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Each year Orphan Sunday is a day when thousands of churches worldwide remember the orphan and commit (or re-commit) themselves to answering God’s call to care for the fatherless. Since Christians “are a people called to defend the fatherless . . . to care for the child that has no family . . . to visit orphans in their distress,” Orphan  Sunday is a wonderful and strategic opportunity for us to better equip and mobilize ourselves to do what God, the Father, has called us to do. But for some, Orphan Sunday is much more than that. For some, Orphan Sunday means becoming an ex-orphan.

On this coming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), my brother (pictured here with his soon-to-be son) leaves for Ukraine to bring home two new additions (beautiful children!) to their family, the Cruver family. This Sunday Stephen travels to Ukraine to make two deeply loved and cherished orphans ex-orphans, to make them their beloved children and bring them home, to his and Tricia’s home (Tricia pictured below). Stephen’s and Tricia’s new children have never heard of Orphan Sunday. They don’t know what it is or that churches all over the world observe it. But the day will come when they will learn about Orphan Sunday and begin observing it each year along with hundreds of thousands of Christians from all over the world. But . . . what I believe they will one day remember most about Orphan Sunday is that it is the day that their Daddy traveled half-way across the world to bring them home, to bring them into their family.

So, what will I be doing this coming Orphan Sunday? Well, after I worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ here in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, I will go to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to see my brother off to bring my new niece and nephew home. I can’t say I have ever looked forward to an Orphan Sunday as much as I’m looking forward to this one.

I deeply love my brother and absolutely cannot wait to meet their two newest children in just a couple weeks.

Read Stephen’s and Tricia’s adoption blog: After the Last Tear Falls (named after an Andrew Peterson song). Follow Stephen’s journey on Twitter.

  • Jon S.

    Wonderful news. Congratulations on the new additions to your extended family!

  • Guest

    So thankful to have 2 Ex-Orphans by my side at church tomorrow. Congratulations to you and your brother and his family. How exciting!!!

  • Jake

    Yeah Stephen ended up sexually abusing his daughter that he adopted and got rid of the adopted son. Very great news.

  • Jake

    Yeah Stephen ended up sexually abusing his daughter that he adopted and got rid of the adopted son. Great people…

  • Tania

    This article is false, my name is Tania, my brother and I were adopted by these people. If we were ever loved we would still be with Tricia and Stephen.
    Instead, I was sexually abused by Stephen Cruver. After Tricia found out what was going on, she and Stephen pressured me constantly not to tell anyone, because “everyone would say it was my fault,” “it’s embarrassing for you.” Tricia sided with a child molester instead of protecting a 14 year old girl that she was supposed to take care of as her own.
    My brother was given up for adoption to two different families by Tricia. I wasn’t aware of this decision till he was already gone, I didn’t even get to say goodbye to him, didn’t know if I was ever going to see him again, wasn’t able to talk to him. He thankfully got a family now that loves him dearly. They let him change his name, because his original name reminded him too much of the Cruver’s family, he has fetal alcohol syndrome. The sweetest person I know, my little brother has such a big heart, won’t ever hold anything against anyone, and he got so effected by that family.
    So thank you for teaching us what Orphan Sunday is. We would’ve rather stayed in the orphanage had we known how evil and corrupt those people are.
    We went from already not having a family and broken lives to having one and still not be loved, and on top of it all gone through a terrible time in our childhoods that we will forever be effected by.


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