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Remember China’s Orphans

by Dan Cruver Published Feb 5, 2010

On January 4th I listed what I’m asking God to do in the church in 2010 for the sake of the orphan. Since the orphan crisis is a global crisis and Christ’s Church is a global Church, I thought it would be helpful to do a series of prayer-posts that focus on the orphan crisis in different countries throughout the world. While the earthquake in Haiti has increased needed awareness of Haiti’s orphan crisis, we must be careful not to forget the needs of orphans elsewhere. Lord willing, this series of posts will help remind us that there are children all over the world who need our prayers, advocacy, and care.

10 Prayers for the Sake of China’s Orphans in 2010
by Wendy Cosby

[Wendy serves as the program director for Show Hope and oversees the adoption assistance, church ministry and short-term mission trips programs.]

Gracious God, we pray:

…that you would show yourself to be both Father and Defender to orphans in China – for those currently finding shelter within the orphanages as well as those living on their own. Protect them, care for them and secure justice for them. May they cling to you as their refuge.

The children of men take refuge in the shadow of Thy wings. Psalm 36:7b

…that the inherent value of these children would be deeply established in the hearts of those living most closely at hand with them. We pray the overseers of the orphanages, as well as all care providers, would have a supernatural love and tender heart for the least of these entrusted to their care.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

…that the caregivers of these children would have opportunities to learn more about best practices for those in their protection. Give them hearts to advocate on behalf of these little ones and seek their best interest always.

Make me know Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me. Psalm 25:4-5a

…particularly for the adoption of older children and those with special medical or mental needs. These children are often marginalized, even within the orphan community worldwide. We ask for adoptive families to be raised up, both in China and abroad, who would be blessed and able to care for orphans with special needs.

I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, I Am the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:3

…that any unnecessary obstructions would be removed from the adoption process: bureaucratic barriers, financial barriers, or cultural ones. We pray that every child who remains waiting would one day be able to know the love of a forever family, and that you guide their placements into faith-filled families in China and abroad.

God sets the lonely in families. Psalm 68:6a

…for the many families who are in the adoption process from China. Lord, we ask that you strengthen their hearts, and help them to be content in your love for them and the child they are adopting. Give them a peace that surpasses all understanding as they wait and trust in your sovereign timing.

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14

…for a viable support network for those orphans aging out of the system; that they would be provided the transitional opportunities and services needed to gracefully move into adulthood. We pray that you would raise up servants from faith communities in China to become advocates for the least of these who still need love and guidance.

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

…that there would be a spirit of unity and mutual support among those serving in China. We pray that their love for each other, and the orphans whom they serve in your name, would be as salt and light to all those around them.

Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven. Matthew 5:16

…that your people would move forward in wisdom and strength as they pursue meaningful and creative ways to fulfill your call on their lives this very day. Raise up other workers for the harvest who will join in this work to be your hands and feet in China.

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:15

…that you would strengthen the marriages, homes, families, and faith of your servants in China, all to the glory of your name. We pray for continued favor for the work of their hands as you multiply their efforts for your glory.

Therefore my brethren, who I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. Philippians 4:1

  • keller hackbusch


    thanks for this. Although Haiti is current, urgent, and very serious…we still have 140+million orphans around the world that we should be praying for.

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