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Opportunities to Come Together for Orphans

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 8, 2010

It was a week ago today that over 1000 people gathered together for adoption—for an in-depth consideration of our adoption in Christ and its implications for the church’s engagement in the global orphan crisis. Last week’s gathering together for the sake of the orphan is a microcosm of what is happening all across the U.S. and around the world. God is working within His global people, gathering them together, and sending them out to visit orphans in their distress.

Here are some excellent opportunities within the next month for Christians to come together again for the sake of the orphan:

Mid-Atlantic Orphan Summit (November 5-6). From the website:

Do you desire to gain a deeper understanding of God’s heart for the fatherless?

Are you looking for practical tools to assist you and your church in caring for orphans through adoption, foster care, and international orphan care?

Would you like the opportunity to connect with ministry and organizational leaders, pastors, orphan advocates and other believers who share your passion?

If so, the Mid-Atlantic Orphan Summit is for YOU!

Check out the links on the right for more information about the Summit and download the summit video, poster and bulletin insert to let others in your church know about this event. We hope to see you there!

Orphan Sunday (November 7). From Christian Alliance for Orphans:

If you haven’t already, plan your Orphan Sunday event today!

As you do, you’re also part a national echo with churches across America and beyond.  It’s about waking the Church to God’s heart for the orphan and what we can do in response.

Here are three great options for your Orphan Sunday event:

1)      Simulcast Concert with the Desperation Band. Invite youth pastors and student leaders (and the young in heart!) to host this LIVE simulcast concert on the night of Friday, November 5.  Learn more here! (You can also download free concert posters on the Orphan Sunday resources page.)

2)      Answer the Cry DVD. This 60-minute program highlights ways every Christian can make a lasting difference for an orphan.  Answer the Cry is hosted by bestselling author Francis Chan and features music performances by award-winning artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Schultz. A limited number of DVDs are available at no charge to anyone hosting an Orphan Sunday event, whether in a small living room or a massive church. Answer the Cry will also be available for streaming as of November 1, 2010.   To request a DVD, please email here by October 25, with your name, mailing address and a brief description of your event.

3)      An Event You Create. Orphan Sunday events are as unique as their organizers, from a sermon or Sunday morning prayer to home group Bible study or fundraiser.  The Orphan Sunday site has 59 FREE downloadable resources, and 14 FREE partnership packages and other ideas to help you create your event.

And, once you’ve decided what you’ll do, make sure to post your event on the Orphan Sunday MAP!

What’s the ultimate goal?  Hearts coming to share God’s heart.  Choices made.  Lives altered.  Children rescued.  And God glorified as His people are again known as defenders of the fatherless.


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