Orphan Awareness Month
Happy first day of November! We have now entered the eleventh month of 2016, can you believe it?! When you think of November, what comes to mind? I immediately think of fall décor, the story of the Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, and a beautiful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. However, the month of November is about so much more than turkey.
For the Christian, November is a month to think about others; a time of reflection upon what we have in an affluent society and what others around the world don’t. Because an attitude of thankfulness—what Thanksgiving is all about—means being thankful to God for the blessings He has given, then looking around and seeing others who may not be so blessed and filling in the void.
As we already discovered in our last post, November 14-17th is the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child, but November is also orphan awareness month with November 13th of this year set aside as Orphan Sunday. Last year, in November 2015, I wrote a series of articles discovering God’s heart for the fatherless and needy. Therefore, I will not re-write what’s already been explored in depth, but rather send you over to “Father to the Fatherless”. For as Christians, we are called and mandated to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and one of the chief complaints God had against rebelling Israel before sending them into exile was that they no longer cared for the orphan and widow. What, therefore, would God say about us?
So throughout this month, please take time to explore the adoption/orphan care section of this website and read what God has to say about the Christian’s responsibility in orphan care, and then finish off with my own personal story and testimony to the miracle of adoption. May the Lord move you and stir your heart for the plight of the orphan!
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