Orphan Sunday: Ten Ways You Can Help the Orphan

Guest ColumnistCommunity News

by Tracy Wilcox

.      Pray for them.

• Tape a waiting child’s picture to your dashboard and pray for them every time you get into your car.

• Pray for them in your home group.

2.    Speak up for them.

•Carry a waiting child’s picture and show it to other believers.  Ask if they, or someone they know, would give this child a home.

•Become a court appointed special advocate for a child in foster care. Visit NationalCASA.org for details.

3.    Provide for their needs.

•Give sacrificially to a reputable orphanage. Visit HelpOrphans.org

•Organize a drive in your church to collect school supplies for children in foster care or shoes for orphans overseas. Check out the Soles 4 Souls table after the service.

•In December support Bridges of Hope by buying jewelry and other goods.

4.    Support those who are supporting them.

•Mow the lawn, babysit, or organize meals for a week for foster parents.

•Pray with them and tell them you appreciate what they do.

•Encourage a family adopting an older child by hosting a shower for them.

5.    Protect them from harm.

•Become a foster parent or emergency foster parent. Check out the Angels and Arrow table for more information.

•Raise money to build a children’s home to help to remove children from the streets.

6.    Visit them where they are.

•Go on a mission trip to an orphanage on an ongoing basis.

•Be a part of Kid’s Club or tutor a foster child.

7.    Give sacrificially to them.

•Contribute generously to our Santa Barbara Lifesong Adoption Fund to help an adoptive family to help offset their adoption costs.

•Make Thanksgiving Bags in your home group and participate in Operation Christmas Child. See the table after the service for more information.

8.    Encourage them to press on.

•Sponsor a child, support them financially, and encourage them through your letters. Visit VisionTrust.org, Compassion.org and Hopechest.org to learn more.

•Become a mentor or tutor a teenager in a foster group-home. Check out the Fighting-Back Mentor Program.

•Help out with Kid’s Club or Royal Family Kids Camp.

9.    Adopt them into your family.

•Give a child a home through international, domestic, or foster care adoption.

•Adopt a young adult who has aged out of the foster care system.

10.  Mobilize your church for them.

Join Community ONE:27 in their efforts to stand for the orphan. Contact Tracy Wilcox.