Wednesday, November 8, 2017

God’s Heart for the Orphan

God cares for those who have lost it all.  The prophets of the Old Testament continually chastised God’s people for failing to take care of the poor, widows and orphans.  I am blessed to lead a church that strives to have the heart of God.  We continue to take seriously our role in helping those who have lost it all.  Our Grace Ministry helps those who need repairs or general maintenance to their homes.  We have a ministry to shut-ins that makes sure their basic needs are being addressed.  And we also love the orphan.

Sunday is Orphan Sunday.  It is a day for us to remember the real need of those who need parents to love them.  There are 9600 children in Oklahoma who find themselves in foster care.  On any given day 350 of these children are eligible for adoption but have yet to find a forever home.  That is just the reality in Oklahoma.  UNICEF estimates that around 140 million orphans exist world-wide.  Many of these vulnerable children will end up begging in the streets, sold as slaves or sold into the sex trade.  It is the call of God for all of us to do something to help these hurting children.

Eastern Heights has been great to me and my family as we do our part in addressing the foster crisis in Oklahoma.  Each person who encourages us, babysits our wild crew and shows them the love of Christ is just as much helping these children as we are.  You have shown that same love to many of the families in our church who have opened their homes up for foster children.  One behalf of all the foster families in our church, thank you!

Another way we care for the orphan is through Manna Ministries.  Manna Ministries provides daily meals to hundreds of widows and orphans in Malawi, Africa.  Two of the three feeding centers have been started in memory of former church members.  Many of you have given sacrificially to provide for these vulnerable people.  Thank you for your continued support.

There is a place for all of us in helping orphans.  We all have different roles.  If you would like to discuss how you can help in a more significant way with the foster crisis in Oklahoma or with feeding orphans in Malawi, please let me.  It is the heart of God.

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