There Are No Orphans of God: Orphan Sunday 2013

One of my favorite songs of the past few years is "Orphans of God." There is such beauty in these words ... There are no strangers There are no outcasts There are orphans of God. So many fallen But hallelujah There are no orphans of God. Today is Orphan Sunday.  While we know there are no orphans of God, no child without a Father in His kingdom, we also know there are an estimated 153 million orphans around the world. 153 million.  What can we do? The numbers overwhelm.  The ... [Read More]

31 Million Orphans. Tell Their Story!

One of the things I love best about blogging is having the opportunity to tell stories.  Not just the stories about my life but the stories of people around the world.  Stories of wells dug and women freed are powerful.  Stories matter. UNICEF estimates there are 31 million children orphaned and abandoned in this nation of 1.2 billion.  Just like I have a hard time wrapping my head around the 27 million people enslaved worldwide, the idea of 31 million orphans in one country leaves me ... [Read More]

Giving {Living} Beyond

For most of us, this week will be filled with food and family, traditions and even some shopping. But for millions around the world - and even many in our communities - this Thursday will not be a festive family occasion.    In fact, for many, Thanksgiving is the beginning of the most depressing time of the year, not the most wonderful. As many as 3.5 million people are homeless in the United States during any given week ... and up to 40% of that number are families with children.  ... [Read More]

A Prayer for the Orphans

Orphan Sunday. That the need for such a day even exists leaves my heart aching. But it does ... and we know this, God Himself is passionate about orphans! In fact, a measure of our own depth of love for Him and relationship with Him is our concern and involvement in orphan and widow care (James 1:27). The need is great, the opportunities are many. Across the globe and for most of us, across the street as well. A Prayer for the Orphans Lord, we are overwhelmed by the numbers and ... [Read More]