While most people cannot imagine the thought of growing up without parents, the sad reality is that there are over 140 million orphans in the world. The statistics are shocking. The need is overwhelming. At times it may be tempting to distance ourselves from the worldwide orphan crisis and believe that we can’t make a difference.
Lisa Holbrook, Executive Director of Caroline’s Promise, a local adoption and orphan advocacy organization says people have many options when it comes to reaching out to orphans. “I think we get overwhelmed by the statistics and underestimate the difference we can make through our prayers, advocating for the needs of orphans and using our gifts to join the cause.” says Holbrook. Orphan Sunday is a nationwide effort to increase awareness and encourage action by the church in response to the orphan crisis.
The official website is http://www.orphansunday.org/Locally, several events are being held in observance of Orphan Sunday this weekend. Here is a list of events with details and contact information.
Friday, November 6, 12:30pm
Chapel for Students and Home School Families
First Christian Church 1130 N. Main Street, Kernersville
Join us for this interactive service where we’ll learn about the needs of orphans and how we can make a difference! Contact Tim Wall for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 6, 7:00pm
Family Prayer Service for Orphans
First Christian Church 1130 N Main Street, Kernersville
Join us for this family friendly, interactive prayer service. Local ministries will be there to answer questions and show you how you can make a difference for orphans! If you would like to join our Adoption Choir which will perform during the service, contacts us asap! Contact Lisa Holbrook for more information: LisaHolbrook@CarolinesPromise.Net_
Saturday, November 7, 4:30-7:00 PM
Shoes for Stew
Shady Grove Wesleyan Church 119 N. Bunker Hill Road, Colfax
Bring a new pair of tennis shoes for orphans in Guatemala and receive a chicken stew meal for two! Hosted by Amber Graveley as part of her Senior Project! Contact her for more information at email@example.com
Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Steven Curtis Chapman Live-Stream Concert celebrating Orphan Sunday
First Presbyterian Church ,300. N. Cherry St, Winston-Salem
In recognition of Orphan Sunday, come out for a fantastic Steven Curtis Chapman "Live-stream" concert event---THIS Sunday at First Presbyterian in downtown Winston-Salem. 336-722-4162 Contact: Jenna Penner firstname.lastname@example.org