Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's Orphan Sunday!

Today is Orphans Sunday, the day that thousands of people around our country have been preparing for. Nearly 400 events are taking place this weekend around the U.S. and several other countries. Why? Because God has been stirring in people's hearts to respond to His mandate in James 1:27, to care for the orphan and the widow.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. " That's all God really asks of us.

Earlier in the chapter, James says, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

I implore you, on behalf of the 143 million orphans of this world, to find an Orphan Sunday event in your community where you can:

1. join with other believers to pray for orphans and the thousands of churches & organizations that serve them.

2. get educated about the plight of the orphan.

3. be affirmed and re-ignited about your own ministry to orphans.

4. find out how God is calling YOU to be a part of serving orphans.

You can find an event in your community by going to If you live in the Chicagoland area, we invite you to attend the Willow Creek Orphan Sunday Event, taking place this evening.

Sunday, November 7, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Willow Creek Community Church
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL
Room 100b (under the chapel)

The evening event will include the premier of “Answer the Cry”, created by Focus on the Family for Orphan Sunday 2010. This hour-long video features Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Schultz, Francis Chan and more.

You will be moved and inspired by representatives from Safe Families, Royal Family Kids Camp, The Heart Gallery, and Willow Creek Global Connections, that will speak about their roles in serving orphans & vulnerable children.

Attendees will view and pray for children in the Heart Gallery of Illinois, which showcases children in foster care who are waiting for adoption.

This free event also includes light refreshments.

Childcare if available if you r.s.v.p. with the number of children and their ages to For more information contact Dina at 630-213-3558.

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