For more than 20 years, the 2nd Sunday in November has become known as Orphan Sunday. Tomorrow, November 12th, is Orphan Sunday - 2023. This is not just something that we at Crossroads Compassion Project recognize each year, it is the core of who we are and what we do!
According to UNICEF, there are an estimated 153 Million orphans worldwide. It is also estimated that 5,700 children become orphans each day. There is no question that there is much work to be done!
David Platt, in the book Radical, makes this observation: "Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."
Orphan Sunday is a day, set apart, to recognize and reflect on the plight of orphans around the world. But more importantly, it is a call to action! James 1:27 tells us of our responsibility to care for orphans (and widows), while not allowing the world to corrupt us.
At Crossroads Compassion Project, our middle name is literally "Compassion". And we often say, "In order for compassion to be real, it requires action." So here is the challenge: Orphan Sunday is a day of recognition and reflection. But just like James 1:27, it is also a call to action. How will you respond to the call?
If you would like to know how you can help bring awareness to our global orphan crisis, visit Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) and see how you can help raise awareness where you are. https://cafo.org/
Finally...We would like to give a huge THANK YOU, to our ministry partners, who help us serve. But let's not forget about all the adoptive families, foster families, and workers in the Foster Care Systems and Child Protective Services around the world that serve the vulnerable. THANK YOU for all you do!