Orphan Sunday Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Orphan Sunday?

On Orphan Sunday, Christians around the globe celebrate the love of the God who “defends the cause of
the fatherless” and calls us to do the same. Ultimately, Orphan Sunday makes God’s true character and
the Gospel itself visible as God’s people explore and respond to His heart for the orphan in adoption,
foster care, and global orphan ministry.

Why Orphan Sunday?

God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of the orphan (i.e. Dt 10:18; Ps 68:5-6). He calls His
people to share this passion and bring to each child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed (Is
1:17; Jms 1:27; Mt. 25:40). On Orphan Sunday, the Church is reminded of this truth and invited to act
upon it.

What does an Orphan Sunday event or activity look like?

Each local Orphan Sunday event or activity is created by local believers in the local church. So events
vary as much as the people and churches involved. Events in 2011 included sermons and Sunday School
classes on God’s heart for the orphan, prayer gatherings, fasts and simple meals, student-led
fundraisers, foster family recruiting and live concerts.

What resources can we draw from?

Visit the Resources page on the Orphan Sunday website as it holds an resources for local events.

Whom does Orphan Sunday impact?

As Christians respond to God’s call to care for orphans, lives are transformed. Certainly,
orphans and foster youth are changed forever. But it doesn’t stop there. Individual Christians are drawn
beyond a self-focused religion to vibrant, sacrificial discipleship. Their churches grow, too, as the
community see God’s heart and mirror it. Finally, a watching world is changed as it sees the Gospel
made visible in Christian adoption, foster care and global orphan care.

Who leads the Orphan Sunday campaign?

The Orphan Sunday campaign is led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), a national coalition of
organizations and churches committed to the Gospel and the orphan. CAFO includes more than
150 trusted organizations.
Orphan Sunday events are held worldwide each year.


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