As I sat spending time with Sandra at a VisionTrust Transitional Home in the Dominican Republic I was both inspired and reminded of God’s great love for us. You see, the young girls at this home have been rescued from extremely tough situations and brought into a loving and caring home that preaches Jesus and God’s love.
“I love to read, study mathematics… and clean,” she told me with a bright smile that can light up even the dimmest of rooms. Sandra and I spent over an hour talking about school and discussing life, and there was no doubt in my mind she has heard of Jesus. And I’m so thankful for that.
Building relationships and taking time to care for orphans (James 1:27) does something to the heart that can only be produced by the Holy Spirit. It gives us a desire to raise awareness, to advocate (Proverbs 31:8-9), and to show Christ’s love.
Why advocate? Because Jesus advocates for us!
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” – 1 John 2:1-2 (ESV)
Jesus Christ reconciles us to the Father (2 Cor. 5:18) and we who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13). This is very good news friends, and this is the groundwork for what I’m talking about next:
On Sunday, November 8, 2015, VisionTrust along with other members of the Christian Alliance for Orphans invites you to stand up for Orphans around the world by participating in Orphan Sunday. All believers of Jesus have the privilege and call to live out Psalm 82:3 which says to, “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”1
Orphan Sunday is made up of local-led events that will take place in many churches around the world and are a call for congregations everywhere to advocate for the least of these in a unified voice.
I think of Sandra when I talk to people about Orphan Sunday. My mind holds a clear picture of this young lady who loves Jesus—who smiles even though her life is tough. Who do you think of? Your sponsored child? Perhaps someone in your community? These are the kids that need your advocacy, prayers and support.
“Orphan Sunday isn’t about charity; it’s about the mission of Christ. I pray that every Gospel-transformed congregation will observe Orphan Sunday, calling all Christians to our mandate to image Christ by caring for his little brothers and sisters, the fatherless of the world.” – Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.2
1ESV Bible 2http://www.OrphanSunday.org/About