In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), we are hosting a Prayer Campaign to prepare our hearts and minds for the day set aside to honor the orphaned, knowing that PRAYER is the best place to start!
Sometimes it’s hard to put into words the plight of the orphan today. When we hear numbers like 153 million as the amount of orphans there are worldwide, it goes way beyond our understanding. Or what about the number of orphans just in our country alone? Over 107,000 children are waiting to be adopted from the US foster care system.* Again, we struggle to really comprehend what that looks like. Sometimes we become numb to the numbers as facts and stats go in one ear and out the other.
Why don’t those numbers make us jump into action? What do those numbers really mean?
They mean that ONE little girl in Guatamala has no parents to tuck her in at night…
..that ONE boy in Ukraine turns to drugs, alcohol, and violence because he has nowhere else to go…
...that ONE little boy in Africa starves because there isn’t enough food for his caretaker to feed him AND her own children.
The stories, situations, and sweet vulnerable children are endless. Instead of being overwhelmed with the many, let’s commit to focus on ONE child.
To start our prayer campaign, will you join us today in praying for ONE child, ONE orphan that you know by name?
If you don’t know any orphan by name, please join us in this prayer for Nellay, a sweet 12-year-old girl who is deaf and lives and attends school at Lifesong Liberia.
Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up Nellay to you. We pray for her health and safety. We pray that if it would be your will her hearing would be restored. Lord, please give her spiritual understanding and growth as she hears the gospel from our staff in Liberia. We pray for healing of her soul for the hardships she has seen and experienced at such a young age. We thank you that YOU are her Father and that YOU have shown YOUR love to her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We encourage you to share the name of the child you prayed for in a comment so we can pray for them too!
*Source: U.S. Government “5th Annual Report to Congress on Public Law 109-95” and affirmed by UNICEF