Getting Started in Orphan Care Ministry

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As part of their global purpose, Alex Himaya, Senior Pastor of The Church at BattleCreek in Tulsa, Oklahoma, made adoption and orphan care part of the ministry of the church and explains what churches can to do to get involved in the area of orphan care. 

Read Psalm 68:5–6. As we see God's expression of His profound concern for the orphan in Scripture, we see God's heart in that He loves all of His children dearly. What does God's consistent concern for the orphan tell you about His heart for you?
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Alex's advice for getting your church involved in orphan care:
  1. Pray.
  2. Gather others around you who are already interested in orphan care.
  3. Get someone outside of the church staff to lead your interest in orphan care.

What areas of orphan care interest you (financial support, missional work, adoption, foster care)? Who do you know who is interested or involved in orphan care?
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Tami was a successful single woman who went to Kyrgyzstan to serve in an orphanage on a mission trip. This uplifting real-life story shows Tami's desire to demonstrate God's love to an orphan even when the future seemed bleak.

God calls us to display His love. In the process, we experience God's heart more deeply ourselves. What can you do to reveal God's love and concern to those around you?
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When we accept God's calling to make caring for the orphans of the world personal, it can be a confusing process. Pray that God will guide you as you begin to discover your role in orphan care.

Alex said, " I don't think every believer is called to adopt, but we are all called to represent God's heart and so every local church needs a niche in the world of orphan care …"

Alex offered help and information on how you can get started in orphan care at Adopt(ed).