In regard to providing for orphans, one needs to know who is considered an orphan.
Definition of orphan by Webster’s dictionary:
1: A child deprived by death of one or usually both parents.
In light of the times we live in, it also has added meaning. For example, both parents may be in jail, and there may not be any close relatives who can take care of the kids. Another situation may arise when both parents are sick and incapable of raising the kids. Still yet, there may be a couple who cannot financially support their kids and as such, give them to an orphanage for care.
With those thoughts in mind, let us explore ways of providing for orphans.
James 1:27 (International Standard Version)
“A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
James the Apostle instructed the church to support orphans who are suffering. Many churches do send financial and other aid to help orphans, but I still feel there is much more that can be done to help.
Churches should have a regular financial system set up whereby, orphanages will receive help allowing them to continue to function. Some children’s homes are barely surviving because of financial shortages.
The businesses in any community should be willing and ready to make contributions to the support of orphans. For example, the clothing industry can donate clothes for the orphans. Grocery stores can make monthly gifts of groceries to feed the homeless children. Restaurants and others can provide meals regularly to the orphanages.
Other God-fearing people in the community are generous with their wealth. They may belong to another religious group or faith, but they are willing to cast their lot to help an orphan. Someone may want to sponsor a kid—that is, providing food and clothes and schooling for one child. Others may help pay a caregiver salary.
Still, some will give financially to pay for the utilities and general maintenance of the facilities. Be reminded that taking care of orphan kids includes food, housing, schooling, and medical care.
Unless the community knows about the needs through regular communication, they may not be aware to help. It is important that the heads of orphanages, or the responsible persons, provide regular news reports of the orphanage to the community.
Some other means of providing for orphans, which some children’s homes use, are golf tournaments, walk-a-thons, and the sales of items. We must not forget that we are exhorted by Jesus himself to ask.
Matthew 7:7 (International Standard Version)
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you.”
If we ask in prayer believing, we will receive. As a way of keeping the need before the church, the orphanages must ask for prayer often. Prayer for every child, every caregiver, and worker should be on the prayer list of many churches
S. Surujpaul, Bless the Children Home
Guyana, South America