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Five Things Thursday: Giving Hands

November 10, 2011

Each week Abbie over at Five Days, Five Ways hosts a “five things” link-party and this week’s theme is “Giving Hands”.

Such a timely post, as November 6th was Orphan Sunday, where Christians come together to support orphans around the world.  Did you know that there are over 140,000,00 orphans in the world?  Yes, that is millions.  Half the population of the United States.

What can you do to help orphans?

ADOPTION

  • Engage important beginning questions with the Hope for Orphans’ Welcome Home” booklet
FOSTER CARE

See if an Alliance member agency facilitates foster care in your area.
(If not, visit Adopt Us Kids)

Learn more about the Safe Families Program for churches as an alternative to the foster system

Learn from Alliance member Embrace how to create a foster ministry in your church

Visit the Alliance Resource Library for quality books and resources

Support and partner with Alliance member organizations that help the Church serve and mentor foster youth:

GLOBAL

Support trustworthy Alliance member organizations serving orphans around the world

Use the Next Steps Booklet guide to identify organizations that can help you engage, from mission trips to church-to-church partnerships

Prepare for effective engagement with the Journeys of Faith Booklet and other reading

Visit the Alliance Resource Library for quality books and resources

Help student groups get involved through the Heartwork Campaign

CHURCH MINISTRY

Check out recent Alliance webinars (free) and Summit sessions (at cost) on key orphan ministry topics

Join church orphan ministries from across the U.S. and beyond for Summit VIII

Visit the Alliance Resource Library for quality books and resources

Read Hope for Orphans’ Launching an Orphan Ministry in Your Church and consider hosting an If You Were Mine Conference

Order Answer the Cry: Faces of Hope, a 30-minute DVD that challenges Christians to see orphans as God does and to be willing to do whatever He asks to serve them and to bring them hope. You can also view it LIVE online.

Learn from Alliance member churches with growing orphan ministries

Some great books on the Biblical foundation for orphan ministry:

GROW A HEART FOR THE FATHERLESS IN YOUR KIDS

Help student groups get involved through the Heartwork Campaign

Explore the Alliance Resource Library for good children’s books:

Check out Alliance Member Caleb Resources’ Red Card Kids

Order Answer the Cry: Faces of Hope, a 30-minute DVD that challenges Christians to see orphans as God does and to be willing to do whatever He asks to serve them and to bring them hope. You can also view it LIVE online.

Compelling movies to watch and discuss:

  • Emmanuel’s Gift, 2006 (Rated: G)
  • War Dance, 2008 (Rated: PG—13, some very intense scenes)
  • Beat the Drum, 2007 (Not Rated)
  • The Gladys Aylward Story, 2008 (Animated, Rated: G)
Won’t you find a way to help an orphaned child?  One sure way you could help is to donate to the month-long giveaway/fund-raiser that Abbie is hosting, to support Parental Care Ministries.  This ministry does so much for orphaned children in Uganda, and you can help by donating. . .there is even a donor who is going to match donations–so what you give will be worth even more.
Will you be His hands and feet?
PS. . .I want to say how proud I am of my sons for serving others:  Our teenager is a member of Invisible Children through his school, and we all go and “feed the Grandmas” (take a meal to the elderly) the first and third Fridays of the month with our church small group.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2011 11:32 pm

    What an awesome, thought-provoking post. Found you from Abbie’s blog, and I’ll be back!

    • November 11, 2011 10:47 am

      Thank you so much! Most of the content came from the Orphan Sunday site. I always like to read your “five things” posts too!

  2. November 11, 2011 12:09 am

    It was great to hear from you tonight at the Supermom event. I could hear your passion as you spoke. Very Heartfelt. I LOVE your style too! Glad to have a blog follower in this area.

    • November 11, 2011 10:48 am

      Well, thank you, but I don’t that was me–I was safely tucked in my bed in St. Louis : ) So glad you got to go to the Supermom event, though!

    • November 12, 2011 9:35 pm

      Hey Christie! So glad to get to speak at Super Night with Super Mom! And Molly, I mean it in the nicest way when I saw that I’m sad you were tucked in your bed. Wish you could have been there, friend! Thanks for the PCM fundraiser promotion and for such a great post promoting awareness for adoption!

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