James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
All Christians understand that turning away from sin and seeking righteousness, is the fundamental first step in the walk of a believer. When Christ healed the sick, he generally responded by telling them to “go and sin no more”.
We love others, because God loved us, we serve others, because Christ served us, we care for the orphaned and fatherless, because once we were orphaned, and our Father in heaven adopted us.
Working with orphaned and vulnerable children, leads us to the heart of the Gospel. If the Gospel is God doing for us, what we cannot do for ourselves, then when we reach out and care for children who have been orphaned and are in need, when we love them, feed them, teach them and provide for them, we are doing for them what they cannot do for themselves, and it truly drives home the beauty of the love God has for us.
Working in orphan care requires a holistic approach to the work. James 2:15-17 says “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
We can’t just preach The Word to them and send them on their way, at the end of the day, we are responsible for every aspect of their life, food, clothes, education, spiritual training and life skills, in a way we become a family to them.
Our commitment doesn’t end when they age out of the orphanage either, we maintain contact and give them the support they need as they make their way in the world, always ready to lend a helping hand, a listening ear and shoulder to lean on.