In the Bible, God gives many promises to the fatherless and the widow. He promises to…
Defend them; Rescue them; Deliver them; Not to leave them; Come to them; Hear them; Lift them up; Be their Father; Make them a home; Lead them out; Not forget them; Extend mercy towards them; Execute true justice for them; Give them food and clothing; Be their helper; Incline His ear to them; God promises to not forget orphans & widows; Maintain their cause
It is obvious how much He loves the fatherless and the widow. God calls on us to be His agents of action in bringing these promises to fruition in the lives of orphans and widows. That is clearly the call of James 1:27 – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” So Family Christian Stores’ James Fund calls on God’s people, to join us in taking action – to give, to go, to pray, to organize mission trips, to adopt, to take up foster care work, to start orphan care / widow care ministries in their churches, to act on behalf of the orphans and widows in their communities. If you are interested in taking action, here are some helpful website links to some of our ministry partners. Blessings to you as you become His hands and feet in service to orphans and widows.
Bethany Christian Services
Bethany Christian Services manifests the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bethany is a not-for-profit, pro-life, Christian adoption and family services agency. Bethany’s support comes through reimbursement for services, and from gifts received from individuals, churches, corporations, and foundations that share Bethany’s commitment to improving the lives of children and families. With over 75 locations nationwide and international ministries in 15 other countries, Bethany touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year.
Founded by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, Show Hope is dedicated to caring for orphans by engaging the church and helping Christian families reduce financial barriers associated with adoption. By awarding financial adoption grants to qualified families, Show Hope brings children living without the love and hope of an earthly family to be adopted into “covenant homes.” These families provide a child with the knowledge of God’s plan for his and her eternal life with a forever family called The Body of Christ.
Lifesong for Orphans
Lifesong helps remove financial roadblocks by offering matching grants which encourage the adopting couple’s church family to financially and prayerfully support the adoption. Lifesong also offers interest-free loans to adopting couples as a tool to help couples overcome the initial ‘cash flow crunch’ of adoption expenses.
Hope for Orphans
Hope for Orphans serves churches with a heart for orphans in three ways. They educate Christians about God’s heart for orphans and encourage them to practice what God calls in James, chapter one, “pure and undefiled religion” — caring for orphans in their distress. They provide simple, practical, and biblically-based resources that help local church lay leaders launch and develop orphans ministries in their churches. They build strategic relationships with key organizations that we share with local churches as they respond to God’s mandate to care for the orphan.
For information about the availability of financial Adoption Assistance
- Lifesong for Orphans (www.lifesongfororphans.org)
- Bethany Christian Services (www.bethany.org)
- Show Hope (www.showhope.org)
- Abba Fund (www.abbafund.org)
For information about starting Orphan & Widow Care Ministries
For information about going on Mission Trips
- Good Goers Mission-Based Adventure Travels (www.goodgoers.com)