But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
November 3 is Orphan Sunday.
There are an estimated 153,000,000 orphans worldwide and these vulnerable children are among the poorest of the poor, utterly unable to help themselves. These children are often hidden or overlooked, and this weekend emphasis seeks to bring their situation into the light. In addition to the awareness and prayer offered in the worship services, opportunities to get involved will be made available on all campuses.
For more information, Cassie Schumacher (612-338-7653 x437).
Ministries with whom Bethlehem is involved:
Post-Adoption Support Class: "Parenting Adopted Children"
Safe Families for Children Twin Cities
711 10th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Volunteer families build relationships with at-risk families and can open their homes to children. This allows parents to have the time and space to work out their problems without having to worry about losing parental custody.
The MICAH Fund
(Minority Infant and Children Adoption Help)
2112 Broadway St. NE, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413
The MICAH Fund, established in 1990, was born out of a need to facilitate the adoption of minority children whose birthparents desired to voluntarily release them in adoption. The fund provides financial assistance for qualified adoptive parents in Minnesota and the surrounding states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin for the payment of fees to those agencies who are committed to providing quality services to birthparents, their children, and prospective Christian parents. The fund is managed by volunteers and the MICAH Fund Committee.
The LYDIA Fund
(Let Youths be Delivered from Institutions by Adoption)
P.O. Box 156
Circle Pines, MN 55014
The LYDIA Fund exists to glorify God by rescuing orphans, and this by encouraging and enabling Christian married couples to adopt children out of orphanages and similar institutions overseas by praying, by providing financial assistance, and by mobilizing God’s people to participate in this mission.
10700 Lyndale Ave S, Ste 200
Bloomington, MN 55420
The mission of Orphan's Joy is to see God work in orphan ministries where faith in Jesus is at the core of their ministry, and his gospel is shared in the work. We want to support those who are providing care to orphans and speaking and teaching of Jesus with the aim that orphans will follow Jesus as they begin their own families and lead their communities and churches.
3025 Harbor Lane N #316
Plymouth, MN 55447
At Bethany Christian Services, we believe every child is loved by God and that God created families for the nurture and care of children. We believe children thrive best in families. By God's grace, we strive every day to be the hands and feet of Jesus—working toward a world where every child, everywhere, has a loving family. We strive to do this through Domestic Infant Adoption, International Adoption, Foster Care Adoption, International Foster-to-Adopt ministries. Through family preservation services, we strive to help families develop necessary skills, overcome their circumstances, and become able to keep their family together. Family preservation services include Foster Care, Safe Families for Children (SFFC), Refugee Services, Family Strengthening Services, and International Training and Partnerships. In addition, we strive to help children and families address challenges in their life through Pregnancy Counseling, Caring Connection, Stepping Stones, Family & Individual Counseling, Post-Adoption Services, and Trauma-Based Counseling.
We believe God is calling families from His church in Minnesota to step forward and become families for 500 waiting children in the next three years...350 from the Minnesota foster care system and 150 from around the world. Would you join us in reaching this goal?
Orphan-care information and resources from the Bethlehem Website
- Prolife ministry
- Sermons, articles, etc., on adoption
- Sermons about children
- Sermons about parenting
Christian Alliance for Orphans
6723 Whittier Avenue, Suite 202
Mclean, VA 22101
Christian Alliance for Orphans is a national coalition of organizations and churches committed to the Gospel and the orphan. The Alliance includes more than 75 respected ministries and more than 1000 churches.
We seek to stimulate and help grow Christian communities committed to adoption, foster care and global orphan care in the local church. Our united efforts include the national Summit, the Orphan Sunday campaign, monthly webinars, and an array of other initiatives.
I Care About Orphans
Focus on the Family
8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80995
I Care About Orphans is a ministry of Focus on the Family and includes these aspects of orphan care.
Wait No More: Finding families for Waiting Children and Youth in Foster Care
Cry of the Orphan national media partnership to raise global awareness on the needs of orphans
Post-Placement support and resources for adoptive families
Christians have a clear command to care for orphans, and there are many ways to get involved—praying, giving, mobilizing your church or adopting. Whichever you decide, we’ll provide guidance and support as you walk down this incredibly rewarding path. Our hope is that you begin to see the face of Christ in these children.
Hope for Orphans
2001 W. Plano Parkway Suite #3442
Plano, TX 75075
Hope for Orphans is a ministry of Family Life.
We 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.
We provide simple, practical, and biblically-based resources that help local church lay leaders launch and develop orphans ministries in their churches.
P.O. Box 14727
Greensboro, NC 27415
ABBA Fund helps adopting couples with financial solutions.
ABBA Fund exists to glorify God as one of His instruments in helping the fatherless (James 1:27).
We believe that the best environment for the raising and training of children is in a godly home with a father and mother. ABBA Fund provides interest-free covenant loans to Christian couples who are called by God to expand their families through adoption and who need help with the “cash flow crunch” posed by adoption expenses.
Lists of Christian adoption agencies, orphan care ministries, and organizations that help financially: http://www.abbafund.org/resources.htm
Together for Adoption exists to provide gospel-centered resources that magnify the adopting grace of God the Father in Christ Jesus and mobilize the church for global orphan care.