"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction" (James 1:27)
On November 11, join EFCA churches across the nation in the cause of the orphan.
Tell me more about GlobalFingerprints
GlobalFingerprints was launched in 2006 to help the Evangelical Free Churches of the Democratic Republic of Congo respond to the overwhelming number of AIDS orphans. Today, GlobalFingerprints serves nearly 3,500 children in 10 countries. When a child is sponsored, GlobalFingerprints ensures their educational, medical and nutritional needs are met. Even more importantly, they make sure the children learn about Jesus and are connected to the local church. What makes GlobalFingerprints unique is its connection to ReachGlobal, the global mission of the EFCA. GlobalFingerprints not only helps children in great need, it also helps plant and strengthen churches. In some cases, GlobalFingerprints provides church planters access to areas they could not reach otherwise.
What is Orphan Sunday?
God birthed Orphan Sunday through the generosity and compassion of His people in Zambia. In 2003, during the height of the AIDS crisis, a Zambian pastor pleaded for his congregation to care for the AIDS orphans in their community. The members of the church were poor themselves. But as the service ended, one after another stepped forward with money, food and other goods. Some even removed their own shoes and placed them in the offering for orphans. This movement to care for orphans spread throughout Zambia. In time it reached the United States where the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), an alliance of churches and Christian organizations caring for orphans and vulnerable children, began promoting Orphan Sunday in the US. Today, hundreds of churches around the world unite on the second Sunday of November to remember the orphan and to encourage their people to care for them in Christ’s name.
How is the EFCA involved?
GlobalFingerprints, the child sponsorship program of the Evangelical Free Church of America, is partnering with Christian Alliance for Orphans to promote Orphan Sunday. On Sunday, November 11, many EFCA churches will highlight GlobalFingerprints and encourage their people to sponsor children.
Why should our church partner with GlobalFingerprints on Orphan Sunday?
One important aspect is discipleship. The Bible instructs His people to care for orphans and the poor.
Child sponsorship through GlobalFingerprints is one simple way they can respond to the Bible’s call to help the poor and orphans and is a great step into global missions. When a member of your church sponsors a child, they have a connection with what God is doing in another part of the world. As they pray and support the child financially, their heart for the world will grow. Of course, your people aren’t the only ones who will be impacted! Your involvement in Orphan Sunday will also transform the lives of children. When someone from your church sponsors a child, that child will receive an education, proper nutrition and medical care. Most importantly, they will learn about Jesus and be connected to a local church. What a privilege and joy to be part of God’s work in transforming children!
How can my church participate?
At the most basic level, you show the GlobalFingerprints video (above), which features an orphan helped by child sponsorship, and encourage your congregation to sponsor a child. Volunteers will staff a table in the foyer to answer questions and register people interested in sponsoring a child.
For greater impact you might consider running a GlobalFingerprints campaign over several weeks. With a campaign, your church sets a goal to sponsor a certain number of children, maybe even in a specific country, and promotes sponsorship for several weeks. This gives your church the opportunity to make a much larger, concerted impact on one area of the world.
What's described here is just the beginning. You could theme the entire service to God's mercy, add promramming for the children or encourage the youth to do a fundraiser to help the poor. Possiblities are limitless.
You might want to appoint someone in the congregation to coordinate the event. GlobalFingerprints will help provide all the resources and support they need leading up to Orphan Sunday.
What will GlobalFingerprints provide?
- Sample announcement
- Background slides
- Bulletin inserts
- A guide for your Orphan Sunday coordinator
- Support for your Orphan Sunday coordinator This may seem a bit overwhelming. That’s why you might want to appoint
- GlobalFingerprints T-shirts
- GlobalFingerprints giveaway items
- GlobalFingerprints brochures
What’s the next step?
GlobalFingerprints would love to partner with you to help children in great need. Begin with filling out a request for resources form by clicking the button below.