As we continue our series through James' letter to the first century church, we land on the verse that gives practical examples of how to not only hear the Word, but to do what it says.
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. James 1:27 (ESV)
How appropriate that this past Sunday was "Orphan Sunday."
I have shared in previous posts this week of the story our church has entered regarding the plight of the orphan. That journey continues to gather steam and last Sunday, we focused on why we advocate and then shared some practical steps for believers to enter the story as individuals.
One of the most amazing moments from last Sunday was the time of prayer over families who are either fostering children or are/have adopted children. To see the dozens of families stand before their church declaring that they have not only heard the Word in this area, but are doing the Word was amazing.
The fact that not every family is called to foster or adopt is clear, but so too is the reality that no Christ-follower can opt out of praying for or advocating for the orphan. This is a family story. . .a firstFAMILY story.
Prayer Cards for Clay County Children
We provided hundreds of prayer cards to members of our family last week. There were two varieties. The first had a name, gender and age of a child in our county. There were over 100 of these. These children are in our foster care system now and our prayer is for them, their families and the potential of a forever family stepping forward for them. Ages ranged from 4 months to 17 years.
The second group of cards featured six individuals. These are teenagers in our county who are just waiting. They are ready for adoption. Our prayer is that six Christian families inner county will say "yes" to adopt and provide these children homes.
Since we have been given permission to share these images and names, please take the time to pray specifically for these children. Their details are listed below.