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Orphan Sunday – Live From Kansas City
By Kinsey Thurlow on September 16th, 2011

Today, children will wake up frightened and alone, having survived another night of abuse. Children will wander the streets, searching for food to put in their starving bodies. Millions more will walk the halls of crowded orphanages or institutions.

What will the Church do about the orphan crisis that reaches across the globe?

On November 6, Christians around the world will come together to recognize Orphan Sunday. On Orphan Sunday, thousands of events will resound across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find resonance in the lives of people everywhere. Last year, locally-organized events varied from sermons focused on how adoption mirrors the Gospel, to adoption fundraisers, community-wide rallies, concerts, and prayer gatherings.

There are roughly 420,000 children in the foster system in the U.S. today, with nearly 120,000 waiting to be adopted. Globally, an estimated 18.3 million children have lost both parents[1]. One can easily be overwhelmed when staring at these great numbers that reveal so great a need. But instead of throwing up our hands, feeling defeated by so great a crisis, we can lift our hands to the One whose heart holds the solution. Rather than staring at the problem, we must lift up our heads and stare into the eyes of our God. We can truly look to Him with great hope, believing that He is true to His name, a Defender of the orphan and a Father to the fatherless.

On November 6th, many across the nation will turn their attention to Kansas City to join in with the national Orphan Sunday event “LIVE from Kansas City.” This one-hour webcast event will connect believers worldwide in guided PRAYER for the fatherless, along with global WORSHIP led by Jon Egan of the Desperation Band and Jon Thurlow from the International House of Prayer.

To watch live via webcast on November 6th at 6pm, or to register to attend this event in person, register at www.orphansunday.org. Registration is free, but seating is limited, so register today to attend this historic event!

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