The biblical call to “defend the cause of the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) is on hearts and minds of Christians in a way not seen in generations.The national Orphan Sunday campaign led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)has helped stoke this movement to a new intensity, including more than 3,000 local Orphan Sunday events nationwide.  The campaign aims for more than 4,000 events across America the first weekend of November, calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.

Locally, the Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas will come alongside several churches in San Angelo to help them give a face and a name to local orphans.  The Heart Gallery is a photo gallery of children in the foster care system who are waiting for adoption.  The Heart Gallery also serves as a local coordinator of Orphan Sunday and can help connect churches with local orphan’s ministries, CPS representatives, Child Placing Agencies and foster and adoptive families who are willing to share their story.

More than 150 national and international organizations have joined forces in the Christian Alliance for Orphans to promote the campaign, including household names like Bethany Christian Services, Buckner, Focus on the Family, Show Hope and Family Life.

“Orphan Sunday calls the Church to make the Gospel visible,” said Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.  “When Christians open their hearts and homes in adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry, we mirror the God who did the same for us.”

The website www.orphansunday.org serves as a hub for the campaign, offering event ideas, downloadable materials and ways individuals can partner with orphan-serving ministries to hold local events.  The site also contains a map of the country that will highlight local events nationwide as they are scheduled.