Orphan Care

The helpless put their trust in You. You are the defender of orphans Lord; You know the hopes of the helpless. Surely You will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them” (Psalm 10:17-18).

Did you know there are upwards of 150 million orphans in our world right now? Most of us have a tough time imagining the life of an orphaned child. It’s difficult to fathom a day without food, clean water, education, or the presence of a loving parent. These vulnerable children have no one to care for them when they fall down, are hungry, sick, or need protection from the pouring rain. They have no hope for a home and a family.

The Lord is the answer and the Church is the means by which He will change the lives of these children forever. The Bible mentions caring for widows and orphans over forty times. In fact, the Bible says one measure of our faith is whether we care for widows and orphans in their distress (James 1:27). Because God cares for orphans, he wants us to care for them as well. Saddleback Church has chosen to make the care of orphans and vulnerable children a signature issue of our church. We are providing meaningful ways for every person to engage in caring for orphans through local churches at home and around the world.

Churches are the most influential source of care and support. As the distribution center for hope in a community, the local church is best able to identify needs and support interventions for orphaned and vulnerable children in every community.

Whether you’re a person interested in caring for orphans locally or globally, there is information and support for you. If you’re exploring adoption or foster care internationally or domestically, we’re ready to serve you.

WHEREAS, in the gospel we have received the “Spirit of adoption” whereby we are no longer spiritual orphans but are now beloved children of God and joint heirs with Christ
(John 14:18; Rom. 8:12-25; Gal. 3:27-4:9; Eph. 1:5); and

WHEREAS, the God we now know as our Father reveals himself as a “father of the fatherless” (Ps. 68:5) who grants mercy to orphans (Deut. 10:18; Hos. 14:3); and

WHEREAS, our Lord Jesus welcomes the little ones (Luke 18:15-17), pleads for the lives of the innocent (Ps. 72:12-14), and shows us that we will be held accountable for our response to “the least of these my brethren” (Matt. 25:40); and

WHEREAS, the Scripture defines “pure and undefiled religion” as “to visit orphans and widows in their trouble” (Jas. 1:27); and

WHEREAS, the satanic powers have warred against infants and children from Pharaoh to Moloch to Herod and, now, through the horrors of a divorce culture, an abortion industry, and the global plagues of disease, starvation, and warfare; and

WHEREAS, Gatlin Baptist has articulated an unequivocal commitment to the sanctity of all human life, born and unborn; and

WHEREAS, a church defined by the Great Commission must be concerned for the evangelism of children—including those who have no parents; and

WHEREAS, upward of 150 million orphans now languish without families in orphanages, group homes, and placement systems in North America and around the world; and

WHEREAS, our Father loves all of these children, and a great multitude of them will never otherwise hear the gospel of Jesus Christ; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that Gatlin joins our Father in seeking mercy for orphans; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we call on each Gatlin Baptist family to pray for guidance as to whether God is calling them to adopt or foster a child or children; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we encourage our pastors and church leaders to preach and teach on God’s concern for orphans; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we commend each other to provide financial and other resources to those called to adopt, or foster; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we prioritize the evangelism of and ministry to orphans around the world, and to seek out ways to energize others behind this mission; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we hope what God is doing in us can point us to a gospel oneness that is defined not by “the flesh” racial, economic, or cultural sameness but by the Spirit unity and peace in Christ Jesus; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that we pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit on us so that our church increasingly will announce and picture, in word and in deed, that “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”

To learn more, please contact us at connect@gatlinbaptist.com