This morning we are celebrating two things that are very close to my heart. Today is Orphan Sunday, and we will honor our veterans in preparation for Veterans Day tomorrow.
With each of these I have chosen a Scripture passage that in context describes Jesus Himself, which means those who live in the same way are truly being Christ-like.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
Because this is “Orphan Sunday” in the churches, we are praying for children all over the world who are orphaned or vulnerable and also praying for families who have or will step into the role of foster and adoption.
Rebecca and I felt called to step into the world of fostering and adoption because of a need in our own family. God walked beside us through a grueling process and blessed us with a precious daughter.
Our church has many families who are currently foster parents and many more who have gone through the process of adoption.
Many of our missions partners locally and around the world also provide wonderful love and care for orphans and families who foster/adopt, and you can learn more about each of them at our Mission Fairs during the evenings of 11/17 and 11/24.
If your family is praying about adoption, please contact Debbie Steen, our Minister to Families with Preschoolers, to learn more about our church’s Adoption Ministry and fund.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
Today we also honor our veterans who currently serve or have served the United States in any branch of the armed forces.
My family also has deep roots in military service, for both Rebecca and myself. Both of our fathers and grandfathers served in the armed forces, and my biological father is buried in the military cemetery in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma.
We also have hundreds of veterans and veterans’ families in our church here at South Tulsa, and we are so thankful for their commitment, courage and service.
Please join us in celebrating our veterans and active military this morning and beyond.
Posted on Fri, November 8, 2019
by Kim Hayes