Orphan Initiative

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

James 1:27

Throughout Scripture, the Lord reveals His heart for the orphans.· He is the Father of the fatherless and the Defender of orphans.· He instructs us to care for them, to give them food, to ensure fairness and justice for them, and to make special provisions and considerations for these children.· The Lord has left the orphans in our care, in the Church’s care, for this time.

The statistics are staggering.

There are approximately 18.5 million orphans around the world.
About 500,000 orphans live in the United States.·
Of those in foster care, 104,000 are waiting to be adopted into a loving home.
There are over 300,000 churches in the United States. In the state of Kansas,
there are 6,000 children in foster care, 900 are available for adoption.
There are 2000 churches in Kansas.·
Missouri is home to 10,000 foster care children, with about 1500 available for adoption.

If one family in every two churches adopted a child from foster care, soon there would be no waiting children, only waiting families.· Most orphans have no earthly advocate, no mentor or guide.· Some orphans are in orphanages, others in foster homes, many still live on the streets, in the sewers, or wherever they find a place to lay their heads.· In the over 50 verses in the Bible referring to orphans, we are directed to do something tangible and meaningful to impact the lives of orphans for Christ.

The Kansas City District has embraced this initiative to serve orphans in this district and around the world.

There are three primary components to the The Orphan Initiative.

  1. Challenge each person and each local Nazarene Church on the KC District to ask the Lord how they are to answer the call to care for orphans.
  2. Develop and support a District-Wide Adoption Fund
  3. Maintain a website sharing God’s heart for orphans, resources regarding the adoption process and how to get started, and information about how to begin an adoption/orphan care ministry in the local church.