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Caring for orphans and widows

Caring for orphans and widows

Do your part to care for a widower in a practical way, or to help provision an orphanage.

If you know someone who is a widower, pray and ask God what kind of care you can offer him or her. It may mean offering an invitation to dinner, baking a batch of muffins, or stopping in for a visit or to play a game.

Alternatively – or in addition – search online for orphanages you could help, such as God's Littlest Angels or Olive Tree Projects, both in Haiti. Find out what they need and collect items locally. You have the option to mail the supplies directly to the orphanage, but it may be easier to connect with local churches when they are organizing a container drive (i.e. inviting community members to help fill a large shipping crate).

Whichever option you chose, explain to your children that God makes it clear in the Bible that He cares for the orphans and widows and He wants us to do the same. It’s our God-given responsibility or “trust.”

Relevant Scripture

1 Timothy 5:3-4 “Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.

1 Timothy 5:16 “If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.