Orphans are children whose parents, for whatever reason, are not in the child’s life. In biblical times, the main cause of a child being orphaned is that the orphan’s parents had died. The Bible reveals God’s attitude toward orphans and widows: He cares very deeply for them. God commands us to protect and care for orphans (Psalm 82:3).
When God gave the Law to Moses, He gave instructions for how God’s people were to treat the orphans and widows among them—with harsh consequences promised if they failed in their responsibility (Exodus 22:22–23). In the New Testament, James says that taking care of the needs of orphans and widows is part of religion (James 1:27). Caring for those in distress is not optional for followers of Jesus Christ.
In considering what our own attitude should be toward the orphans around us, it is helpful to remember that all of us were once orphans, spiritually speaking, but we were adopted into God’s family through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3–7). Just as it was God’s pleasure to do this for each of us, it is our joy and privilege to partner with God in loving, serving, and protecting the orphans among us, no matter where they may be.
We currently partner with orphan ministries in Malawi and Moldova.