Care for the Orphan


Itumeleng, 6, orphaned by AIDS, participates in an art class.

Itumeleng is one of 3.37 million children in South Africa who are growing up without one or both parents. The art class is part of a World Vision program through churches that provides care and support for people on both ends of the AIDS spectrum: the terminally ill, and orphans and vulnerable children.  It includes training boys and girls in life skills and preventing HIV infection. The program also hosts sports competitions at local high schools.

The number of children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS reached 17.7 million in 2013. These boys and girls often lack food and healthcare. They are also vulnerable to abuse and sometimes forced to quit school to care for their siblings.

Ask God to bring caring adults into the lives of children who struggle without parents.

Dear Lord, James 1:27 says that taking care of orphans is pure and faultless religion in Your sight. We ask You to inspire Christians everywhere to take care of children who struggle to survive without parents. Our hearts break for precious children who have lost parents or have become separated from family. Be with them and bring people around them to show them Your love and goodness in spite of their grief and fear.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” - James 1:27 (NIV)

Photo©2013 World Vision, Eugene Lee


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