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Why Orphans?

Why have we established Orbus as a mission project to help orphans and vulnerable children?

There are various reasons, but love for and obedience to God is one of the main ones. Then there is the fact that people have an inbuilt love and compassion for orphans. The love of a parent for their child is unique. As powerful as it is though, it is just a faint reflection of the immense love that our Father in heaven has for each of His children. It is easy to want to show some love to a child who is deprived of parental love. This is not surprising given we are all made in the image of our Father God.

It is clear in God's Word, the Bible, that God has a special concern and love for those who do not have parents. Like parents do for their children, so God provides for, protects and defends orphans. This highlights the role of God as our Father God (Deuteronomy 32:6 and Matthew 6:8-9).

The following are some of the passages from the Old and the New Testament where God communicates this to us :

"Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword" (Exodus 22:22-24)

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing." (Deuteronomy 10:18)

"When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands." (Deuteronomy 24:19)

"You are the helper of the fatherless." (Psalm 10:14)

"Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds--his name is the LORD-- and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling." (Psalm 68:4-5)

"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed." (Psalm 82:3)

"Defend the cause of the fatherless..." (Isaiah 1:17)

"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)

"Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; He will take up their case against you." (Proverbs 23:10-11)

So God’s concern for the orphan is clear. It then follows that if we love God, we should also share this same concern and we should care for those who are loved by Him.

God uses means doesn’t He? As a part of God's Fatherly provision for those who do not have parental love in this life, His people are to actively step in and take care of these children with and for Him.

There are numerous other passages where it is made clear that God has a special consideration for the fatherless, the weak, the destitute and the poor.