Within the United Methodist Church, a grassroots movement “A Strong Family for Every Child,” was adopted by multiple faith leaders and institutions in the UMC and UMC-related NGOs, promoting active ministry with orphaned children and vulnerable youth. Helping Children Worldwide is the national headquarters for the Strong Family initiative. In 2022, the initiative was introduced to UMC leaders during the UMC Leadership Institute in Kansas, and in 2023, to the UMC African Bishops at their joint meeting in Mozambique. The goal is to (1) care for the widow and orphan as the example of the most vulnerable of God’s Kingdom, (2) promote family care for children as spiritual directives provided to us by God, (3) advocate for safe, permanent families of all shapes and sizes to overcome the separation of children from parents and (4) provide practical guidance for people of faith who want to engage in ministry with orphaned children and vulnerable youth to ensure ethical practices and “A Strong Family for Every Child.” A similar Strong Family initiative is being introduced in the Southern Baptist Church.
THIS ORPHAN SUNDAY: As individuals, we invite you to join with Helping Children Worldwide as churches and organizations in more than 120 nations come together to observe Orphan Sunday on November 12, 2023. We encourage you to join us in
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