Orphan Ministry Launched

On November 4, 2012, churches all over the world celebrated what's become known as “Orphan Sunday.” On Orphan Sunday, Christians come together to raise awareness about God's call to care for the orphan.

Orphan Sunday was observed at Sycamore View in a variety of ways. During the service, Sycamore View children brought 225 pairs of shoes to the stage – each pair representing a child who would become an orphan during our service that morning. A child becomes an orphan every twenty seconds. On the pews that day were cards with the names of foster children who needed prayer. God's command to care for the fatherless was also emphasized through songs, a video, prayer, the message, and communion. The Handprints ministry was also highlighted through an informational insert in the weekly bulletin.

The Handprints Orphan Ministry is a relatively new ministry at Sycamore View. It is made up of a group of Christians who recognize God's calling to care for orphans and have decided it's time to answer. The name Handprints originated from Isaiah 49:15-16, where the Lord says, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...” The mission of Handprints is simple: to glorify God by caring for orphans. We want orphaned and vulnerable children in Shelby County and all over the world to know that God has not forgotten them; in fact, he has engraved them on the palms of his hands.

—Callie Lillard

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