Voice of the Orphan

A special message from FamilyLife, Focus on the Family, and Shaohannah’s Hope

143 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents …
…. from AIDS, war, ethnic cleansing, natural disasters …
… and now many are condemned to lives of crime, prostitution, and killing in order to survive.

The Orphan Crisis
Orphans. The world’s waiting children — waiting for love, waiting for family, waiting for someone to care.
Many wait in vain. And the world pays a terrible price.
Orphaned girls are often recruited into brothels … orphaned boys, as young as 5, are recruited into gangs, armies, and terrorist groups.

If you have large numbers of orphans who are rootless and homeless and foodless, and bewildered by their position, and feeling pretty angry and anti-social about what has happened to them … you have a possibility of real instability… Poverty can be the basis for the attraction of extremist groups.

— Ambassador Stephen Lewis, the UN Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS in Africa.

Why This Matters
Even in the U.S., the consequences of neglecting our waiting children are horrifying.

  • 30% of all the homeless adults in the United States spent time in foster care.
  • One in three youth who turn 18 and leave foster care resort to stealing, prostitution, or selling drugs. One in four spend time in jail or prison.

The children wait. Does anyone care?

What We’re Doing
The Bible is clear. God cares deeply. And because of God’s special concern for these vulnerable children, we care, as well. That’s why FamilyLife, Focus on the Family and Shaohannah’s Hope have joined together to launch a long-term, nationwide campaign called Voice of the Orphan. This campaign seeks to raise awareness of the orphan crisis and spur fellow Christians to action.

What You Can Do
Together, we are helping to educate concerned Christians worldwide regarding this important crisis, and we offer practical and effective ideas on how every Christian can get involved in caring for the world’s orphans.

We invite you to join us — and learn more about God’s heart and what you can do for these special children.


Here’s How You Can Help

  1. Learn about the issue — Tune into the broadcasts
    Find a station | Get a reminder
  2. Find ways to help orphans
    at www.voiceoftheorphan.org
  3. Inform your family and friends by forwarding this message

Family Life and Focus on the Family Broadcasts

November 13th – 17th
Featured guests:

  • Dr. Dobson & Jim Daly
  • Dennis & Barbara Rainey
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Stephanie Fast

Family Life Broadcast Schedule

Focus on the Family Broadc ast Schedule

… You are the defender of orphans … LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them.

— Psalm 10:14, 17-18



6 Responses to “Voice of the Orphan”

  1. Is there an adoption agency that will work with American military familes that are stationed oversea? Most military families move every two to three years and some, like our family, mostly get stationed oversea. This makes adoption very difficult.
    Thank you,

  2. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful resource! God’s blessings to you all.

  3. Margaret Tucker Says:

    Me and my husband have been trying to have another child for 8 years, and have been checking into several adoption agency for the last five years. We so desperatly want another child but we just don’t have the money. Do you have any suggestions on what a loving christian family should do? Please pray that the void in our family will soon be filled .
    Thank You,

  4. My husband and I have always considered adoption. We have a 5yr. old girl and have thought about having another child of our own. After listening to the radio programs, I have seriously considered that for now instead of giving birth to another child we should adopt a child that perphaps would never have the opportunity to have a loving family. Please send me information as to how we can start the process of adopting a child. God bless you all for the work you are doing. Thank you.

  5. As members of the Voice of the Orphan coalition, Food for Orphans wishes to thank all who are participating and spreading the word, as you have done here. I invite you to find out more about how we can help these helpless little ones, by visiting http://www.FoodforOrphans.org
    Gary VanDyke
    CEO & Founder
    Food for Orphans

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