Our God is the “Father to the fatherless” (Ps. 68:5; 146:9,) and God’s people are called to love the vulnerable (Is. 1:17, James 1:27). Few, however, make the connection between church planting and mercy ministry, or in this case, church planting and orphan prevention.
We live in a world full of orphans. War, poverty, disease, and family deterioration have resulted in millions of orphans today. About 10 percent of these children are total orphans—children who have lost both parents; 90 percent of orphans have one, if not both, parents living. Most orphans are abandoned because their parents don’t have the financial resources to care for them, or simply aren’t willing to do so.