Bishop David Kwadwo Ofosuhene, National Coordinator of Orphan Sunday Ghana, has called on churches in Ghana to observe Orphan Sunday.

An initiative led by Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), Orphan Sunday is marked annually on the second Sunday of November to motivate churches to provide orphans and the deprived, a place of love, hope and a sense of belonging within the Christian family environment.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra, Bishop Ofosuhene, said Orphan Sunday seeks to remind Christians all around the globe to celebrate the love of God.

He underscored the need for churches to pray for orphans for their salvation and protection; consider their education and their whole wellbeing.

He noted that the children’s home was supposed to be a last resort, and Christians should develop interest to adopt or foster orphans.

Bishop Ofosuhene stated that this would create a conducive environment for their upbringing and failure to care for them, would force them to become wayward.

He said as a matter of urgency, Christian homes should step in, and play their spiritual responsibility, and equip orphans to become great assets of the nation.

He said this year’s celebration, which falls on November 10, on the theme: “A family for every orphan”, would place much emphasis on family-based care through kinship care, foster care and adoption.

Bishop Ofosuhene, who underscored the need to promote community awareness and involvement in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, expressed excitement about one of the Methodist Diocese’s decision to embrace the initiative.

He said the day was usually characterised by sermons, congregational prayers for orphans, visit to orphanages, recruit families for fostering and adoption; and prayer for foster parents, adding that “more details regarding the celebration can be found on www.orphansunday.org”

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