Get Your Church Involved
A pure and undefiled call of faith is this: to visit orphans ... in their distress (James 1.27)
We hear the cry for justice and mercy coming from our neighbors close at hand: from urban centers, from across the tracks, maybe even from the house next door…. But there is also a great cry rising up around the world. There are places where thousands of children have no parents, no help, and where the governments and churches are overwhelmed at the scale of the problem. The Lord looks for justice on the streets of the world, and finds many voices crying in distress.
Arms of Love can provide your church with tangible, practical, and effective ways to put compassion to work, helping children who have little or no hope. You’ll be a part of showing children God’s great love for them, and your church will know the satisfaction of expressing the Father’s heart.
Obeying the Call
Arms of Love provides a variety of opportunities for your church to fulfill the Biblical call of the worldwide body of Christ to care for “the least of these.” Here are several ways your church can partner with Arms of Love:
- Give a monthly or annual donation. Sponsor a child for as little as $35 or give to our general fund. Consider a special offering for the poor at Christmas or Easter.
- Host a child sponsorship presentation to introduce your church to some wonderful children. An Arms of Love pastoral representative can come and preach on issues of justice and compassion or simply make a short presentation about Arms of Love and the kids we serve. See our Request a Speaker page for more information.
- Send a short-term team to Nicaragua or the Philippines to work at a children’s home and connect with the local church. Team visits are a great opportunity for your community to grow in faith and personally connect with the children. Arms of Love will arrange for translators, transportation, etc. See our Bring a Team page for more information.
- Invite Arms of Love to your next missions event. We provide resources at many levels: brochures, presentations, and even a speaker for your event. Contact us by email for more information.
“I know of few issues confronting society in general, or the church in particular, that is of more significance than caring for children - especially children at risk. Caring for children at risk is a cause I want to make central and ... which I want to advocate in the Vineyard movement.”
Bert Waggoner, Association of Vineyard Churches National Director, at the 2007 Arms of Love Children at Risk Conference