Hey Ginghamsburg Church Family,
This Sunday, we observe a national movement called Pure Religion Sunday. It's an opportunity for us to extend our support to the orphan and foster community.
Understanding the Heart of Pure Religion Sunday
Pure Religion Sunday is a global movement dedicated to raising awareness about the needs of vulnerable children and encouraging people to get involved in their lives through adoption, fostering, sponsorship, and other forms of support.
Originally known as Orphan Sunday, created by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), Pure Religion Sunday serves as a platform for churches, organizations, and individuals to unite in addressing this unique global crisis. Participants are encouraged to pray for vulnerable children, advocate on their behalf, and take practical steps to make a difference in their lives.
The message is clear: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” (James 1:27).
Falling on the second Sunday of November each year, Pure Religion Sunday inspires us to live out our faith. During Pure Religion Sunday events, churches often host special gatherings, invite guest speakers, share testimonies, and organize fundraisers to support orphan and foster care initiatives.
Oliver Leembruggen, chair of the Ginghamsburg Church lay leadership board, is a late discovery adoptee and a passionate advocate for adoptee care, “As a late discovery adoptee (LDA) that was raised in a multi-ethnic home, I believe that this Sunday offers all of us to the opportunity to have deeper conversations on raising strong children rather than fixing broken adults. With a disproportionate rate of attempted suicides and incarceration, the need to provide physical, mental, and emotional stability to foster children, orphans, and adoptees becomes critical.”