The Edmond Sun

October 14, 2013

Church invites community to care for orphans

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An Edmond church invites anyone interested in learning how to help those who cannot help themselves to an Orphan Care Summit.

UNICEF defines an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents. Using this definition, there were more than 132 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean in 2005. The number includes children who have lost both parents and single-parent homes. And 95 percent of orphans are older than age 5.

In Oklahoma, during fiscal year 2012 the monthly average for the number of children in out-of-home care was 8,985, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Mercy Ministries, a developing ministry at Henderson Hills Baptist Church of Edmond, is hosting an Orphan Care Summit at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 in the middle school room. Henderson Hills is located just northeast of the Interstate 35 and 15th Street interchange.

“We’re excited about the future of the ministry,” said Joe Williams, an elder and pastor of Henderson Hills’ Mercy Ministries.

For years, Henderson Hills has ministered to those who cannot help themselves. Mercy Ministries seeks to glorify God as it shares the hope of the gospel and minister to human need. Mercy Ministries has programs related to foster care, adoption, special needs, widows and health care.

Williams said during the foster-adoption panel style forum, attendees will learn more about how they can get involved in the many ways the church cares for orphans here and across the world.

“Caring for a foster child is not as simple as caring for your own child,” Williams said.

In addition to main sessions, breakout sessions will cover Henderson Hills’ Faith Family Friends Program, international orphan care, foster care, domestic adoption and international adoption.

FOR MORE information about Henderson Hills and the Orphan Care Summit, visit or call 341-4639.