God is A Father to the Fatherless

Father + Fatherless = Love and Happiness, Image by Marko Malca at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1198667
Father + Fatherless = Love and Happiness, Image by Marko Malca at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1198667

There is a fathering crisis! I've read some sad facts from Fathers dot com that children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor. They become involved in drug and alcohol abuse and 4.3 times more likely to smoke cigarette. They are twice as likely to drop out of school and suffer from health, emotional and behavioral problems. Boys born out of wed-lock are more likely to become a juvenile offender. While girls 15-19 years old are more likely to engage in premarital sex and as a result become pregnant. This is the gathered facts from across America but I think a similar scenario holds true across the globe. Is there anything we can do about this?

God is a Father to the Fatherless

The Bible says in Psalm 68:5 that God is a father to the fatherless... and in Psalm 27:10 David said that though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. God loves the fatherless. This is the first message that we can share to people we know who are fatherless or those who are being raised by single moms. It would be difficult to answer the question why God allowed them to be fatherless. But it would sure make a difference if they would know and believe that a Heavenly Father loves them and is always on their side in spite of their absentee father.

The Heavenly Father already demonstrated this love in sending down His Son Jesus to reach out to the world. Through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus, we are adopted into God's family by virtue of faith. John 1:12 says this to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. It is wonderful to have a sense of belonging especially for those who feel that they do not belong.

Knowing and experiencing God's love within the family of God has the power to change the life and destiny of every person including the fatherless. Romans 8:32 says He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? With God as the Heavenly Father, every orphan and fatherless child can always run to Him and receive an answer to every need.


Childinfo dot org estimated that there were 18.5 million orphans 0-17 years old in the world as of 2007. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says there were 123,000 children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted in September 2008.

God is Looking for People Who Will Help Care for the Fatherless

How can the fatherless know about the Heavenly Father's love? God is looking for people to do this very important calling. Isaiah 1:17 says learn to do right! ... Defend the cause of the fatherless. James 1:27 also wrote Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress ... God cannot do it without people. He is commanding us to defend the cause of the fatherless, to look after the orphans in this world.

There are many ways how we can help care for the orphans. We could pray for them, speak for them, teach or mentor some, give them support and those who support them, be a foster parent, or better yet adopt a child into your family.


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An Inspiring Testimony of an Earthly Father to the Fatherless

The first inspiring story is from the book One Million Arrows by Julie Ferwerda. Julie shared in her book of this earthly father to the fatherless, a missionary and church planter who had the passion of helping the orphans and abandoned children for the cause of Christ. A man known as "Papa" to many thousands throughout India, Mullanakuzhiyil Abraham Thomas, began rescuing orphaned children off the streets of India in 1978. He raised them in what he called "Hope Homes". There they experience family love and belonging, receive quality education, and the offer of training to become disciples and servants of Christ.

His passion sprung forth from this verse found in Psalm 127:3-5: Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

God gave him the vision that the many broken and unwanted children he saw in the streets, gutters and train stations of India, if they are to become a heritage and a reward, must become arrows in the hands of Jesus. To do this, he resolved to gather them, sharpen them with education and faith and launch them like arrows back to the world to share the redeeming work of God as exemplified in their own lives.

After 20 years, more than 16,000 orphaned and abandoned children have been gathered and restored. At least two-thirds of them committed their lives to the work of Christ as pastors, evangelists, teachers and medical professionals. The others have become educated professionals and leaders who are also spreading the Good News of God's love wherever their feet takes them. All done with much prayer and God's provision.

Please visit OneMillionArrows.Com to learn more about Papa and getting involved in his vision of orphan care, as well as resources for family growth and parenting world changers.


An Inspiring Song - Father of the Fatherless

Lastly, I pray that you would be blessed by this song Father of the Fatherless and the short testimony by Jason Upton about his life as an adopted orphan and how adoption and knowing Jesus made things beautiful in his life.

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manatita44 24 months ago from london

Well, I was not orphaned, and all seven of us turned out ok, I think. Yes, God was a Father to me. Praise be.

You seem to feel for the downtrodden and the impoverished. I wish you God's Peace. Nice Hub.


Elizabeth Yalian 3 years ago

Thank you for such a beautiful article! ;)


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Chin chin 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing the link to your blog. The poem you wrote so nicely portrays how good it is to be found by the Heavenly Father being a child who did not grow up with an earthly father. May you continue to share His goodness.


ElizabethYalian 3 years ago

Hi, I came about your blog when I was researching Psalm 68:4-6 for my Father’s Day post. Everything the facts say is true. I know from experience. I never met my father. As a matter of fact, he left my mother because she wouldn’t abort me. But my heavenly father kept that from happening because he had plans for my life and has been faithful and always by my side. Here is my post if you would like to read it. http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com/2013/06/15/a-trib...


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Chin chin 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you Tamarajo for sharing your experience of the great love of the Father especially as one who had difficulties growing up with divorced parents. I also agree that even if one has both parents, it is still only through knowing our heavenly Father that we can feel love complete in our lives.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I loved this article and the song that you posted with it. Powerful!

I am testimony to the love of "The Father" I grew up in a home of divorce. And although I saw my father it was infrequent and uninfluential. I entered into adolescence and adulthood with issues I was unaware of. As I learned to trust in the Lord and look to Him for all that I needed He became everything to me. My mother and my father. What I learned was that even if one has a good experience with their earthly father it is inherent to still need "Our Father God.

He is so worthy and your article really glorifies Him as the perfect "Father"


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Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks johannanoelle for reading and sharing your thoughts.


johannanoelle 4 years ago

Wow... it really is amazing to meditate on how we were adopted into His family through Jesus Christ---which spurs us to love the orphan in the same way. :) I hope to add more articles on adoption in my site, http://christian-parenting.net.


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Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines Author

@Megni. Thank you and I thank God for the opportunity to be able to share about His being a Father to the fatherless.

God bless.


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Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines Author

@LoverofGod, It's sad to hear that about your earthly father but I'm glad that you found your real Dad. Keep on trusting Him.


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megni 4 years ago

Beautiful Hub, Chin, Chin. God uses people like you to tell tell others to take care of his fatherless children. Thank you for sharing.


Lover Of God 4 years ago

I am someone who was sexually abused by my father and because of that he lost his title and I became fatherless. But because of that I found God and was adopted in by my real Dad


darkness1102 5 years ago

God bless you who is under fatherless; it is really a good ness.


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Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines Author

The fatherhood of God is a personal thing. A person has to accept God and let Him be part of his life in order to really experience the fatherhood of God. Also, being a member in the spiritual family of God, a person will find many who can be their "fathers." This is one of the best ways to feel how it is to have a father.


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DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

I think the hardest thing to understand, for me, is the Fatherhood of God. It is something I explore everyday - thanks for the encouragement.


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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

To all the fatherless, know that there is a Heavenly Father caring for you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Money Glitch.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub Chin chin, this should really bring comfort to those on Father's Day who may be fatherless. I lost my earthly father last year, and I am so happy that the spirit within me knows that God supplies all my needs. Now I feel as though I have two fathers in heaven (my earthly father that passed on as well as God). Thanks for sharing & rating up! :)


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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks prettydarkhorse. Papa's testimony is truly inspiring.

Heart4theword, I agree with you that the world needs more people like Papa who have the heart for the fatherless.

God bless both of you.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Amazing story about the man who made a home for so many orphans. There needs to be more positive Male Rolemodels, for the Fatherless children:) One person can make a difference in the life of another! Great Hub:)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

excellent hub chin, Father GOD is the father to all, and those who work through GODs name,

And that one from the Million arrows, bless his soul. talaga,

Kumusta, Maita

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