Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis is an absolute “must read” book. Davis talks about how God requested His people to always leave a portion of the crops for those in need and today Christians need to care for the fatherless-widows and orphans. James 1:27 tells us “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.” You know that caring for these individuals is important to God as scripture mentions it more than 60 times. Also Psalms 68:5 tells us “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-this is God, whose dwelling is holy”.
According to Davis, there are over 143 million orphans in the world and if only 7% of the professed Christians would open their lives and homes to an orphan, there would be no more orphaned children. Millions of children suffer from HIV and yet a Barna Research Group poll found that evangelical Christians are less likely than non-Christians to give money and assistance to Aids related causes.
One section of the book is entitled “Guide to Walking in Fields of Fatherless”. Davis gives some great suggestions on how individuals or churches can get involved in this ministry. Some examples of his suggestions are: 1) Instead of going out to dinner at a nice restaurant, send the money to a worthy cause 2) Instead of going to Disney, take the family on a mission trip 3) Connect with an organization that works with the fatherless domestically or internationally.
I found the book to be very inspiring and believe that it could change your life. Davis now travels throughout the world to bring awareness of the orphan plight to the body of Christ. The book is available at the Temple Public Library.