History of Portion for Orphans
Portion for Orphans was founded in 2003 by Sally
Allred Lockett and John
Lundstedt to raise public
awareness about orphans worldwide, improve the quality of care
orphans, as well as to promote
and encourage adoption. This not-for-profit organization was established
to respond to the call in James
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless
is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and
keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
The name "Portion for Orphans" comes from the
passage in Deuteronomy 24, which calls us to set aside a portion
who are in need.
19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf,
do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless
and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the
work of your hands. 20 When you beat the olives from your trees,
do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for
the alien, the fatherless and the widow. 21 When you harvest the
grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave
what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.
Portion for Orphans is based in Marshall, Texas and is tax-exempt
under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Since inception,
we have been working with orphanages in Kenya, India, China, Nepal,
Russia, Peru and other countries. We are
continually looking for opportunities to increase public awareness
about orphans, improve the care they receive, and promote their
physical and spiritual development.