Can you imagine a world without orphans?
(According to UNICEF there are 143 million orphans in the world.)
Can you imagine a world where foster care was only a temporary solution, and not a way of life for thousands of children?
(In the US, there are close to 750,000 children in foster care at any given time. More than 120,000 of these children are currently waiting for adoptive families to give them a chance at a new life.)
Can you imagine if every Mama who chose life for her unborn child, but was unable to raise him or her, had someone waiting in the wings who wanted to adopt that child?
(It is a myth that it’s impossible to adopt an infant in the US. In reality, there are many babies that adoption attorneys and agencies struggle to find a family for – for reasons such as a lack of birth family health history, poor prenatal care, or the child's ethnicity/race.)
Can you imagine how things would change if God’s people stepped up and cared for the widows and orphans – something we ALL have been called to do?
(If only 5% of the 2 billion people world-wide who call themselves Christians adopted a child, 100 million waiting children would have a home. If the others committed to supporting those who actively minister to widows and orphans, the impact would be incredible!)
Oh, how this grieves our hearts...that there is a ready solution, yet very little being done. Why do so many feel they are exempt from being a part of that solution? Not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but we can ALL do something.
Please consider praying with us about this. Please consider loving and supporting a tired foster family, helping an adoptive family that is raising funds to bring a child into their home, or adopting a child into your own family. Please consider our modern-day widows, who need our loving support as they raise their children alone.
Love is an action word. Let’s act! Let’s make the choice to not let fear, the unknown, finances, etc. stand in the way. We are meant to be Christ’s feet. We are here for a reason…. And we are privileged to be able to serve our Lord this way.
What are some ways that we can support today’s widows and orphans? Do you know and love an organization that reaches out to orphans and widows with the love of Christ? Please tell us about them!
If you are a foster family, how can we support you?
Do you know of a family that is saving to adopt, and would welcome us coming alongside them?
~*~ Please share your ideas in the comment section. We'd love to hear from you! ~*~
If you want to do a little more reading about this issue, and feel challenged to do more, check out these blog posts:
Love is an Action Word by Courtney, at Storing Up Treasures
Abortion, Racism, and Adoption by Cate, a friend of ours
How to Blow Away One of the World's Darkest Clouds, by Tiffany, at The Lighted Path