Friday, April 1, 2011

147 Million Minus 1

There are 147 million orphans in the world.  Can you fathom how many little ones that is?  Eric and I are trying to make the difference in one child's life- just one.  We are filling out paper work, baking pies, fetching various documents, having fundraiser after fundraiser, and that is just for one.  Could you imagine if just ONE family, just one, from every Christian church from around the world took in just one  orphan, do you know what the result would be?  No more orphans.  There would be no need for families to jump through hoop after hoop, no more fundraising, no more praying at all hours of the day and night.  No, instead we could rejoice that there are no more orphans, that every child had a forever family!  Could you imagine?

Instead so many families in our churches today do not think that they are capable of adopting or that it is not their problem.  That or they do not want to be faced with the harsh reality that children are dying everyday.  I hate to break it to you, but it is your problem.  If you are reading this entry, it IS your problem!  It is my problem, too!  Eric and I have chosen to step out in faith and commit to one child.  Just one.  We are making sacrifices and stretching ourselves beyond what we ever thought was capable....but we cannot do it alone.  We need more families to step up and open their homes, their hearts, their lives to children that so desperately need a mommy and a daddy.  It doesn't matter wether it is from another country or from the same city...we need more families to take a stand for the orphans of this world!  GOD needs families to live out their faith, to be Monday morning Christians.  Let's not just talk the talk, let's walk the walk and live out our faith!!  Life is too short to just sit on the sidelines.  Time is short for 147 million little ones.

Not every family can adopt, but you CAN be an advocate for an orphan, for an orphan ministry, or be a Guardian Ad Litem in you community.  You CAN help a family that is willing and able to adopt by praying for them, helping them plan and execute fundraisers, donate to their adoption, watch their biological children as they go to court, etc...  At the very least you can ask God how He wants YOU to be a part of His magnificent plan for the orphans of this world.  James 1:27 is very clear about what "pure religion" looks like.  God loves children and wants us to be the hands and feet to love them.

147 million minus 1.  That is the equation that we need to solve one orphan at a time.