Sunday, April 20, 2008

Orphans..who cares?

My friend Carla posted a very powerful post on her blog I would like to share. Carla is an amazing Christian with such a huge heart for children and orphans. She's a beautiful person inside and out (and her children are too!). I cannot even put into words how much my faith grew throughout our adoption process. When you feel a million miles away from your child and know that something as slight as a punctuation mistake can keep you from your child weeks/months longer and ever seeing your child again rests in the hands of people with political agendas, you know only God fully understands and can help get you through.

"Orphans... Who Cares?"

"Pure and undefiled religion … "

God's concern for the orphan, the widow, and the alien is so central to His plan for us here on earth that He gives us a startling and profound statement in James 1:27. "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."

Why would God tell us that caring for orphans is "pure and undefiled religion"? Perhaps because caring for an orphan teaches you about loving a person who may be slow to love you back. Perhaps because you receive just a glimpse of how God may feel when we fail to return His love for us ... when we rebel against Him. Perhaps because the world sees God's heart when He works through His people to help the helpless.

And perhaps it's because caring for orphans is such a perfect picture of our relationship with God. In our inability to please God in our own efforts, in our utter helplessness to initiate a relationship with Him, we are very much like orphans and strangers than we like to admit.

When you talk with parents who have adopted, you often see taht they understand something deep about the heart of God.

Taken from the article entitled, "Orphans... Who Cares" written by David Boehi at Familylife.com _______________________________________________________

Adoption is a legal transaction that redeems another. God did that for us through His son. We have the wonderful opportunity to do that in the life of a child.

Caring for the fatherless is not simply a compassionate and kind act, and adoption is not merely an additional means of growing our families to the desired size. Caring for the fatherless and adoption are at the very heart of God. Caring for orphans is about obedience. . . It is about knowing the God whom we serve.

Taken from "Hope for Orphans" at Familylife.com (http://www.familylife.com/atf/cf/%7B8e975f2e-4c1c-4315-aaff-34a97eb367b5%7D/AdoptionGuide.pdf)
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- Every DAY 5,760 children become orphans


- Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but… every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans.

- Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to belong to and no place to call home

-For every child that is adopted, 600 orphans will die.

- If 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world.

Do you have room at your table for one orphan?


"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me..." Mark 9:37

This is am AMAZING video!!! Very blunt and to the point. The numbers and statistics are mind boggling and shouldn't be ignored. This is 9 minutes long, but the last 2 minutes are the most important, IMHO. :)


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8 comments:

Sonya said...

Hi Kelly,
We have a mutual friend, Kasi P. She sent me here so that I might read about your adoption experience. We are very interested in adopting but are very "put off" by the enormous cost involved. I'd love to talk to you about these types of things via email if you're up to it.

Steve & Amy said...

WOW! What a moving post! Amazing stats! I pray that it will move just ONE person to consider adoption! Thanks for being such a strong voice for adoption!

Carla said...

Kelly, you are too kind. If we can reach one person w/the facts (It's not like we're trying to sell something. Unfortunately, the statistics speak for themselves.) that is one more. Why don't more people know! Your sister in Christ,
carla

Heidi said...

I read that on Carla's blog too and was touched by it. I'm glad it's on yours as well and I loved that video! Amazing and heartbreaking.

TedTracie said...

My first time to your blog. Your family is precious!
Thanks for the comment on my blog.

:-)
Tracie

Becca said...

Kelly,

I am speechless 150-160 MILLION! Speechless...

Peace and Hugs,
Becca

Gwen, Jenny, & Mia said...

Wow! What sad statics. I am going to steal them and post them on my blog in the nea future. Thanks for sharing.

Letitia said...

What a great post Kelly. I posted recently about the financial part of adoption, but this was one quote from Crown Financial Ministries that I used. "We see adoption by believers as "missions in reverse" because adoption provides an opportunity to reach across the globe and bring children into homes where Jesus is present and God's Word is central."
I, too, hope that even just one person reads your post and is moved to adopt.
Letitia
www.homeschoolblogger.com/SandBetweenMyToes/