Good to know these statistics. How can it not make a difference in how we feel and act on this global crisis?
“Hope based on the experiential knowledge of God the Father is the climax and glorification of all hope.”
Today is the start of Adoption Awareness Month. I think it is sobering and useful to start off this month with the following short quote from Show Hope.
“Right now, there are more than 140 million orphans in the world. That’s 140 million names, 140 million little faces, and 140 million reasons to join the movement to care for orphans.”
It is impossible to turn a blind eye to this crisis in the world! There are so many ways to get involved in adoption. Financial sponsorships, visiting local orphanages and spending time with these children, praying – both for orphans and for families waiting to adopt, attending adoption seminars, reading books and obviously to pray about and perhaps pursue adoption as an option for your familiy!
I came across this post on Show Hope’s blog. A good reminder to all Christians to get and be involved in the orphan care movement.
1. All Orphans Have a Father
God is the great protector and loving Father of all orphans. Psalm 68:5 says, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows, is God in his holy habitation.” He who numbers the hairs on our head will certainly not turn away from the orphan.
2. All Orphans Deserve Justice
Deuteronomy 10:18 says, “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.” And Psalm 10:14 says “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” Justice is a fundamental part of God’s character. He promises protection and help for those who cannot protect themselves, and he cares about righting wrongs in the lives of orphans. God invites us as his people into this holy work of securing justice for orphans.
3. The People of God Will Care for Orphans
James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” God’s people are called to actively pursue meeting the needs of orphans and a great place to start is through prayer. Each month, Show Hope features a prayer focus child from one of our Care Centers in China. Praying for orphans becomes much more personal when you know the face and the name of a child who has been directly impacted by the orphan crisis. Whether you are a prayer partner, an advocate, a Show Hope sponsor or even a prospective adoptive parent, we have great resources available to help you get involved in caring for orphans!
4. The People of God Share Their Resources with Orphans
The following verse comes from a passage in Deuteronomy where God is instructing His people about tithing. Deuteronomy 14:29 says, “And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.” God calls His people to specifically remember orphans in their giving. Show Hope provides creative ways to give to the cause of adoption and orphan care.
You can read the full post here.