Every year, Christian Alliance For Orphans ( http://www.christianalliancefororphans.org/ ) sets aside one Sunday in November to raise awareness for the world wide orphan crisis. It always comes with many emotions attached for me. This past Sunday was it! In my mind, I see several faces of kids I have met and have essentially seen grow up over the past six years in Tocuz, Moldova. I see Vica, Christina, Olga, Rodica, Irina, Zina, Marin, Gheorghe…just to name a few. And now that I have started working in foster care, I work with children as young as 10 months old who are in the care of the state. Last week I had to move one of my kids into her 4th foster home. She is only 14 years old and is waiting to be adopted. Kids shouldn’t ever have to worry about if “this home” is going to keep them.
So, on “Orphan Sunday”, I had a variety of faces flashing in front of me; some from Moldova and some from Massachusetts.
As believers, we are commanded to take action. Isaiah 1:17 says “Defend the cause of orphans.” James 1:27 declares “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…”
What does this “action” look like?
1. Pray and pray some more. Pray for God to ignite a burden in your heart. But be prepared..He WILL honor your desire and WILL guide you to a specific place of action.
2. Know a face, not a statistic. I remember reading “The Hole In Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision. He said that when people are given statistics, they just hear and see numbers. However, when people connect a person to a statistic and know their personal story, they are impacted and changed. For example, become involved with “Face of a Child” in Moldova and fill up a large bag or backpack for a specific child who will not receive anything else all year. You will receive a picture of specific child in need! (http://www.lsmglobal.org)
3. Consider being a parent through fostercare or adoption. There are tens of thousands of children all over the world who do not have a place that is considered their permament home. This permanency has become so real to me over the past 8 months at my current job. Unfortunately, I have had to move several kids out of homes into new ones. There is nothing worse than this~seeing kids being bounced around, having to adapt to new homes, new schools, and leaving friends behind. Do you want to see some of the precious faces who live in Massachusetts who continue to wait for a mom and dad? Check out this link: http://www.mareinc.org/Index.html It’s for MARE (Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange) and their goal is to provide profiles and stories of children in fostercare to those who are looking to adopt. If you are reading this and live in another state, I guarantee your home state has something similar.
We are all commanded to act! What does that look like for you?