Monday, November 2, 2009
This coming Sunday, November 8th, is Orphan Sunday. According to the latest statistics, there are approximately 147 million orphans living in our world today. It's a huge number, I know, and it's hard to imagine what one person could do but here's another statistic... 2.1 billion - that's the number of Christians living in our world today. All of a sudden 147 million doesn't seem so huge, it no longer seems like such an insurmountable problem. If simply one out every fourteen Christians did something to help just one orphan, the world's orphan crisis could be solved. So, what can you do? Sponsor a child who has lost their parents through World Vision, Compassion International, Christian Children's Fund or any other sponsorship program so that they can go to school, receive food and medical care, etc. Support an orphanage (here is one of my favorites). Foster a child from within our own child welfare system. Come Along Side a family you know (or don't know) that is adopting and support them in prayer and/or financially. Adopt a child into your family. Even if you can't do any of those things right now, would you set aside sometime on Sunday, November 8th to pray for the millions of children around the world who will go to bed tonight without a Daddy to wrestle with or call them "Princess", without a Mommy to offer kisses when they fall and scrape their knee or tuck them into bed at night.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:27
How will you look after the orphan?