Sunday, February 20, 2011

A closer look at the problem...

So why am I talking to you about Orphans? Well for starters, there are more than 143 million orphans in the world today. That number breaks my heart. Let’s take a look at where some of those numbers fall:

Every 14 seconds an Aids death leaves another child orphaned.

Every year 12 million children become orphans.

87.6 million Orphans live in Asia.

43.4 million Orphans live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

12.4 million Orphans live in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In Ukraine and Russia 10%-15% of children who leave orphanages commit suicide before age 18.

More than 100,000 children in foster care in America waiting for forever homes

There are more than 600 children waiting to be adopted from BC’s waiting children list.

I am passionate about all the children above, but when I look at a place to start, and I see a number as small as 600, I can’t help but think, why can’t we fix that? Did you know that if just one family from every two churches in BC adopted a child, there would be no more waiting children in our province? JUST ONE! To me that seems like such an attainable goal! There are enough people in this world, and enough resources and finances, to help the millions of children out there! Not all the orphans out there are ready and available for adoption, but they all need love, care, and support. God calls Christians to take up that challenge.

I think one of the biggest reasons people don’t adopt today, is they simply don’t have enough information. I hear so many people say they want to do adopt one day, or when they are older. But children are waiting NOW! There is no perfect situation, no perfect income, no perfect house, and no perfect family. And for those out there unable to commit to adoption or fostering, there are many other options available. Watch for future posts on One Church One Child, to learn about the many opportunities you can get involved with the plight of the orphan.

And to read more about what the bible has to say I encourage you to look over another blog, much like my own entitled Above and Beyond. Kristjen and Tamara Hull are currently starting their own orphan ministry through their home church, and rather than repeat something that has already been said, I would encourage you to read the hearts of other people out there, with the same passion we have. Thanks for reading today and we can’t wait to share more of our passion and journey with you all!

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