Around the world, there are an estimated 153 million orphans who have lost one parent. There are 17,900,000 orphans who have lost both parents and are living in orphanages or on the streets and lack the care and attention required for healthy development.
Most people will agree that taking care of and aiding orphans is important. It’s a common moral practice and an expected duty of respectable society. Why wouldn’t we sponsor that foundation? Why wouldn’t we donate food and clothes when we can? We walk away from the donation box or wave goodbye to the smiling kids, and can feel like we’ve checked that box having given a piece of our comforts away. We are by any standard good Christians, good citizens, good people. We can feel satisfied with leaving those faces wandering on the streets or in the facilitated building, by the warmth that signing a check or yielding an outgrown sweater can bring to our hearts. Yes it’s good, and orphans needs care and aid but I want to ask a greater challenge in attacking this need.
These orphans need homes. It’s not just about providing the resources and funds they need to grow up as educated, healthy individuals, they need community and family and love. This isn’t about temporary care but long term adoption into an environment they as human beings deserve to know. I want to take the challenging stance of saying it’s our job to adopt these children into our families, into our lives. Millions of underprivileged, uneducated, malnourished individuals are without anyone to take intensive care of them and it’s up to us to take the initiative.
“In you the orphan finds mercy.” – Hosea 14:3
We all came to God as orphans. Untended, fatherless children and what did he do? Did he donate his old sweaters or send a check to pay for our meal? God brought us into His life, He completely enveloped us with his love and peace. He adopted us into His family. Why should we not turn and do the same?
Adopt the orphans. End the oppression and hurt and pain that the children are facing. It isn’t just about helping when you can or donating when it’s easy, but truly stepping into the crisis, and giving these children what they deserve to be apart of.