9.29.2009

orphans and orphan sunday

Dr. Russell Moore is one of my heroes.

And he is one of my heroes because of his position on adoption. I've blogged about his book, and I am so glad some of you have picked it up to read it. And if you haven't bought/read "Adopted for Life," yet, I am not sure why you are still reading this and not grabbing your keys to head to your nearest Barnes and Noble.

I digress.

November 8 is Orphan Sunday. Is your church recognizing it? They should be...and this blog from Dr. Moore (among countless other reasons) is why. Please go read this blog post. And allow God to speak to your heart.


And on the topic of adoption, if you are reading my post, and you are married, if you have kids or if you don't have kids, I beg of you...please consider adoption. Ask yourself if you are even OPEN to the idea. And if you are open to it, take the next step. I can promise you it is the Lord's will that we adopt children.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
-James 1:27


I know this is a little lengthy, but here are some facts on orphans:
  • Fact: Nearly 144 million children across the world are orphans.
  • Fact: Every 2 seconds, another orphan dies from malnutrition.
  • Fact: 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.
  • Fact: 6,000 children are orphaned by AIDS every day. That is newly orphaned child every 14 seconds.
  • Fact: Around the global, 15,200,000 children have been orphaned by the AIDS crisis. If all these children held hands, they would stretch across the United States. By 2011, this virtual chain will reach around the world.
  • Fact: Malnutrition plays a part in more than half of all child deaths worldwide. Every year, malnutrition is associated with the deaths of five million children under the age of five.
  • Fact: Even more often, malnutrition cripples children's growth, renders them susceptible to disease, dulls their intellects, and diminishes their motivation and their productivity.
  • Fact: India has more orphans than any other nation, totaling 35,000,000 in 2003; nearly 1 out of 10 of India's children are orphans.
  • Fact: In India, one out of two children under the age of 5 is underweight.
  • Fact: Millions of children suffer from micronutrient malnutrition, when the body lacks essential minerals and vitamins. These deficiencies can lead to severe mental or physical impairment, life-threatening anemia, lowered productivity, blindness, a weakened immune system.
  • Fact: 854 million people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union.
  • Fact: By 2020, southern Africa will lose one out of every five agricultural workers to AIDS. With a shrinking labor force, food is harder and harder to come by in areas that need it most.
  • Fact: In like sub-Saharan Africa, where up to 20% of the adult population has been impacted by AIDS, orphaned children not only lose their parents but also teachers, health workers and civil servants who die of the disease.
  • Fact: Sub-Saharan Africa has the greatest portion of children living as orphans. In 2003, there were 43,400,000 children with no living parent. This number represents 12% of the region's children.
  • Fact: It is estimated that by the year 2010 in sub-Saharan Africa alone, more than 18 million children – more than all the children in the United Kingdom, will have lost at least one parent to AIDS.
  • Fact: Every week, AIDS claims as many lives as American fatalities in the Vietnam War.
  • Fact: By 2010, the total number of orphans, from all causes, in Sub-Saharan Africa will increase to 50,000,000.
  • (I got these facts from here.)

Are you open to the idea of adoption? Are you open to the idea of your children adopting? I plead with you...I beg of you...with everything that is within me and everything that Jesus Christ is begs you to adopt a child.

I encourage you to go to Dr. Moore's blog. Dr. Moore is, by the way, father to four brothers-- two of whom he and his sweet wife Maria adopted from Russia. Dr. Moore's Web site can be found here.

I finally will ask of you two things:
First, our dear friends from Seminary, Ken and Sarah Lovett, have just started the adoption process. They are planning to adopt two children from the Ukraine. Please pray for them that God will bless their process, that it will go quickly, and that He will provide the funds they need. Pray also for the two precious children Ken and Sarah will adopt-- that they will adapt quickly to the U.S., that they will attach themselves to their new parents, and for their spiritual lives. It is never too soon to start praying for the salvation of a child.

Second, I would ask that you would pray for Mat and I as we wait upon the Lord until He gives us the "GO!" and we may start our own adoption process. We eagerly and anxiously await the time when we are able to begin the process. We have already begun and we continue to daily pray for our future children, as it is very possible some of our children are alive today in dark, lonely orphanages somewhere in the world, waiting on their mommy and daddy to come and get them. And come and get them we most certainly will...when the Lord's timing comes.

Until then, help us pray for our future children and pray for orphans everywhere around the world, that the Lord would provide homes for them and change the hearts of people who are not open to the idea of adoption.

Adoption is the Lord's will...after all, is it not by adoption that we have been made the sons and daughters of God through Christ Jesus? What a testimony to His love for us!

Ask yourself...Am I open to the idea? I plead with you, with all that I have within me, to be open to adopting a child, just as God has adopted us into His family, and loves us not like we are His, but loves us as we are His.



2 comments:

  1. Hey Whitney,

    I just came across your blog for the 1st time.

    It is awesome to hear from fellow believers who are bold in their faith and sharing the word of God!

    My husband and I are involved in orphan ministry and are participating by walking for orphans in Sarasota Florida. We expect there to be a great turn out and we are praying that through this event we will be able to heighten awareness of the needs of God's children and stir in people to do something about it! We are ALL called, I agree.

    Again thanks for sharing your heart!

    For the One,

    Jessica

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  2. Hey girl! When you guys get ready to really look into adoption our adoption agency is INCREDIBLE! They're doing some webinars this month if you guys are interested. Let me know if you want more info on them - they're free and very informative!

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