I just love children. I love my own six children so much I could pop. But I also love all children. I love their uninhibited, cute little selfs that can ask or share any thought that enters their amazing, developing minds. Tragically though, we know that not all children receive the most essential of human needs: the love and security of a stable family.
November is National Adoption Month in the United States. (Yes, I know it’s still October but I want you preparing your hearts!) It’s truly wonderful that our nation supports and raises awareness to help literally millions of children (153,000,000 worldwide) who are without the love and care of a family.
It wasn’t too many years ago that I believed that only those God calls to become adoptive or foster parents need be concerned and actively engaged in the welfare of the “orphan.” Thankfully God did not leave me in my ignorance! He lovingly guided my heart to lean in and understand the Scripture, James 1:27 that states, “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.”
It is interesting that this passage is preceded by the warning, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).
Whether or not you are being drawn to foster or adopt, I believe, like me, you would like to know how you can help. Right?!
Here are some great resources for you!
Christian Alliance for Orphans: http://www.cafo.org
World Orphans: http://www.worldorphans.org
American World Adoption: http://www.awaa.org
http://www.lifesongfororphans.org (who partners with families and churches to fund adoptions).
I am praying that God will stir you up with His HUGE heart for these precious children!
Always and forever yours in Christ Jesus,