Wednesday, December 14, 2011

.reading & reflecting.

photo of Margaret, an orphan in Liberia

.reading & reflecting.  As I am reading through Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis I am finding a whole lot of truth.  Which is what her ministry, Amazima, means.  Here is some truth that is in need of spreading.  

"The truth is that the 143 million orphaned children and the 1 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million who live with HIV add up to 164.8 million needy children.  And though at first glance that looks like a big number, 2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians. 

The truth is that if 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left" 

Did you see the red flagged number like me?  Only 8% of Christians need to step up and there would not be this horrific problem.  As a Christian the fact that there are so many orphans in this world disgusts me.  It is despicable that the number of needy are so high and more are not reaching out.  That more are not stepping up to help out.  

How can we call ourselves Christians when we are not acting like Christ?  

The truth is adoption is hard.  The truth is it is not for everyone.  The truth is that there are so many unknowns that can happen in this process that some days it is overwhelming to take in.  The truth is that having your child live half a world away is heartbreaking.  The truth is there are children in this country who need homes too.  The truth is that it terrifies me to think of what would have happened to our son & others like him, if we did not say yes to opening our door.  

The truth is that God has opened my eyes to some of the major problems in this world, especially the problems children face, and now I am responsible to act on it.  The truth is now you are too.  

I know adoption is not for everyone.  However in James 1:27 the writer states, "pure religion is caring for the orphans and widows in their distress and not being polluted by the world."  Meaning, we all need to care for orphans & widows.  This can be seen through adoption, foster care, helping those who are adopting, praying for the orphaned, providing financial assistance to families through World Vision, Compassion, or Sisterhood programs like Project Hopefuls.  This means doing what God calls you to do.  If it is on your heart, God put those desires there.  He wants you and calls you to act on them.

My heart is breaking today.  Not only for the orphaned and widowed, not only for the children who live in dire situations.  But for those who call themselves Christians and are not acting like Christ.  My heart is breaking for those who worship on Sundays yet don't move past that hour.  My heart is hurting for those who will not ever be able to see and understand this wonderful path the Lord has graciously given us to live.  

There are 164.8 million children in need....and that hurts my soul.  What hurts more are those who are only living for themselves - that truly breaks a heart.  .reading & reflecting.

1 comment:

Anna of IHOD said...

Wow, that sent chills down my spine. I think that everyone has gotten in the two perfect kids...one boy, one girl mindset and its easy to limit what could be a beautiful gift to your family. I am always praying to be open to what God has in mind for my family. I hope this problem worldwide will someday dissolve. But especially I pray for an increase in generosity and openness around the world.