"Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption. It is the Gospel in my living room."
- Katie Davis, Kisses From Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
Jesus did not ask us to take care of orphans. He commanded that we do.
There are 153 million orphans in the world.
When we look at that number, it can be overwhelming, but it's ultimately not a problem of numbers. It's a problem of the heart.
Are we, as followers of Christ, being obedient to His call to take care of orphans and opening our hearts to their needs?
It's not about numbers, it's about love.
It's about seeing the fatherless as God sees them: of infinite value and worth.
We are called to be light in the darkness, even if that darkness is the brokenness of a damaged child who has only known neglect and rejection.
It's about bringing joy to sorrow, love to loss, and healing to hurts. It's about seeing the beauty in the brokenness. It's about loving the unloved even when they are at their most unlovable.
Is that not how Christ loves us?
As John 14:18 says, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."
Are we willing to offer them a future and a family or are we going to offer them only our indifference?
We cannot save the world. Only Christ can. But we can love the world one person at a time. And that's all these kids want - to be loved.
Will you open your heart to a child?
Here are some links to find out how you can be involved in orphan care:
Show Hope (http://showhope.org/)
I Care About Orphans (http://icareaboutorphans.org/)
Lifesong for Orphans (http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/)
New Horizons for Children (http://nhfc.org/)
Orphan Sunday (http://orphansunday.org/)