Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Something has been stirring in my heart for awhile now. I'm hesitant to write about it even now knowing that it won't come across as eloquently as I'd like. If this post comes across self-righteous in the least I apologize in advanced as that is not my intention.

As Christians we read the word and believe the word but do we actually live out the word? I've come across a stat many times during our adoption journey and it hits me hard each time. I read it again recently on a new blog I just discovered .....if 7% of Christians adopted one orphan there would be NO orphans. WOW. NO ORPHANS.

God directs us in the bible to "look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

He also says in James 2:17: So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

So it seems most Christians are not living out their faith with respect to the over 143 MILLION orphans in the world today. Try and imagine your children living w/out adequate food, care and love. These children are no different than your children and it is our responsibility as Christians to care for them.

There are many ways to help. Of course ADOPTION would be the best way and here are some other ways as well..

PRAY for orphans in the US and throughout the world.
Sponsor a child... http://amazima.org/waystohelp
Donate to an org that helps care for orphans... http://www.hopechest.org/
Help a family who is pursuing adoption by donating $ or helping in their fundraiser...check out www.itspoppydip.blogspot.com


Since bringing Silas home we have gotten a lot of comments such as "you guys have done such a neat thing" or "he is so lucky". I have to say those comments really eerk me. Adopting an orphan is not a "neat thing" to us. Yes adoption has been a wonderful experience and is a beautiful way to grow our family but we don't see it has a "neat thing". We are the ones who have been blessed beyond what we could've imagined by our angel boy.


We still have a long way to go and have yet to even scratch the surface ourselves. There is so much that needs to be done for these sweet children. I've heard that the interest in international adoption has increased due to the Haiti disaster and I pray that is the case.

Are you living out your faith? Are you "looking after orphans in their distress"?

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18

1 comments:

Kristie said...

That is a convicting statistic, isn't it? I so appreciate your thoughts on this Sara, and am so impressed by your faithful advocacy!