Thursday, November 10, 2011

Orphan Sunday

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I am thankful that so many are opening their hearts as to what God would have them do in regards to orphan care.  Since David and I have become involved in the whole adoption process God has not only opened our hearts for our own two daughters but we also feel deeply convicted about the plight of the orphan in general.  Did you know that there are 147 million orphans in the world today?? If every orphan held hands and you drove past each one at 60 mph nonstop (1,700 each mile) it would take two months.  Every few seconds an orphan dies of a preventable disease.  The statistics are unbearable.  While I know we cannot adopt all 147 million children we can pray for them and we can tell others and pray that God would stir in the hearts of those around us.  The great thing is we are getting to watch Him do just that.  We have 5 couple friends who are also in the adoption process and we have seen countless other friends become involved in other ways.
This past Sunday was Orphan Sunday.  I am so thankful that we belong to a church who desires to see our church filled with faces that are not all alike.  And I am thankful for the challenge - it was a message from one of our pastors that lead us to the journey we are on right now and it actually wasn't even preached on Orphan Sunday.  But now that we are on this journey our hearts are in much different places Orphan Sunday is much closer to our hearts.  So in trying to help our kids understand what it means to be an orphan and some of the challenges that orphans face we decided to have this for dinner.....

Just rice.  It made for an interesting meal and dinner conversations and to be honest made me quite THANKFUL!!!  Some kids only get to eat this one time a day.  I honestly just cannot imagine.  I can't imagine what it is like to be cold or lonely or even hungry.  I am, we are way beyond richly blessed.

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