About 5 years ago God opened my eyes. He had shown me His call to help orphans. I had once lived in my nice warm little bubble and I had closed my eyes tight to the atrocities of this world. I didn’t know that there were children who needed help, orphans who had nothing. How did I not know? You might ask. It wasn’t on my radar because it wasn’t placed in front of my face.
For my entire life I always believed that the people who adopt children did so because they couldn’t have biological children and that these children completed their family. My eyes had been closed tight to God’s call on all of our lives to serve and help orphans. Once my eyes were opened I couldn’t turn my head. I realized that our world is filled with the fatherless – those who want and need families. Then I had a whole new problem. What could I do about it?
My husband and I looked into adopting. We actually explored both international and local (foster) adoption. We quickly realized the difficulties that it presented us – especially because we had 5 small kids all under the age of 10. Our youngest was only about 9 months old. We found out some challenges, at least at the time, made it nearly impossible to adopt. Many countries have laws regarding how many children you can have in your home. It turns out that even our state also had these laws. I think 4 kids was the limit – we already had one “too many”. Some countries had long travel requirements – which just wouldn’t work with the ages of our kids and the special needs of our oldest.
Frustration welled up inside of me. Why had God put this in front of us only to not let us fulfill His call? This question led me to a deeper understanding of this call. We are not all called to adopt, but we all are called to be an advocate for orphans.
Let me say that again: We are not all called to adopt, but we are all called to help orphans. God calls us to love. He calls us to care. We are called to be a listening ear at 2am to your friend who is having trouble with the adoption process. Let’s bring casseroles and pie to the family who has just brought their children home. Why not care for children who are in foster care? God tells us to do these things. We are called to sacrifice our time, our resources, our finances to further His Kingdom through loving the fatherless.
Practical Ways You Can Help Orphans
- Cook a Meal for a family going through adoption
- Donate Clothing for foster & adoptive families
- Offer to Babysit, so that new adoptive parents can have a night out
- Donate Services – If you have a business or a hobby that might benefit children or parents, help them out.
- Give supplies like cribs, blankets, baby gear, bottles, and toys
- Provide Respite and Other Needs
- Provide other Resources to Families in Need
- Sponsor a Child
- Become a Safe Family Host
- Encourage Families in Crisis
- Host an Orphan from Overseas
- Pray for Orphans
- Pray for Adoptive Parents
- Become a Foster Parent
- Give Money to Christian Groups who are Helping Orphans
- Visit Orphans on a Mission Trip
- Become a CASA Volunteer
- Ask Wait No More to Come to Your City
- Form intentional relationships with families who adopt – find out needs and show love
- Start an Orphan Care & Adoption Care Ministry in Your Church
For more great ideas on orphan care, please see the Christian Alliance For Ophans.
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