Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Get Out Of That Boat

Believe it or not, even though I was adopted, the thought of orphans never really crossed my mind even 6 years ago.

When I heard the word "orphan", I thought of the movie Annie.

God began to change my view about 5 years ago. 

We knew that God was calling us to adopt a little girl from China who happened to have spina bifida.  (that's another long God-filled story for another day...)

But, what we did not know was that through this one little girl, our whole lives would change....

...for the better!

You see, God rocked our world that day back on December 3, 2008.

We had only just received our precious China doll 2 days prior and we were returning to her orphanage for a visit. Somewhat of a closure for her, but also a glimpse into her past for us, her new family.

What we saw that day...

Changed us!!

I will say this, she was living in a very large government run orphanage.

It was very clean.

There were even a decent amount of toys.

BUT...oh, the faces....

These were REAL babies, REAL toddlers, REAL children.

It is one thing to read the statistics.

147-210 MILLION orphans worldwide


That all changes when you SEE them with your own two eyes.

You hold them in your arms.

You stroke their hair.

You whisper to them that they are loved.

The time is now!

We must make a difference!

Everybody can work together to end the orphan crisis worldwide.

What can you do?

~support a family who is fostering by bringing them a meal
~offer to babysit to give foster parents a night out
~financially support someone you know who is in the process of adopting
~start an orphan/adoption ministry at your church
~really the ways are endless

Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act.
Proverbs 24:12
The little girl who started it all....

My precious baby boy in a cold, metal crib with a piece of wood for a mattress.

Orphans NO MORE!!

What is your next step?

Will you step out of the boat?

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