Monday's w/ Michael
Focus on the Family’s® Orphan Care Initiative™
Believing that all children deserve to grow up in a family, Focus on the Family launched the Orphan Care Initiative in the fall of 2006. The Orphan Care Initiative is designed to inspire, equip, and engage the body of Christ along with and through the Church to bring orphans into a Christ-centered family structure. We’re working with churches to share the plight of the orphan, unveil God’s heart for orphans, and help uncover their specific and individual place in orphan care.
Right now, more than 127,000 legal orphans in United States foster care are waiting for adoptive families. The US also has more than 300,000 churches, and God has given clear commands for Christians to take care of His orphan children.
So if the command is clear and the need is apparent, why are these kids still waiting?
*Everything above was taken directly from www.icareaboutorphans.org
In Indiana alone, there are 8,612 churches and 3,343 orphans. http://www.icareaboutorphans.org/WaitingKidsinYourState.aspx
You know, the thought just hit me: 3,343 orphans. 92 counties. That's an average of over 36 children per county. In Wells and Adams counties, we each have 3 school systems. 36/3=12
Excluding Kindergarten, there is (on average) 1 orphan in each grade in each shool. There is an orphan in your child's class. An orphan eats lunch with your daughter every day at school. An orphan plays tag with your son at recess. At school, he/she probably seems like every other student. Yet when they go home in the evenings, they don't go home to Mommy & Daddy. They don't have parents to help them with their homework. They have foster parents, but each one is desperately longing for their "forever family". With 8,612 churches, why should we have any kids in the foster care system?
To view some of the children available for adoption in Indiana, visit the Indiana Heart Gallery here: http://www.indianaheartgallery.org/gallery.cfm
A father to the fatherless…is God in his holy dwelling…God sets the lonely in families…Psalm 68.5-6