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Orphan Sunday

Today is the official Orphan Sunday. A couple at our church who will be leaving soon to live in Haiti and run camps for orphans got up and shared about the global orphan crisis. They talked about the unbelievable numbers of truly orphaned children in the world and how so little are willing and/ or able to adopt them… so these children are sentenced to a life in foster care or orphanages. My heart broke as I thought about my many friends who are in the process of adopting. It is not an easy road to travel. It is costly… financially, spiritually and emotionally. The financial cost is through the roof. The emotional cost is overwhelming. And.. because God is pro- adoption… Satan is not and will do everything to bring down a family who chooses to care for the orphan. One family I know have been waiting and hoping for a year to bring home two precious boys from Ethiopia. They have raised money. They have invested in this adoption. They have had door after door slammed in their face as they wait for these boys. Another couple are trying to adopt and have been all but shut down by the government of the country they are seeking to adopt from. The government thinks it’s better for these children to be resettled with their biological family or left in an orphanage than to be adopted internationally… question… what about the child who was given by her family to the village witch doctor as a sacrifice and narrowly escaped?… or a child who was sold into prostitution by her family? Are you trying to tell me that sending those children back to their families is really the best thing for them?

I think more people are willing to adopt than we know… I think the red tape and closed doors shut them out and down.

Then… there are families like mine. We have three children with one on the way. My husband just finished seminary and we are basically starting our lives over. We have hearts for the orphans, but not the means or call (for now) to physically adopt. So… how do we follow the Biblical mandate to care for the orphans (James 1:27)?

I think it starts with awareness. We must be educated. We must not turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to the crisis at hand. We must be an advocate for orphans and for those who are called to adopt.Last year, a family we knew was doing a series of yard sales to raise money towards their adoption. Our kids donated toys and our time to help with these yard sales. We didn’t have much, but it was how we could help at the time.

If you are ready to take physical action towards helping the orphans of the world, but not so much called to adopt… consider partnering with ministries who are involved in orphan care. I am skeptical… I’ll admit when it comes to giving money to ministries. I want to know what the ministry is about… how they are helping… where money is going. I want to know the heart of the workers.

Please consider my friends at Sixty Feet. I know many of these folks personally and am very much for the work they are doing in Uganda. They are working with Uganda’s imprisoned street children. They are ministering physically and spiritually to these children… bringing water, meals, education, counseling, etc. to the children in the facilities.

There are a few ways you can partner with this ministry:

1. Donate straight to the ministry

2. Child Sponsorship

3. Buy A T- Shirt

4. Follow the Blog and PRAY!

5. Donate specifically toward the building of a facility for young children.

6. Go on a Trip and see first hand!

7. Host a Cupcake Kids Sale!

Like I said, I know these folks personally… and for what’s it’s worth, I think their ministry is legit. They pray, they have accountability and they have HUGE hearts for the orphaned and imprisoned children of Uganda. You don’t have to adopt to follow James 1:27. Please consider, especially on this orphan Sunday, how you can help!

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Can You Help?

Hi friends!
I have a favor to ask.
It will take about 3 minutes of your time.
But the impact could change the lives of many imprisoned children
SixtyFeet serves in Uganda
Please go to Giving of Life and cast a vote.
Seriously, it’s as simple as clicking the word “vote” on the left side of the webpage.
And if you register on their site, you get extra votes.
(Don’t worry – if you register, you can un-click the “Keep In Touch” box
and you won’t receive any unwanted emails.)
And if you tweet about this,
you get extra votes.
That’s it.
Yup. It’s that simple.
You click.
You vote.
SixtyFeet moves into the top 20 ministries.
We become eligible to win a grant for $50,000.
Lives are changed.
It takes a few minutes and it will cost you nothing.
But it could literally make a world of difference
to the children SixtyFeet serves in Uganda.
Please go.
Vote again.
Share the link.
Do you know what could be done with $50,000 in Uganda?!?
**And if you’re really feeling frisky… feel free to copy this blog post word for word and write about it on your blog! Let’s get the word out and help Sixty Feet help the orphaned and imprisoned children in Uganda!**

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Bloodlines- Thoughts From John Piper

I don’t know what it means that when I hear stories of adoption… or pray for friends that are adopting or have adopted… or hold my sweet niece who, but for the grace of God would have been aborted… or hold the orphan’s hand in Haiti… that my heart skips a beat. We have three children… one on the way. Getting pregnant does not seem to be an issue for me. We did not plan for any of our children. God brought them into this family when He saw fit. I do not know if or when we will ever adopt, but that does not negate the call to believers to care for the widow and the orphan (James 1:27). That does not negate the fact that there is a HUGE orphan crisis in the world.

I can still be an advocate for the orphan. I can still speak out on behalf of those who do not have a voice. It starts here. I do not know what one voice can do. I do not know what one family can do… but I can start here… with this blog… I can share videos like this of people who have overcome much… who have answered the call to adopt… who have accepted the call to go against culture. I can spread their message.

Technology astounds me. With just a couple of clicks, I can embed a video on my blog. I can be thoughtful in this… I can be careless in this. I am often amazed at the stuff people share on facebook and wonder how much it was thought through before being posted. Once it’s out there in the internet world… it can’t be taken back. I hope my kids learn that early!

Anyway… I have thought through posting this video. John Piper is full of wisdom and has led and continues to lead a life dedicated to the Lord. Please take a few minutes and watch as he shares the story of how he grew up in a time of racism and how he has come to understand how the Lord views race.

Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper from Crossway on Vimeo.

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