There are 145 million orphans worldwide. Nearly 236 million
people in the United States call themselves Christians. From
a purely statistical standpoint, American Christians by themselves have the wherewithal to house every orphan in the world!
—Max Lucado from Outlive Your Life (via inaweofyourgrace)—
Wow!!!! That is staggering!!
Today, I applaud every family that has made the sacrifice to adopt or foster a child who had nobody else to take them in. I applaud every missionary that has said good-bye to friends and family to answer the call of James 1:27 “…to care for the orphans and the widows in their distress…”. I applaud every individual, group, and/or church that is making effort to care for the orphaned child, whether in the states or around the world. Thank you for doing what you do. The Lord truly says, “Well Done.”
As Christians, we should find out what pleases the Lord and do it. We should seek to know what is on His heart…and that should become what is on our hearts. We should learn of His commands and do them. I know, I know, much easier said than done. But here is the truth: Orphans are a BIG DEAL to God. Do a word search in scripture for the word “orphan” or “fatherless” and you will see many many scriptures that reveal His heart for these precious children.
It was the verse in James 1:27 (“True religion that is pleasing to God our Father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself unspotted from the world.”) that broke our hearts and led us to leave the comforts of our lives in the states to move to Haiti and help do our part in bringing glory to God by caring for orphaned children. And we are so blessed to be a part of that.
So, on what we Christians in America have coined as “Orphan Sunday”, I ask you, what role are you playing in helping to care for these often forgotten and neglected children? There are so many ways to be involved. Because the truth is that it is the call of every Christ follower to be involved in some capacity. May the Lord stir your heart today for the children that God loves dearly.