This Beautiful Inheritance: Maybe It's So Much More...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Maybe It's So Much More...

This weekend I sat in (via live streaming from my laptop) on an Orphan Care conference in Northwest Arkansas. I learned about it through my new favorite blogger, who was speaking on a panel there. Anyway, I was so excited to find out that it was being live streamed so I, from the comfort of home, could soak up all the wisdom being shared.

credit: Joshua Segraves

The main message that got through to me from two days of speakers was this: Orphan Care is about so much more than adoption.

Only %.018 of the world's orphans will ever be adopted.

and considering there are at least 145 million orphans in the world... that's a big deal.

If you read my recent post on adoption, you know how big my heart is for it and how badly I want to. But, as the speakers at the conference pointed out, if I really care about orphans, I'll want to do more than adopt.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  
to look after orphans and widows in their distress 
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27

credits: Esther Havens

Because so few of the world's orphans will ever be adopted, we need to be working toward other, better solutions.

Here's one example. Kristen Welch from We are THAT Family and her husband, Terrell, are starting a ministry called The Mercy House Kenya. It's a maternity home for young pregnant mothers. As Kristen explained at the conference, these women aren't getting pregnant because they're promiscuous; it's because they're hungry. The only thing that many young Kenyan women have to trade for food... is sex. And that, is very sad. The Mercy House (opening this summer) will be a place of hope for young women, where they'll receive prenatal care, learn job skills for sustainable living and more.

Kristen caught this vision after visiting Kenya on a trip with Compassion International. After visiting the depths of poverty, she and her husband realized they could never just go back to living the "Christian version of the American dream." So they changed they're life mission and started work on Mercy House.


I've been processing everything I heard for a couple days now. And I just wanna DO something. This morning during worship at Church, we sang "Amazing Grace: My Chains are Gone," and I began thinking about the millions of children who need someone to come rescue them from the chains of poverty. And I felt that maybe God was saying, "Here's your life mission. Care for the orphan." 

And maybe that means adoption. And maybe that means so much more than adoption.

Whatever it is, I'm ready to get started.


  1. Very proud of you Kelcie, and you know Dad and I will be there to support whatever God leads you and Tyler to do.

  2. That is awesome Kelcie! Thanks for sharing. My heart breaks for children who have no home or family. Keep me posted! I would love to get involved in a ministry such as this! You are so sweet!

  3. Seems more than a "maybe" when you felt God saying, "Here's your life mission. Care for the orphan." Cheering you on to follow God with all your heart! I visited with Terrell & Kristen at IdeaCamp...they're as special as you might imagine. I'm impressed with their vision for The Mercy House Kenya and encourage you to get involved where you can! @GarySchneider

  4. so glad you were able to stream in and catch the conference! it was such an important weekend - i can't wait to see what God will do with what was said. :)

  5. Hi Kelcie,
    Thanks so much for sharing your heart! God will use your tenderness for His glory and will lead you....Appreciate you sharing about Mercy House, too!

  6. do you know the statistic reference of the .018% you are using? Can't seem to find where that came from? Thanks!


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