|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.