There is rumbling in the church. A desire for more. A move out of complacency and away from comfort towards the needs of the world. A recognition that this world is not our home and yet in this world there are many who need a temporary earthly home.
I am deeply encouraged as I see in the evangelical church an awakening to the plight of the orphans globally and locally in our own country. Worldwide there are an estimated 132 million orphans, many of which are orphaned due to AIDS. In the United States alone there are over 500,000 children in the foster care system. Out of those children in the foster care system roughly 129,000 of them are available today for adoption.
Churches and individual believers around the country are not sitting idly by at the mention of these numbers. They are putting faces to them and changing lives by –
- building relationships with their county and State foster care folks
- adopting internationally and domestically
- starting adoption and orphan care ministries to support families and raise awarenesss
- establishing church adoption funds
- partnering with orphanages and committing long term support
- creating life-changing capital through Christ-centered micro-financing
- establishing community wide, cross-denominational adoption/orphan alliances
- putting on conferences, Summits, and concerts
- sponsoring children
This stirring of interest in adoption and orphan care is not a new fad or new “minstry idea” either – it is pure, practical Gospel. James called it “pure and undefiled religion” (James 1:27). It is an expression of the Gospel and the very heart and character of God who again and again calls himself the Father of the fatherless (Psalm 68:5)
We have an incredible opportunity to join in what God is doing for His glory through orphan care and adoption. An amazing opportunity to increase our joy as we dive into God’s global purpose for our lives in this world as He ushers in His kingdom. A chance to transform the life of a child and in doing so, to minister to Jesus Himself (Matt 25:33-46).