November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Orphan Sunday is November 3rd. I’m so thankful for these events that remind us of the tragic reality that millions of children are living their childhood years without the love and support of family.
Scripture makes it crystal clear that this was never OK with God. It’s still not OK with Him. Orphans are never supposed to GROW UP as orphans. It’s not God’s plan for even one 18 year old to “age out” of the foster care system without someone they can call Mom or Dad.
So why do we have so many orphans in the world today, when there are more Christians than at any other time in history? Maybe the problem is so big that it overwhelms and paralyzes us. Maybe we have become so absorbed in enjoying the good things God has blessed us with that we forget to focus on the things that He has asked us to care about. Or maybe we have forgotten that being a follower of Christ means we should care about the things that He is passionate about.
God has always had a plan to rescue every child who does not have a family. It is a very simple plan – WE, his people, are to be the answer. If we call ourselves Christians, we simply do not have the option of ignoring God’s plan. This is His only plan. There is no
Will you join me in praying every day during the month of November for these specific things?
- That God will burden the hearts of our pastors and church leaders to make caring for orphans and foster children a CORE VALUE in our churches.
- That God will open the eyes and hearts of His people to say yes to adoption and foster care.
- That God will break YOUR heart with the things that break His.
“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. ....” Matthew 9:37
Forgotten Advocate, Oklahoma
Ladonna and her husband, Chuck, have 5 grown children, and 3 grandchildren. After asking God to break her heart with what breaks his, God opened her eyes to the unimaginable anguish faced by children in foster care. She has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer over 2 years, and has led several foster care awareness initiatives in the Oklahoma City area. She is passionate about helping Christians learn about our opportunity, and our responsibility to defend and care for foster children.
“He will save them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.” Psalm 72:14