At this moment, there are 147 million orphans worldwide.
That’s 4 million more than just 6 months ago.
Right now, as we sit in this heated room, with cushioned chairs, nice clothes and full bellies, a child in Uganda cares for his dying mother, a Russian orphan ceases to cry as he realizes his cries will not be answered, an Ethiopian girl lives in a landfill, spending her days foraging for food and scraps to sell, and an American orphan suffers the consequences of his mother’s mistakes, wondering if anyone will ever simply love him for him.
I find as I speak to others that the reason more Christians are not broken for orphan care is because most of them don’t know anything about it. So let me shed some light on the matter.
Worldwide, 50% of the population live on less than $2 a day. In areas like Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, mothers relinquish their children to orphanages because they know this is the only hope they have at a prosperous future.
Every 3 seconds a child under the age of 5 dies due to preventable illnesses and other poverty related issues. That totals 10 million children a year.
In the Ukraine and Russia, children age out of the orphan system at 16. They are given $16 dollars, the clothes on their back, and a ticket to the city of their birth. They know no one. 10-15% of these children commit suicide within 2 years of aging out. 60% of the girls are lured into prostitution. 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.
In America, one of the few countries with foster care, there are approx. 500,000 children in the foster care system.
Approx. 120,000 U.S. children in foster care are waiting to be adopted.
A child is orphaned every 18 seconds. They are alone. Without hope. Wandering the streets, searching for food. They are beaten. They are bullied. They are harassed. And they are waiting for someone like you and me.
“The Christian solution for this tragedy is to give orphan children the good news they really long to hear” -- The Gospel of Adoption.
The Lord has sent us a message, and that message is that we are no longer to be silent. God is calling Christians like never before to speak up for the fatherless, and give them the hope they so desperately desire.