November is National Adoption Month and Orphan Awareness Month. Jed and I have been hard at work preparing a presentation for our church. I am so stinkin' excited to share with our body what we are most passionate about. For our presentation we've been filming people from our church who have either been adopted, adopted a child themselves, fostered children, or somehow are actively doing orphan care. It has been awesome.
I think sometimes when us passionate-about-orphans people get to really thinking about all the fatherless out there, all the babies without mama's, all the boys without daddies, it can get extremely overwhelming. God, why aren't people doing more? Don't they even care? I sometimes feel alone in my passion. I think about the fatherless every single day. I pray for the orphaned ones every single day. I look into the face of my baby and wonder what his life would have been like had he been born in a different country. Would he have been abandoned? Would he be languishing in an orphanage with no one to hold him when he cries? Most likely. It's too much.
Then I lift my head up and I look around. I start thinking of ones I know who I can get on film from our church. I think of name after name of those who have answered the cry.
Phil and Kathy- fostered over 30 teenage girls and adopted their daughter through foster care.
Tim and Rosa- running an orphanage in Asia for disabled children.
Debbi- adopted as a child and so thankful to share how she was rescued by her parents.
Sam and Angie- some of our very best friends who are in Bulgaria RIGHT NOW! visiting with their children they are adopting.
Yes, the need is great.
Yes, many ignore the need.
Yes, the church needs to rise up.
Many are answering the cries.
Many are not ignoring the need.
Many are rising up.
I know God is on the move and He WILL NOT forget His children.
And I am encouraged.