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Orphan Care

August 15, 2010

When the Lord told Israel that he was no longer wanted their burnt offerings and their incense was a stench to His nostrils, one of the specific issues was that they had failed to care for the orphans.

 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
       Your incense is detestable to me.
       New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
       I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

 14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts
       my soul hates.
       They have become a burden to me;
       I am weary of bearing them.

 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
       I will hide my eyes from you;
       even if you offer many prayers,
       I will not listen.
       Your hands are full of blood;

 16 wash and make yourselves clean.
       Take your evil deeds
       out of my sight!
       Stop doing wrong,

 17 learn to do right!
       Seek justice,
       encourage the oppressed.
       Defend the cause of the fatherless,
       plead the case of the widow.

– Isaiah 1:13-17

James writes, “faith without works is dead”, and one of the few works James actually mentions is caring for orphans.

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

If you are a Christ follower, God has called you to care for the orphans. There are many ways you can make a difference.

An excellent choice is to sponsor an orphan through a Christian ministry. Not all child sponsorship organizations aid orphans, but some will (Every Orphan’s Hope, Children’s Hopechest)

If your family is a place of peace, and you call yourself a follower of Yahweh, then pary about openning your home to one more heart and be the family the child needs. It’s not an amazing heroic thing, it’s not just for couples without kids, it’s for every family that says, “As for me and my house, will serve the Lord.”

Q. But will I love them the same as my kids?

Absolutely. Once your heart realizes that this precious child is now your responsibility, then you will bond as a parent and love your little one.

Q. Aren’t all the kids in foster care really messed up?

Being orphaned is traumatizing. That’s why the Lord wants you to care.

Q. What if it’s hard?

It will be hard. The decision is hard, the process is hard, the travel is hard, and parenting a truamatized child is hard. That’s one way you know it’s the right thing to do.

Q. We don’t have room. We can’t afford to add another mouth right now.

Faith without works is dead. It is expensive and difficult to adopt. But which glorifies the Father more? adopting a child, or buying a new luxury car?

Q. I don’t have the parenting skills.

You will learn and grow (in both your compassion, skills, and faith)

So get involved. Open your eyes to the issues facign orphans in your country and internatioally. Visit the Adoption Group at your church. Go to an Adoption Fair to learn more. When you hear of someone in your church adopting, donate to their expenses, give them soem clothes, encourage them. Invite them over for a meal and playtime, and hear their story. It may change your life.

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