If you’ve spent any amount of time around here, you know me. And my heart. I mean, I’m quite transparent here and share what’s on my heart regularly, like it or not.
And well, it is National Adoption Month. So you kinda-sorta had to know this was coming…
A big part of my heart belongs to orphans. There is no denying that God has rocked our once-ordinary-little-family right into full-blown-craziness through adoption… and we couldn’t feel more blessed. And I believe that caring for the orphan is something we all can do, whether we adopt or not. As mom to 7 kiddos who were once considered orphans, I don’t consider my calling complete – as long as there are orphans in this world, there is still much I can do and hope to do that doesn’t involved a social worker and changing dirty diapers.
There is something we all can do.
Pray. There are so many little ones that need prayer. If you want to pray specifically for a little one, there are many listed on Rainbow Kids and even more listed here. I encourage you to print out a picture of a little one who waits and put it on your mirror or refrigerator. Use it as a bookmark in your Bible or tuck it into your purse or wallet, and pray for one child that doesn’t have a mom or a dad. It will not only be a blessing for that child, it will be a blessing for you.
Support. Consider sponsoring a child in foster care. Four of our kiddos were in foster care or a Half the Sky program all because someone else chose to love on a child halfway around the world through a monthly donation. And I can’t tell you the difference it made for them. Truly. Over the years we have sponsored kids at New Day, Half the Sky, Grace and Hope and An Orphan’s Wish… there is nothing like knowing you are sowing into the life of a child. There are many charities that do wonderful work in China and would be so blessed by your partnership.
An Orphan’s Wish
Bring Me Hope
Butterfly Children’s Hospices
China Little Flower
China Nest of Hope
Dianjiang Kids International
Good Rock Foundation
Grace and Hope
Half the Sky
Love Without Boundaries
Morning Star Foundation
New Day Foster Home
Pearl River Outreach
Starfish Foster Home
If you can’t sponsor a child, you can still consider how you might be able to make a one-time donation or join in helping raise funds for a special project or medical care. Hold a bake sale. A garage sale. Even if you don’t have much $ to give, you can still give of your time and energy. And sometimes that’s the best gift of all.
You can also support other adoptive families through prayer, financial support and simply loving and caring for them once they have their new child home. Adoption is a significant undertaking – like having a baby, but significantly more challenging – and newly adoptive parents can use all the help they can get. F’realz.
Adopt. Of course, you can consider adoption. Consider giving a little one the gift of a forever family of their very own. As much as I believe our family was called to adoption, I do not believe that all Christians are. But if you have thought about it, prayed about it and believe that God might be calling you to pursue an adoption, I encourage you to prayerfully take that first step of faith. If you have a question about adoption through China’s special needs program, I’d be happy to field any questions you think I might be able to help you with…. just email me (in the right sidebar) or leave a comment below.
I hope that you will consider what you can do. And then simply do it. Get those hands dirty…. it’s what God wants His people to do. He doesn’t want His people to stand around, waiting for someone else to do what needs to be done. He wants us to get in there and get to work, even when it’s not easy and even when it’s not comfortable. Sometimes it’s in the doing that you find the joy and the desire, so don’t wait until it feels like the ‘right time’ – you might well be waiting forever.
I promise that if you step out, even in just a small way, to care for just one of the “least of these”, you’ll be blessed in the process.
P.S. If you have an organization or an idea to add, please do.
P.P.S. And YES, one more way to bless orphans is to consider donating to Fill Their Stockings.
‘For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’
— Matthew 25:37-40