Yesterday was Orphan Sunday. I went to church thinking I was going to hear all about the plight of the Orphan. I didn't. I was disappointed to say the least. I still love my church, but I was disappointed. Ironically, the one place I heard and read about orphans all day yesterday was facebook. I was so glad yesterday for Social Media because I saw the message about Orphan Sunday all over the place - all day long.
The only down side to seeing this - is that you see it. You can't forget it isn't there. The problem that is - because there IS a problem. We have an orphan problem in our country and we have one around the world. There are far too many children living in dire circumstances. It breaks my heart. I wish that it broke everyone's heart because if it did then more people would do something about it. More people would adopt. More people would support those who are adopting. More people would pray for those with out a Mama and a Papa. They would pray for the people who are adopting!
As I was scrolling threw all the posts on facebook last night I came across several faces. Not the normal faces of children who are available for adoption and waiting, but faces I had never seen before. The faces of siblings hoping to come to America for 4 weeks this winter. Faces of children hoping to be a part of a family for the Holiday Season.
My heart broke into pieces. I wanted more than anything to be able to bring these children into my home for that 4-4 1/2 weeks this winter. What stopped me from jumping up and screaming and yelling "Me! Pick Me! I'll take them for the Holidays!!!" It was the money. Although they had a huge Grant to help get them to the US I would still have needed to pay a lot of money very quickly. I should have said yes. I should have begged and pleaded with Chris in hopes that we could find the money and make it work so these children could have a good experience in a loving home. Now my heart breaks for them, it breaks for the millions of Orphans waiting and waiting and waiting. It breaks because I feel like I failed them. I should have known before yesterday and I should have been saving.
Why do they wait? Why does it seem that people don't care? Is it because they don't know what is out there? Is it because they are too afraid to take a chance? We were afraid. It is scary! It is also amazing! Today I wish that more people's hearts would break for the millions of Orphans in the World because then and only then can we really make a difference!
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Please take a moment and pray for a child without a family. Take a moment and consider adoption. Do some research and let your heart break for these children.