The last TWO ways you can consider helping and orphan or waiting child:
9. Adopt them into your family.
• Give a child a home through international, domestic, or foster care adoption.
• Adopt a young adult who has aged out of the system.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God is His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families… -Psalm: 68:5-6a NIV10. Mobilize your church for them.
• Be a catalyst in your church for starting a sustained orphan’s ministry. Visit HopeForOrphans.org for resources and to learn more about attending a Your Church and the Orphan™ workshop.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. -Matthew 28:18-20Personal thoughts:
I’ve said it before .. adoption is not for everyone. God doesn’t call everyone to adopt, but I do think that it is a proven fact that God expects all Christians to have some part in caring for the orphans and widows (both literally and spiritually). I also heard a lot of great quotes this weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Orphan Summit, but one that stuck with me about if you should or shouldn’t adopt, was this: Wow~ That quote came from Eileen Mestas (http://www.jobsdaughters.blogspot.com/). I'm not sure if that's her own quote or from someone else.. but it was certainly a quote that stuck with me. How true! Eileen was awesome and such an inspiration. We had the privilege to personally speak with her and meet her sweet twin daughters from Ethiopia. Such an amazing woman and testimony. (I’ll post later on some of the great speakers (Tom Davis) and testimonies that we heard this weekend).
“God does not call the equipped; He equips those who He calls.”