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Friday
Oct292010

Let's do this!

I was recently reading one of our "lifesong family's" blog and came across this great post which talks about how we are all called to care for the fatherless... ALL of us.  That's some scary terminology right there... "ALL".  It doesn't leave much space for translation, does it.  But here's the reality.  God tells us specifically that...

Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we MUST care for orphans and widows in their troubles...

side note: this is NLT... i chose it cause it sounds the most urgent :) ...and rightly so!

Wow.  Now, I know we use this verse a lot in the orphan care scene, but stop. and really think about what that means?  Obviously we can't all adopt, but we can ALL come up with creative ways to advocate for orphans.  Brothers and sisters, it is what we as Christians are CALLED to do!  It is the purest form of our faith.  If we as Christian's don't rise up and change the way the world cares for its orphans... who will?  Boy, that's a scary thought, isn't it?

But how do we go about finding ways to advocate for orphans?  We do it through collaboration... through working as the body of Christ was designed to work.  We do it together.

In fact, (wink, wink) I even have something you can do now!  It doesn't involve thousands of dollars or a lifelong commitment to parent a child.  It doesn't even involve any planning or a lot of time!

Here's what you do... share with us your ideas.  Leave a comment... maybe about a ministry your church is involved in... or a family you helped support financially to adopt.  Maybe you have this aMAZing idea that has been just waiting to get out and be put in action.  Here's your chance!  Let's inspire each other to rise up on behalf of orphans!

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We are having our first ever Orphan Sunday this week. I agree with your post. We are all called to do something. Hoping some hearts will see that it does not have to be a big something (adoption), but maybe a offer of a night out to a adoptive or foster family. Or sponsoring a child, Or supporting an adoption fundraiser. Lots of ideas---just choose SOMETHING and dive in!

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I have found the best way to advocate and educate is by becoming a "walking billboard" for adoption;-) Yes I can help other families by purchasing their adoption t-shirts, jewelry, coffee, ect, and then wear them...everywhere. I get so many questions about what my shirts mean from perfect strangers who wouldn't have interacted with me otherwise! I am learning to casually educate them on the orphan crisis and give them suggestions on how to help(sponsor a child, begin the adoption process, pray, ect.) It's amazing how many people have no idea!
As for my family we are in the process of adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia and are ever so thankful that through faith alone God is providing for our every need beautifully.
Thanks for all you do Lifesong!

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Block

We are a family with 8 children (so far). 4 were adopted domestically and 2 from Ethiopia. We know that our family is now w billboard for adoption, and we stand ready to always witness aobut what great things God has done, and is doing. We love to donate to others adoption fundraising efforts, and hope to in the future be able to do that even more.

~Chris in WA state

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris Butler

A lot of people think you have to have some grand idea to be able to help people, but sometimes, all it takes is giving up a little something yourself. This school year, I have eaten the African soup we saw Gary and Peggy Ifft make in Ethiopia every day, and I an donating the money I would normally spend on lunch to kids in Africa. Over the past two months I have saved over $100 that will go to the Adami Tulu Preschhol. If all of us work together we can make a big difference!

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAddisyn Block

Ideas: We are starting an orphan ministry in our church, and are really praying about it! We are looking at everything from hosting, to advocating for waiting children, to adoption. We offered a Sunday School Class on the topic, and one couple has begun the process to begin adoption! They are an awesome couple, too. So, our idea has been to teach the church about the need, then take the people from that class to as our core leadership for our orphan ministry at our church. We meet this week to pray about the next step! Simple, but it worked.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

There are lots of ways to help orphans! We've adopted, we sponsor children, we help families that want to adopt fund raise. Lately I've been advocating for Lisette through Reece's Rainbow. I think adoption/sponsorship and advocation is a great way to start. That and meeting with the children that wait. Show them you love them and support them.

Jenny SavingLisette.blogspot.com

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

We have 3 boys (2 adopted from China) and are waiting to be matched for a domestic adoption. We haven't had to do fundraising personally, but we LOVE to support fundraisers that other adoptive families are doing to bring their children home! I love to use adoption fundraising items as gifts whenever possible. We also love to make tax deductible donations whenever possible so it is great if a family has an account set up with Lifesong or Kingdom Kids.

This past year we featured one child from the foster care system in our state every Sunday at church. We put their picture up and prayed for each of them. Now we are trying to get other churches in our state to do the same thing.

We did a rummage sale to sponsor surgeries for orphans in China. There was so much junk, but the Lord brought people to buy that stuff and we raised quite a bit of money to help change lives of precious children.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy P

We are in the process of adopting. We have not needed financial assistance, although have had to make some sacrifices. We hoped people wouldn't look at our family and say, "of course, they can afford it." To let everyone know that there is financial assistance available, we hope to help facilitate a Lifesong partnership with our church before the end of 2010. Everyone needs to hear that God will supply the need, regardless of financial status.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelley H.

Adoption has always been my husband's dream! I think it started when he went on mission trips as a teen. I have felt God leading us to adoption, but feel rather overwhelmed at times. It can be discouraging to me to think about how much money we need to adopt, and wonder where it will come from. I know that where God guides, He provides! I have enjoyed reading about everyone's fundraising ideas! God has given His people the tools needed to help these children; we just need to step out in faith to do what He leads! We are just begining the process of adoption, and would like to start an adoption ministry at our church, too. There are several families from our church who have adopted, but we as Americans are SO BLESSED!! How can we NOT try to do more to help these innocent, helpless ones!!
I am so encouraged by all the products(shirts/jewelry/etc) available to buy that benefit orphans and adoption. I am blessed to read about all the prayers and help for adopting families, especially to their other children while the parents are travelling to adopt! What a blessing to them!
God Bless your ministry!

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Here are a few things my family is doing or has done:

-We adopted our little girl from China last year. We are probably starting the process again very soon!
-We are helping several friends go through the adoption process by helping to provide information, resources, and emotional support!
-We are hoping to start an adoption/foster care/infertility support system at our church. And hopefully an adoption ministry at our church as well.

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

I think one of the biggest ways we can have an impact is through individual PASSION!! There are so many people who are willing and able to DO or GIVE but there are very few reminders or obvious directions avaible unless you go looking for them (aka through Lifesong, Show Hope, and passionate adoptive families). I pray that the Lord will raise up many "William Wilberforce's" of adoption that will set the church and God's people on fire!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaleigh A.

We are in the process of adopting a little boy from Ghana, West Africa (a country which recently opened it's borders for international adoption.) Our family is not one to have the funds on hand, so we were "puzzled" how God would make this happen. I purchased a 1500 pc. puzzle and have kept a list of names of anyone who has helped bring our little one home. From helping with a fundraiser, to praying, to financial support. Each name will be written on the back of a puzzle piece before the puzzle is worked. This puzzle will be a lasting reminder of God's faithfulness through His body working as the hands and feet of Jesus. Currently, our list holds over 600 names! This list reminds me that we are never alone when we are part of God's family! Everyone who has helped us with this undertaking has been a great encouragement for us. Yes, let's do this together!

November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Beebe

I think the frist step is to raise awareness. Blogs and facebook are a wonderful way of getting people informed and getting across the message about the Orphan crisis and our role in serving Orphans. To that end, I decided to start a blog that focused on things other than me and my family. I blog about what I am learning in response to reading David Platt's book, Radical, and I blog what I learn from here about Orphans. I also include buttons and banners to organizations that serve orphans or other people in crisis.

The second is to pray for and encourage those adopting. Two different families in our small group adopted this year through a local crisis pregnancy. Providing them with friendship and prayer is a way to support them.

November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatalina Booth

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