Thursday, April 7, 2011

Something I Have Noticed

I have noticed something over the last 2 months since gas prices have jumped. It is something that is breaking my heart. You see God may not call everyone to adopt (I strongly suggest praying about it though) but God does call every single Christian to care for orphans and widows.  Let me prove it:

James 1:27

27 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.

Since I help families fundraise I see first hand what is happening. Families are stepping out in faith to rescue God's children but they are having a harder and harder time fundraising to come up with the ransom money to rescue these children. I probably have some people angry that I used the word ransom but I truly believe that is what it is. People are shocked when they find out the cost of adoption (usually 20-30 thousand dollars). People assume that you are paying other countries this much money to release the children, but in reality much of that money is spent right here in the US trying to get the paperwork done to be able to bring your child home. For people adopting in the USA the cost is about the same and it's not easy for families to come up with this kind of money but they trust that God's people will come together and help them rescue their children.

Let me break it down a little and show you how easy it can be if several people come together to help rescue one of God's children. Sometime I think we forget that even $5 can help!

If a family needed to raise $20,000 to rescue a child and bring them into a loving family this is how easy it could be:

1 person donating $20,000

100 people donating $200

500 people donating $40

1000 people donating $20

1000 people may seem like a lot but many people go to churches with more than 1,000. What if every church in the country could help rescue 1 child a year? What if everytime you heard a good family was adopting you donated whether it be $5 or $100? My guess is there would be a lot less orphans in the world.

I would love to challenge you to search on youtube for things like The Dying Rooms, Mental institutions in Ukraine or Russia (this is where children are transferred when they are around 4 and they are left to die), orphans in Africa, Foster Care in the USA.

God may not call you to adopt but he does call you to care for them so please help families adopting bring home their children.

Here are some ways you can help today:

I have a family fundraising today through Saturday in my shop. You can click on the pendants on the sidebar to shop and support this family adopting from Africa.

Click here to read Adeye's Post and help a beautiful little boy find a family.

Go to www.reecesrainbow.or and support a family adopting or help raise the grant funds for a child still waiting.

Another thing you can do is PRAY! Pray for them families adopting and for the children not yet adopted. Find a picture on Reece's Rainbow or somewhere else and make it a family priority to pray for that child.

What if it were your child needing a family? What if is was a silly thing called money that was the difference between your child having a loving, Christian family or living a life of hell in an institution?


Kathy Schriefer said...

I am so challenged by your posts to do more than I am doing to help with this cause. God has provided all the funds needed to support these children, but unfortunately it's in OUR pockets. How much of it is money He entrusted to ME for this purpose? My children are adults and they don't usually give me gifts for Mother's Day because I don't need anything. But I think this year I will challenge them to make a donation to Reece's Rainbow on Mother's Day in celebration of life. Thanks for not 'growing weary in welldoing' Sarah.

Holly said...

Thanks for doing the math Sarah....makes it SO real and really does ALL ADD UP!! Love you!