Monday, November 12, 2012

Ways to Support Orphans if You Aren't Able to Adopt

"Our family isn't able to adopt or be a foster family. We still want to fulfill James 1:27.  How can we care for the need of orphans?"

I am so glad you asked! I would love to suggest some ways you can support orphans.



Pray for orphans world wide. Pray for their spiritual and physical needs. Pray that these children will receive the gift or parents and families. Pray that they will have food and shelter and someone to care for them. Pray that they will learn of Jesus love for them and in return love Jesus.

James 5:16b

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.



The first six months after a family brings their new child into their family can be overwhelming. Support a family you know who is fostering or has adopted. Volunteer to watch the kids so that mom can go grocery shopping or mom and dad can have a date night.  Make up some freezer meals so the family can adjust without the added stress of trying to figure out and make supper.  Volunteer to go to their house and clean or do laundry.  Ask to take the children to the park or library to give mom a few hours break. With the exception of making the freezer meals, all of the suggestions are free.  You can support adoptive and foster families, even if you are on a tight budget. 



Don't worry, I am not asking for your money! At least, I am not asking for myself. I am asking to give your money to a charity that supports orphans. You choose which charity. Sponsor a Child in a poverty stricken country through Compassion International. Donate money to an organization that provides adoption grants and orphan care, like Show Hope or LifeSong for Orphans.
 The following video is from the Chapmans discussing amount of people they have to turn down for grants because of the lack of funds.

Don't think you have enough money to give? Please reconsider. Most of the world lives of $1-2 a day. If you make more than $10,700 a year, keep food in a refrigerator, sleep in a bed with a roof over your head, and keep clothes in a closet, you are in the top richest 25% of the world. If you have a net worth of $60,000 you are in the top 10% of the world.

James 2:14-20

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 

But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

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