Please forgive the triteness of this next statement, but the phrases themselves, don't conjure up images that are truly reflective of the issues that lie at the core of these initiatives. Nothing about these efforts bring a smile to my face. They bring tears.
These are life and death issues people. Children are dying. Others that do survive orphanages are often forced to leave and end up being trafficked for sex. (Please support these organizations that are doing something about it...A21 and Hopechest)
I shutter at the thought that these very words have escaped my lips...
"Man, I had such a hard day."These words hold different meanings to me now.
"Holy cow, I'm starving.
My days will never be so hard that they compare to the young girls who are forced into having sex just to survive. And starvation? It is real. And real people are dying because of it. My stomach will never be so empty that I will feel real starvation.
Whether or not you or your church is observing "Orphan Sunday", or "National Adoption Month", please reflect on these very real issues. And please, answer the following question.
If no one stands in the gap for these children. Who will?
Our friends Chris and Jennifer Verme (who are also on the journey to adopt) wrote an incredible blog post that I pulled this video from. Please watch this and consider the question above.