Samantha was seven when her world crumbled around her. Her mom died, and her paralyzed father just couldn’t take care of his family. It was that simple. No food, no more school, no mom. At seven years old, Sam didn’t really understand that her dad couldn’t care for her. All she knew is that she was leaving.
Samantha and her siblings were shipped off to their aunt’s house – complete with a leaky steel roof and crumbling cement walls – which was already filled to brimming with her own eight children. Her aunt had a small sewing business, but as the sole provider in her own family, that was hardly enough. I’d imagine the wear of that responsibility just continued to drown her aunt, but later, LSM staff asked the aunt if we provided money, if she’d want to keep Samantha. She said no.
Today, I’ve just been reminded of the intense need for prayer in LSM. It seems that when God is being glorified, Satan is never too far behind wanting to rip the good apart. Guy King summed it up pretty well by saying, “No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.”
So join me in praying for God’s glory to be brought through LSM in the following areas:
Bathelmy’s father died first, and this his mother followed, leaving 8 children as orphans. His aunt tried valiantly to care for all of the kids, but her husband was a poor farmer, and they struggled to provide for all the new mouths to feed. Something would have to change.
Diemchile was one of nine children. His father lived with them when he found work, but was often gone, looking for jobs to provide. His mother was left alone, caring for her children and a nephew she had taken in many years before. From little on up, Diemchile knew what crippling poverty was, and his thin frame showed the effects that it was having. His family needed a miracle.
A reporter once told Mother Teresa that he couldn’t do what she did if he was paid a million dollars. She answered, “Yes, for a million dollars, I wouldn’t do it either.”
Jesus is showing us that there is a pearl, a prize, worth leaving everything for. It’s not about what you’ve left, but it’s about what you’ve found. Giving to the poor, caring for the orphan, bringing justice to women in prostitution – creating disciples who change their cultures and spread the love of Jesus… those are NOT easy tasks, and they WILL require sacrifice on all of our parts. But that’s what we want to do. Not for a million dollars, not for fame or recognition. All for Jesus, because we’ve found a prize worth sharing and worth giving ourselves up for.
Looking for something to do this year to get involved in the orphan movement? Want to dive into God’s heart for compassion and justice? Need information on specific orphan related topics?
If you’re interested in what’s happening in the world of Orphan Care and Adoption, here’s some great places to learn what organizations are involved and take the next step:
It was dark, in the middle of a dirty street in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, late. She was cold, so she sat next to the van to talk to LSM counselors. Warily, she told them her story as they prompted her.
“Whoa! There’s a lot of information out there!”
That’s the reaction most families have who are considering adoption. Where do we even start? Since starting our free adoption resources program in 2003, we’ve helped over 5,500 find the answers to those questions.
In 2012 alone, with 400 assessments, 150 families went through the entire process and are ready to adopt. Those families came from 136 different church families and 101 various churches. We’re thrilled with the reach our resources have been able to have in bringing vulnerable children into loving families around the world.
But for all of that progress, the world of adoption continues to change. Part of our goal is to keep families up to date with developments in the adoption world.
Congrats to Bonnie Wesselnoff who’s the winner of a free copy of the book The Global Orphan Crisis. Thanks to everyone else who participated in the blog series too. You can find more information on the book, and order your own copy here.
If you’re looking for ways to get involved with LSM in caring for orphans, head over to our website. We’d love to have you partner with us to care for vulnerable children in Haiti and Ethiopia. Here’s just a few of the things you can do right now:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
This blog series highlights Diane Elliot’s new book The Global Orphan Crisis. From this highly researched and heartfelt book, we’ll talk about some Elliot’s main points – the causes and effects of the 143,000,000+ orphans, and what your response can be. We’re giving away a copy of the book, so make sure to comment on the posts throughout the series and tell your friends so you can be entered into the drawing!
Did you know we’re in the book? You’ll have to read the whole thing to see where, but we’re so thankful for the chance to be a part of a story that’s bringing hope to orphaned children. And the great thing is, we’re just one of lots of incredible organizations working to bring hope and family to children who’ve been through so much.