November is Adoption Awareness Month



His Heart for Orphans, the adoption ministry of Healing Place Church is having an adoption workshop on Nov. 15th. Click HERE to sign up.




Read adoption stories at redletterscamapign.com

Also click that link to find out about Project Ethiopia You can adopt and Orphanage in Ethiopia where Orphans live that are not available for adoption. Orphanages that are not having children adopted out of are often times neglected and under funded due to lack of western interest in the children there so in order for them to provide food, clothing and education they need churches or individuals to sponsor the home each month. Some of these Orphanages are in really bad shape, so please click and check out ways you can help.


HIV positive orphans around the world are finding forever families through From HIV to Home
You can help this amazing organization by donation or adopting an HIV positive child.



Ugandan orphans are finding a home, love, and Christ through Watoto Ministries. You can sponsor and orphan for very little a month, "adopt" them in a sense by providing the financial support they need to be educated, fed, housed and clothed.

Also, click on any of the blogs in my side bar under the heading "adoption blogs" to read adoption stories that will pull at your heart.

Most importantly I ask that you pray everyday for the Orphans of the world.

Here are some statistics to pray about,

Every 15 SECONDS, another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa
Every DAY 5,760 more children become orphans
Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)
143,000,0002 Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years in an orphanage or foster home
Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…
Every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of the system
Every DAY 38,493 children AGE OUT
Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to belong to and no place to call home
In Ukraine and Russia 10% -15% of children who age out of an orphanage commit suicide before age 18.
60% of the girls are lured into prostitution. 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.
Many of these children accept job offers that ultimately result in their being sold as slaves. Millions of girls
are sex slaves today, simply because they were unfortunate enough to grow up as orphans.

http://www.hfgf.org/statistics.pdf

Adoption is not THE answer to the Orphan Crisis but it is ONE small answer and more Christian families should adopt. At the last adoption workshop I heard a statistic that only 10% of all adoptions are by Christian families, that 's so sad!


I can't imagine my life without Adoption, both through bringing children into our family and by sponsorship, adoption has been more then a blessing to us all, it has opened our eyes to how Jesus adopts us.

Please pray about your place in taking care of the Orphans, please pray about adoption.


Our children, soon to be three when A comes home next month. We are SO BLESSED!!!

Comments

Keri said…
GREAT post! so glad I found your blog!
davidkmercier said…
Hi there. I also just found your blog. It is awesome to meet others with a passion for ministering to the orphaned. I work with a small organization called the Boaz Project working in Russia & India...and hopefully other places someday!
keep blogging!

David