Friday, November 18, 2011

World Changers

Esther. Nelson Mandela. Saint Nicholas. Eleanor Roosevelt. Louis Armstrong. Steve Jobs. Billie Holiday. Ella Fitzgerald. Leo Tolstoy. John Lennon. George Washington Carver. Carol Burnett. J.R.R. Tolkien.

All these people have two things in common:

They are all talented people who have used their gifts to change the world.

They are all orphans.

And there are many more like them. Some world changers are known far and wide, and some are known only by those lucky enough to be in the same corner of the world.

I can't help but wonder how many world changers are sitting in orphanges today. How many children who were created to be freedom fighters are being held in bondage of child slavery. My heart breaks as I wonder how many talents are being smothered by the cold and vulnerability of the streets tonight.

Orphaned by bereavement or death, it is a lonely, broken, and vulnerable place to be. But we must remember that it is in brokeness that Christ makes whole. It is in weakness that Christ is strength. It is in the lonliness that Christ is Love.

Each of these precious ones were created with unique talents and gifts that no one else can give the world.

So, I ask, how are you being the hands and feet of Christ to the 143 million orphans in the world today?

Here are just a few ways you can support these children in reaching their full potential:

Become a foster parent
Advocate for an orphan
Become a Prayer Warrior
Sponsor an orphan through Compassion International
Give these girls in India a Home for the Holidays
And, as always, you can share Bethany's link to help me find her family, or make a donation towards the cost of her adoption.

Have any more ideas? Please share.
Oh, and happy National Adoption Day!

“My friends, adoption is redemption. It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him."
-Derek Loux

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Mark Langham said...

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are such an amazing voice for the voiceless!!!!! What a blessing to know you.

Shanda said...

Thank you for bringing attention to the many children needing homes. I've never seen your blog hop before but will put it on my blog hop page! And...I live in Upland :)

Joanna said...

Love what you said at the beginning of this post, In fact, I stole it for my status on FB! ;)

Love your blog.