We are happy to be home. Hudson is settling in well and all of us are a bit less jet lagged. Finally!! Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement and thank you for following our blog! May God continue to richly bless you all!
Hudson is a perfect addition to our family. He is happy almost all the time, he eats constantly, he leaks through his diaper at least 2 times a day, he sleeps through the night, he attempts to stand up and he loves the cat. He is not really speaking yet although lets his needs be known through gestures, and shaking his head. Lauren suggested today that if he doesn’t learn to talk we need to teach him sign language. We have tried simple signs but he has not caught on yet. His favorite family member at present is Christian. He giggles at Christian and almost always drops something when Christian is present so that Christian will play the pick up and drop game. He is so adorable! He gets constant love and kisses and seems to enjoy every minute of it. We are blessed beyond measure! We can’t wait for you to meet our sweet little boy.
While we realize that many families will adopt, we do realize that not all families may be in a position to adopt. Regardless it is clear through God’s word that every believer is required to care for the orphan and we are called to visit the orphan as well as the widow as James 1:27 states “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
God says that Job was a blameless man and upright and that he feared the Lord and turned away from evil. In Job 31:17-22 Job makes his final appeal as to how he has lived a godly life and why he does not believe that his trials are a result of God’s judgment. Job states “If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel anyone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it (for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow), if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering, if his body has not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep, if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate, then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket. For I was in terror of calamity from God,
and I could not have faced his majesty.”
Job made it clear that he regularly cared for the needs of the poor, fatherless and widows because he feared God! This is quite an exhortation to us that is for sure.
Since caring for orphans and the fatherless is mentioned in both the old and new testaments we know that we all must be actively be doing something to help orphans. One of my friends shared the following list of ways that Christians can be involved in orphan care. I hope that this list encourages those of you not currently involved in orphan care to consider how you can become involved.
- Become a foster care family, this could be for a period of up to a few years or for respite foster care families for a night or two.
- Donate to nonprofits who provide financial grants to adoptive families
- Support families who have adopted with emotional support, meals, offering to help out with babysitting or driving children to activities
- Support a ministry that prevents children from being orphans like Embracing Hope Ethiopia www.embracinghopeethiopia.com or All Girls Allowed www.allgirlsallowed.org
- Go on short term missions trips that love on children in orphanages like Visiting Orphans, 163 Million Orphans or those offered by adoption agencies.
- Host a formula, diaper or other medical supplies drive for children in orphanages waiting for families. Show Hope has a list of most wanted items. www.showhope.org
- Advocate for orphans and waiting children by spreading the word through Facebook, blog posts, etc.
- Sponsor a child through a program that keeps families together in extremely poor areas such as Compassion International, etc.
-You can make a difference in the life of a child through your sponsorship. Love Without Boundaries offers many ways to sponsor individual children for care. Sponsors receive regular updates and photos on their sponsored children and get to see firsthand the difference they are making.
Sponsor a Child's Surgery
Sponsor a Child in Foster Care
Sponsor a Child's Education
Sponsor a Child at a Healing Home
Sponsor a Nutrition Project
We are sure that there are many other ways you can be involved in orphan care. Feel free to comment to this blog post if you have any other ideas. Thanks!
David Platt one of our favorite new writers says this about orphans; “We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do everything changes.”
In the grip of His grace,
Tim and Dawn
Mother of 13 and writes this blog.