Since returning from the Together for Adoption conference, I’ve been hit with lots of information about international adoption, been following a couple of incredible blogs about Haiti, read accounts from Uganda and heard about children adopted from Ethiopia. Let me say at the onset that I am ALL for international adoption. That’s not what this blog post is about.
What it is about, is a call to action. It IS about the estimated 125,000 American orphans that are right here in our own back yard. These are children who are faced with a life lived out in foster care and the hard reality of aging out of the system alone, unless someone intervenes.
I think the root of the problem lies in the fact that Christians, and just people in general, don’t consider children in the US foster care system to be orphans. The word ‘orphan’ seems to be reserved for children overseas, and yet we, here in the richest nation in the world, have 125,000 of our very own.
The problem with numbers is that they can be just that, numbers, until you come face to face with just one precious face.
That one face puts it all into perspective. 125,000 is not just a number, it is the reality of 125,000 faces of all different ages, colors and sizes. Faces with names and stories and needs and dreams.
What are we going to do with that? What’s it gonna take for the body of Christ to stand up, stand strong and make a difference in the lives of these kids? I’m praying that every child in our state will find a forever family….every child. David Gibbons says that “zero should be the new measure in our churches: zero orphans, zero children in foster care.” Gibbons also says that reaching ‘zero’ is going to take radical sacrifice and radical activism. Let’s get radical!
Zero. Sounds so good to me.