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Friday, November 23, 2007

One of those instances of real religion

My brothers and I spent our Thanksgiving afternoon by the fire talking about this article.

Apparently a coalition of Christian families in central Texas, motivated by the stats indicating that over 30,000 orphaned children die or are handed over into prostitution daily, have gotten involved in "orphan ministry-" they have begun adopting orphans. They have formed an adoption support group called Forever Families, which has placed over 100 children from four continents in several dozen families since 2003. They sometimes work in conjunction with Campus Crusade's Hope for Orphans ministry; otherwise, the founding mothers are busy recruiting families to consider adopting at-risk older children because "believers don't adopt the way the culture does." Most recently, Forever Families was faced with the significant challenge of placing 30 Ethiopian children in adoptive (white) families. Within weeks, all but one child had been adopted.

The gist of the article is that burgeoning movements such as this one "will introduce the church in North America to authentic Christianity." I totally agree. My five siblings and I figure that if we each adopt an orphan as our own someday, we will have made a sizeable dent in the problem...

Pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit the fatherless in their affliction. James 1