A small flame

A small flame

seeing the need





I wanted to share a bit more of Pastor Dwayne's sermon from Orphan Care/Adoption Sunday this past weekend. It was an excellent sermon! If you have time to listen to the entire sermon {titled 'Our Spirit of Adoption'} here, I would love to share the blessing!


Statistics here, but dry and boring they are not. They make my heart hurt and my throat clog with tears . . . the ones that aren't already making trails down my cheeks.

Do they take your breath away, the way they did mine?


'I want to make sure you understand the overwhelming need that is present in our world today. Because I think that we have been - by choice - we have been blind to the need to care for the children that are around us and that are suffering all over the world.

A broad estimate would be that there are about 15 million orphans world-wide.

And within that context, there are millions of children who are being used as slaves in labor camps, farms, factories, and as sex objects.

Millions.


This year along, 5 million children will die because of hunger or hunger-related illnesses.

Now, the estimate to make sure that there is food for every hungry person on the planet is about 12-13 billion dollars a year. That's what it would take to make sure that every person who needs food and water on the planet has it. 12 to 13 billion.

Last year in the US alone, we spent 14 billion dollars on coffee

18 million on soft drinks

We spent around 76 billion dollars in fixing up our homes.

If you think about it, we can feed the need of the entire planet with the spare change in our planet with the spare change in our pockets.

And yet 25,000 children will die today.

And the reason they will die is because they don't have what we have in our refrigerators and in our cupboards and in our medicine cabinets. Or that which we can simply get by driving down the road to a local pharmacy. If they just had that, they wouldn't die.



Every

three

seconds

a child dies who could be spared by a simple act of our generosity.



Locally, there are about 500,000 children in the United States who don't have parents.

'Orphan care' internationally is called 'foster care' domestically. And foster care has become institutionalized by our government because the church of Jesus Christ has failed to take in children who don't have homes. And to rescue children from parents simply who don't want them or cannot care for them. That's the need. It is a shame that we have allowed the government to care for those who we, by design of our faith, should be caring for. We have relinquished our rights and our authorities and we need to take that back!


And with this need - if we go back to the question of whether or not we are going to be led by the Spirit to live out the Gospel. And we just can't get around the fact that if we have been adopted we must then care for those who need adopting. If we have been rescued, we cannot get around the fact that we must be involved in rescuing others. The apostle James is very clear. This is what true religion looks like in the sight of God when we care for the widows, the orphans, those in distress. When we do our part in rescuing , coming along side single parent moms who are struggling to survive financially, who have children who need our help. . . Foster care children in the US who are being bounced around from home to home to home to home . . . Older children who have outgrown the ability for the government to care for them anymore who are homeless, helpless. It's just simply our duty to take care of them. It is our responsibility to rescue them. But listen! It becomes our joy when we do it.'


A father of the fatherless and a defender of the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity
- Psalm 68: 5-6

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