Every 15 SECONDS, another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa
Every DAY 5,760 more children become orphans
Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)
143,000,000 Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years in an orphanage or foster home
Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…
Every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of the system
Every DAY 38,493 children AGE OUT
Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to belong to and no place to call home
Take a moment and think about that, really think about that.
In the time it took for you to just think about those unfathomable statistics, another CHILD has "aged out"
with no real home, no family to love them and support them, to encourage them and teach them about love, the love of a family and the love of God.
It is difficult to wrap my mind around these statistics and I have been there. I have seen the faces of the children who wait for the love of a family, some of whom will "age out" and become one of those statistics.
Before Lizzie, these children were just that - statistics. I mean I would hear about them and think, "how sad" and then go back to my life. I would think, "well, there are other people in the world who are doing something, I'm sure" and I would go back to my life.
After Lizzie, after seeing those beautiful faces, my thoughts changed to "Oh Lord, what can I do."
My eyes have been opened and I don't think I will ever be able to shut them again without seeing those faces, those beautiful faces.
"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12
Some of us are called to adopt, some not. I could talk ALL day about the joys of adoption. Just meeting our Lizzie is enough to move anyone. I could try and convince everyone that adoption is something that they should do, but again, not everyone is called to adopt and I get that, but there are so many other ways to help. You can help by donating to any of the thousands of foster care facilities. You can help by sponsoring a child. You can help by donating to the wonderful organizations devoted to helping poverty stricken birth families keep their children. You can help by donating to a fundraising family, who is trying to make "one less" orphan in the world. Check out my "Ways to Help" page.
YOU CAN HELP!
Seeing where Lizzie spent the first 2 years of her life, changed me. It was a "good" orphanage by China standards. It was clean and it was well run, but it was cold and sterile and there was one nanny to every 18 babies. I do think they cared about the children but how does one person love and nurture 18 babies? The answer is - you don't. You provide for their basic needs - and - that - is - it.
Think about the 143,000,000 children in the world who do not have that comfort, that love and the 14,050,000 children who will never have that, will never have a family and...
If you would like more info on how to help, please feel free to email me. If you would like to read a bit more about our journey with Lizzie, you can go back here on my blog to read, "In China, I Cried for You Momma."
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