November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and many are working together to raise awareness for these children who are close to God’s heart.
Join us this month as we focus on this important issue and how we, as moms, can make a difference. We may not all be called to adopt, but we are all called to action.
The question burning on your heart: how can I make a difference? Obviously God calls the body of Christ to be involved. But you may not be in a position to adopt or be called to bring a child into your home through adoption. Good news! There are plenty of other ways to follow this biblical command. The following are just a few suggestions from Hope for Orphans’ “Ten Ideas: Ministering to Orphans.”
“… to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. … O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” (Psalm 10:14b,17–18)
- Pray for a child waiting for a family. Print out a photo and description of a child from a waiting child listing (www.adoptuskids.orgor www.rainbowkids.com) and earnestly lift them up to the Lord.
- Support foster parents with offers to help with yard work, to babysit, to pray, and to prepare meals. Foster children frequently arrive with only the clothes on their backs. Collect clothing and toys to bless the family.
- Provide for orphans’ physical needs by purchasing diapers, blankets, or equipment for an orphanage. Visit www.helporphans.org and click on the “Gift from the Heart” link for more information.
- Use your talents on a mission trip to an orphanage. Help construct or remodel a building, provide medical services, teach vacation Bible school, or play with the children. Check out the following websites for opportunities: www.gainusa.org, www.helporphans.org, www.hopechest.org.
- Involve your church family by launching an orphan ministry. Spread the desire and impact many lives by contacting www.shaohannahshope.comor www.hopefororphans.com.
Many of the websites above share more ideas and testimonies regarding care of the fatherless. If you are interested in adoption or fostering a child, visit Hope for Orphans to answer your questions and for guidance. It’s time for prayer, reflection, and action!