Defend the Fatherless, part 3

pray-blog-13David Platt said, “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.”

Orphans face incredible life challenges. Orphans are more vulnerable to slave labor, suicide, violence, homelessness, lack of education, health problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and sex slavery.



HOMELESSNESS: A study in Russia showed 40% of orphans who age out of the system were homeless. There are an estimated 150 million street children worldwide, who are not counted as orphans, most of whom may be double orphans.


SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Alcohol and drug abuse is estimated at 60% among street kids. Russian orphans are 9-60 times as likely to have pre-natal alcohol exposure. 80% of kids in Ukraine are “social orphans,” abandoned by parents, often due to …

Defend the Fatherless, part 2

pray-blogSunday is Orphan Sunday.  The most important thing we can do to help solve the global orphan crisis is pray. We have no greater privilege than to talk to God.

We can ask Him to set the lonely in families, for justice, for safety, for provision. We can pray for lawmakers, providers, caregivers and counselors. We can talk to Him about children with parents who are sick and dying, for child-headed households, for mothers and fathers contemplating giving up their children, and children affected by war. For families who have room and resources to care for fatherless children, that He release and speed any care supplies to refugee camps, for those who mentor and teach orphans, for street children, and  for the health of orphans.

Orphans are more vulnerable to slave labor, suicide, violence, homelessness, lack of education, health problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and sex slavery.




Defend the Weak and the Fatherless

os-profile-300x300November 13 is Orphan Sunday. This is a day we are called to give a voice to the fatherless, to remind the world that there is a global crisis. It’s also a day to remind the church that God commands us to to look after orphans and widows in their distress. ~James 1:27

Here are a few facts:

  • There are an estimated 150 million orphans worldwide.
  • That doesn’t include 150 million street children, 1.2 million trafficked children and tens of thousands of child-soldiers.
  • If all orphans formed their own country, it would be among the 10 largest nations in the world.
  • HIV/AIDS alone has orphaned 15 million children in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Every 2.2 seconds a child loses a parent somewhere in the world.
  • Every day 5,760 more children become orphans.
  • 250,000 children are adopted annually, that’s less than 1%.
  • 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of

I Am Not A Child Trafficker

Screenshot 2016-08-25 23.04.45This is how an anti-adoption activist replied to a tweet of mine saying a quarter million children from around the world had become part of American families through international adoption since 1971. I (stupidly) responded, asking if I should have left my daughter in a baby house without enough food. He replied with a link to his website, which was basically pages and pages of reasons why no one should ever, ever, ever adopt any child for any reason whatsoever.

I skimmed through the site, and some of the comments. Adoption was an act of violence, akin to slavery. Adoptive parents were white imperialists, hypocrites … and child traffickers.

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Emma holding Mira at the airport.

This was on a Sunday morning. I cried on the way to church. I cried during worship. I cried after church. I cried all day.

In my eighteen years of being an adoptive parent, I’ve …