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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

It Doesn’t Matter Who Wins

Presidential elections in the United States. Vector illustration with the American flag on the background of chalkboards

Presidential elections in the United States. Vector illustration with the American flag on the background of chalkboards

In a little over two weeks, election day will be upon us. Many of us dread it. Some are still unsure of our vote.

We have an awful choice next month. One one side we have an arrogant pig of a man who may or may not protect my rights as a Christian while disrespecting me as a woman, and my children and friends as people of color and people not born here. On the other we have an equally arrogant woman, a proven liar, an elitist, and sworn to ensure Christians “change their deep-seated religious views.”

One thing I have come to believe: It doesn’t matter who wins.

Yes, many practical things will depend upon who will be sitting in that office come January. But on November 9, as well as on …

The Sparrow, the Robin and Two Trillion Galaxies

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, shows a spiral galaxy named NGC 278. This cosmic beauty lies some 38 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia (The Seated Queen).

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, shows a spiral galaxy named NGC 278. This cosmic beauty lies some 38 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia (The Seated Queen).

Yesterday NASA announced they’d been wrong for decades.

There aren’t 200 billion galaxies in the universe.

There are more like 2 trillion.

In the mid-1990s, astronomers arrived at the 200 billion figure with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Recently, however, a University of Nottingham team led by Christopher Conselice took another look.

They concluded that more than 90 percent of the galaxies can’t be seen by even our most powerful telescopes because they are too faint or too far away. The good news for you space fans? The even mightier James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to be ready by the end of the year.

So what …