"We see the people going to market for provisions, eating by day, sleeping by night, talking their silly nonsense, getting married, growing old, serenely escorting their dead to the cemetery; but we do not see and we do not hear those who suffer, and what is terrible in life goes on somewhere behind the scenes."
"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." - James 1:27
The Bible states in many places the need to help those who cannot help themselves. If this is true, why is it that the church as a whole seems unwilling to consider the plight of orphans all across this globe? We have our Sunday services, Bible studies, and self help Christian literature. We live and go on our way, and meanwhile just over the horizon, there are children who have no hope. What does the Church do about it? Are there widespread adoption related ministries to help those who seek to take on this need? Generally speaking, the answer seems to be no. Why is this need neglected? I wish I knew. There is a clear need and a clear command to fill that need, yet it is neglected. In Isaiah 6:8, the prophet Isaiah hears the Lord call, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" This is the question that the Lord asks all Christians. We all have a task from God. One of those tasks is surely the orphans of the world. We all should answer with the prophet: "Here am I! Send me."
The above portion of this post was written by Jamie. This is my part. I'm not nearly so eloquent.
I want to say "Here am I, send me." I am simply at a loss as to how we can say that to the Lord, when we simply do not have the money for this adoption. Grants take a long time and there are hundreds of applicants for each one, because there are so few to go around. Fundraising is difficult and time consuming, and I find it difficult to ask people for help. I am not a charismatic outgoing person, I am not an extrovert, and I do not have a lot of connections.
Where does that leave us? I don't know. Where does that leave a little girl who has Down Syndrome and is living in an orphanage in West Africa? I don't know.