I wanted to introduce what I hope to be the newest member of our family. Her name is Scout, for three years she has been fatherless, an orphan in China. For the last year my wife and I have had her picture on the wall in our dining room. At first it was just a reminder to pray for her, specifically that God would raise up a family to bring her home. The more we prayed the more apparent it became that God was calling us to be her family. Having just returned from China not even a year from the time God laid it on our hearts, I must say I had no desire to return. This desire has now changed and I will do whatever I have to in order to get her home. She is currently in a good place, but she is not with her family, she is in an orphanage and children don’t belong in an orphanage they belong in a family.
Scout represents what amounts to over 150,000,000 children just like her, children without a family. So I am writing this on their behalf, to be their voice to the world. Imagine for a moment what life must be like for one of these little one’s. No one to hold you when you are sad, no one to pick you up when you are down, no one to cry for you when the world is unfair, no one to defend you, no one to run to when your scared, no one that really seems to care. This is the life of an orphan and it only gets worse. Statistically we know that most of these children will not be adopted, they will end up on the streets as prostitutes, drug addicts, criminals or worse…they will end up dead. Never having known the love of a family, the love of a father, or more importantly the love of thee Father. We are called to be their voice, to be their advocate, to be their intercessor. Without the Church they are destitute.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
I am also writing this to ask for help, I have resisted this for some time, mainly due to pride. I absolutely do not like asking for help. But then it dawned on me: What if one of my current children were in desperate need and I didn’t have the resources to help, what would I do? Would I reach out to any and everyone I could to bring them the help they needed? The answer is a resounding yes, and so whatever pride I have I must swallow in order to help my child.
It is likely you are now asking the question: If you don’t have the resources why are you adopting? If I were to tell you, it might hurt your feeling’s. The truth is, with a 150,000,000 million children needing families we just simply cannot wait for those who do have the resources to come to their senses. In some cases there are those who care deeply about the fatherless but are not in a position to adopt, and so it is to them that I make my appeal. HELP!!! Not for our sake’s but for Scout’s, it is time she came home to her family. Provided is a link that will take you to a page where you can help. We would also ask that you keep us in your prayers as we begin the next leg of our journey.