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Bryan Parady • @directorb
A new year has come and January 2014 is here, and before us lies a vast canvas waiting for us to paint our journey this year. We look forward to the new year with anxious anticipation, hoping that we will achieve the goals we set and move forward toward our life’s dreams and ambitions.
For thousands of hurting and desperate children however, this new year may not hold much of a bright spot in their hearts.
There are an estimated 143 million orphans in the world today, a number that is very hard to fathom. But to each one of those numbers there is a face; they are not a number. Each one has dreams, goals, desires, things they want to see happen in their lives. Sadly for many, their dream dies a little bit more each day. Some are faced with poverty, others hunger, some need medical care they either cannot afford or have no access to. Some are in abusive situations. Regardless of what particular need these orphaned children are facing they all desire one thing, to be loved.
They want to feel special, to feel important, and more than that, they need it. They need someone to love them unconditionally, to support them in their dreams and aspirations, to cheer them on so that they can achieve the full potential of who God created them to be.
But they need you, they cannot make it happen on their own. James 1:27 says that “pure and undefiled religion is this: to care for orphans.”
Caring for those who are fatherless is not just a modern day cry, it is the cry of God’s heart and He is so very pleased when He sees us walking in His commands. Children hold a very dear place in Jesus’ heart, and for good reason.
Maybe God has been placing a burden on your heart to possibly open up your life and home to a hurting child in need, maybe this is the first time you’ve considered the possibility of adoption. You may have questions, concerns, and be afraid of what it may entail, but if God is calling you to it, you need not fear any of the details. God can work out any detail, all He needs is a willing vessel to work through. God bless you on your journey.
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