A plea for you to join orphan care ministry

In this world you are an orphan —-
eagerly anticipating your adoption as God’s child.
In this world you are a widow —-
longing for reunion with your Bridegroom.
In this world you are a stranger —-
a pilgrim waiting to become a citizen of heaven.

And in this world, God has called you to care for the orphan, the stranger, and the widow.
— Tom Davis, Fields of the Fatherless

For over a year now I've been involved with a group called In His Hands Orphans Outreach.  We meet once a month for an hour, the second Monday of the month.  Here is my plea to convince you that you can and should give an hour a month to orphan care.

If you are a Christian, you are called to care for the orphan.  If you are not convinced of that fact, please email me, and I will send you a list of scriptures to read.  I'm willing to bet that most of you know that it is true.

So what does it mean to care for the orphan?

It can mean lots of different things to different people.  One thing it doesn't necessarily mean is adoption.

Adoption is not for everyone. Nor is it the answer to the world’s orphan crisis. In the best of circumstances, adoption creates a loving family for a child who has been orphaned. But it does not address the root causes of why a child has been abandoned or orphaned to begin with. It is a band-aid on a much larger problem. It is estimated that 99% of the world’s orphans will not be adopted. Adoption is an answer for some orphaned children . . . but not for most of them.
— Kristen Howerton, Rage Against the Minivan

Since adoption will only solve 1% of the orphan crisis, my hope is that we can get more people involved in In His Hands Orphans Outreach that are not involved in adoption, just ordinary Christians wanting to obey God's call to care for the orphan.

So if you are not adopting, and you have no plans to adopt, we need you.  Come.  Participate.

What do we need from you?

Your ears.

We need our city of Amarillo to have a better understanding of local orphan care, international orphan care, the difficulties faced in adoption, and the difficulties faced in foster care.  We need you to listen to stories and listen to facts.

How will we know how to act if we don't know what the problems are?

We need your ideas.

God gave us all unique brains, diverse backgrounds, and different gifts.  Last night I read a blog post from a missionary in Ethiopia who is using his abilities in the business world to create jobs and prevent broken families.  He had this to say.

I believe that every one of us has a skill set that can be applied in one way or another to change the world. We live in a time on this earth that is still full of suffering, but we also live in a time where the world is full of people who are ready to move forward and really make some progress on eliminating poverty in our lifetime. You might be an awesome diaper changer, or an incredible secretary, you might have a bunch of resources that you want to invest, or only your bare hands, you may be an incredible story teller who can share the gospel of Jesus one by one with everyone that you meet, but regardless of your skill all of us are called to do something, and I want to challenge us all to make sure we don’t leave this earth before we figure out our little piece of changing the world.
— Levi Benkert, Bring Love In

The thing I love about In His Hands is that it is a city-wide Christian effort.  There are only a few churches in town that are big enough to support even a small orphan ministry.  We all come from different local churches, but we are all part of His church, and we are working together to do something bigger than we could do on our own.

So have I convinced you?  

Do you have ears?  Do you live in the panhandle?  Do you have a brain?  Are you willing to obey the command of Christ to care for the orphan?  Can you spare 1 hour of your 730 hours a month to dedicate to orphan care?

Then come!

We are meeting this month at my house.  Here's the details:

Monday, March 9th


The Lane Home, 1817 S. Virginia St.

"Forever I will move like the world that turns beneath me
And when I lose my direction I'll look up to the sky
And when the black cloak drags upon the ground
I'll be ready to surrender, and remember
Well we're all in this together
If I live the life I'm given, I won't be scared to die"