Problems.  Everywhere you turn they are staring us in the face. 

People are hurting, broken, and lonely.  Children are suffering, orphaned, and exploited.  

But what can we do?  What should we do? 

While at Catalyst, Kay Warren talked about the problem of orphans in our world. 

There are a couple hundred kids in the foster system in the United States and millions of children orphaned around the world. 

How should we look at this problem?

James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Kay talked about this verse being a litmus test of our faith because IF we are Christ followers then we will take this to heart and DO something about this problem. 

Proverbs 2310-11 says, “Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.

God is passionately concerned for orphans, and followers of Jesus Christ care passionately about orphans. 

As Christ followers, we have to accept the responsibility. 

Does this mean everyone should adopt?  Not necessarily.  BUT it does mean we should ask the question and engage in ways to help (“to look after…” ).  

Did you know that if 1 family out of every 4 churches adopted a child in the current foster system in the United States that there would be NO more foster kids.  Go ahead and re-read that last sentence. 

1 family out of every 4 churches seems so easy- except we think that someone else can/will do it, so no one does.  How incredible would it be if the Church took on the responsibility to solve this problem.   

The first step is to ask the question, and frankly, asking is probably the scariest part.  What if God wants to use you (and your family) to “look after” one of his precious children. 

Andy & Stacie Wood (our lead pastor) have answered “YES” to that question, and are going through the adoption process.  They are next in line for their referral and are anxiously waiting to get the news any day now.  I’m so excited for them!  To read more about their story and the adoption process, check out Stacie’s blog

Ever since we got married, Filipe and I have wanted to adopt.  I can’t wait for that day to come.

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