Right at this moment, there are 143 million children who need to be rescued. They have no parents and their futures hold nothing but hopeless dark years of struggle.
Today I listened to a radio broadcast by Focus on the Family. An adoptive family (thanks Mrs. Arnold!!) had posted the link on their blog. They interviewed R.B. Mitchell, a great Christian man who was abandoned at an orphanage when he was 3. He summarized his heart-breaking story in the interview and now I'm eager to read his book, Castaway Kid. By God's grace, several men entered Mr. Mitchell's life after he left the orphanage, and he came to Christ.
When it ended, I wasn't sure whether to be happy or sad. While it was encouraging to hear the story of a man who found hope at the end of a terrible childhood, it was so depressing to think that there are millions of children who experience the same pain of abandonment and the deep ache of loneliness everyday. Millions of children who ask, "What's wrong with me? Why doesn't anybody love me?" This absolutely breaks my heart. My heart literally aches for these kids. I don't know any other way to describe it. And right here in our own country there's half a million foster care kids. PEOPLE! THIS IS NOT OK!! But i have NO easy solution. There isn't one. The solution will take MUCH MUCH MUCH sacrifice, self-denial, and even pain on our part. It's so tough.
A sunday school teacher I had for a few weeks this summer always ended his lessons with So what? So what now? I've been praying through that question all day. I've been presented with statistics and reminded of the burden God has placed on my heart. But what am I going to do about it? I'll let you know when I figure it out! lol. Oh wait! I know... get married and adopt! Just kidding.
I challenge you to listen to the broadcast and go onto this guy's website. I'm going to be reading his book in the next few months. After i read the other books in my stack! The broadcast is 50 minutes long but it has probably 10 minutes of "commercial breaks" which I fast-forwarded. I blasted it on my computer and cleaned my room while listening. So be creative and fit it into your schedule! May the Lord encourage you through it and stretch you farther than before. Let's come together to fulfill this great call to care for these precious kids! They are calling for us to rescue them! Oh how I long to go and wrap them in my arms and tell them the great truth that Jesus loves them. I wish I could tell them everything's going to be alright. But I can't. Not now. I wait in anticipation for the day that I tell my own sweet child that he/she is my child forever....
Here's the links:
R.B. MITCHELL'S website: