Some may disagree with me, but I don’t believe that every single Christian is called to adopt. Â God created our families differently and thankfully so. Â How boring if my family was just the same as yours. Â God created us each with different gifts, different passions, and different ways to serve Him. Â However, I do firmly believe that we are called to help those in need. Â I think it’s the small, grass root organizations and individual families that can often make the greatest difference.
Here are some easy ways to help orphans all over the world, without the long term commitment of adoption.
1. Â Support an Adopting Family – I wrote a post last year about welcoming new family members, and I think all those suggestions still hold true. Â By doing any one of those things you are helping support the ministry of adoption. Â Its a win/win situation for all.
2. Â Sponsor a Child – You and your family can sponsor a child in a developing country. Â We have sponsored a child through CFCAÂ for several years. Â While these children are not technically orphans, many live in single parent homes. Â You are still making a big impact in the life of a child and helping to reduce the cycle of poverty.
3. Â Be a Big Brother or Big Sister – again, children who are looking for a Big Brother/Big Sister aren’t technically orphans, but they are in need of strong, moral role-models. Â Maybe as a single person, you can make the difference in the life of an at risk child.
4. Â Support an Orphanage Organization – Here are a few organizations that directly support children living in orphanages. Â SPOON Foundation, St. Benedict’s, Vladivostock Mission, Reece’s Rainbow. Â I really can’t think of a better cause to in which to donate money. Â Ask any parent who has Â traveled to adopt a child in a developing country, it’s not a place you would wish on any child. Â While I believe the women that work at these orphanages only have the best of intentions, they are over worked and extremely under-funded.
5. Â Speak Positively About Adoption – When a friend mentions they are thinking about adoption, please don’t be the person that immediately shares every horrible, negative adoption story you have ever heard. Â Â Like with everything only the big stories make the news, the everyday families that are doing well aren’t quite as interesting! Â Speaking positively goes a long, long way.
6. Â Support Women in Developing Countries – It’s true that in many developing countries like Africa, the women are more often the ones caring for the children as so many fathers have died or simply walked away from the family. Â Supporting organizations like Amazima can make a difference. Â Purchasing items made from the women in remote villages can go a long way in making sure their children do not become orphans.
7. Â Pray – I saved the best for last and it won’t cost a penny. Â Your prayers do indeed make a difference. Â Advent is fast approaching. Â What if you and your family make a commitment to pray a decade of the rosary each day of Advent for a child you select from a waiting child list? Â You can sign up free to see the waiting child list at Rainbow Kids or AdoptUsKids.