We are in crisis. We are in crisis and to many people do not know.
The reality is staggering. The statistics are heartbreaking. The stories are numerous.
There is a battle that has been waged for decades- years upon years.
…And most people are terribly unaware.
It’s time to start seeing. It’s time to start hearing.
“Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain!” (Joel 2:1)
•Every 15 seconds, another child becomes an AIDS orphan
•Every day 5,760 more children become orphans
•Every year, 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)
•143,000,002 orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years in an orphanage or foster home
•Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually
•Every year 14,050,000 children stil grow up as orphans and age out of the system
•Every day 38,493 children age out
•Every 2.2 seconds, another orphan child ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home
•It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide
The plight of the orphans overseas is horrendous. In place like Russia and Ukraine, many children (specifically those with disabilities) die by the time they turn 4 or 5 years old. Many children in many place such as Russia, Ukraine, and Bulgaria children are confined to cribs every day. These children receiven no love, no nurture, no stimulation. Many children resort to self-soothing behaviors such as banging their heads on their cribs, picking at their skin, rocking back and forth, and more. In an orphanage in Bulgaria, children are fed disgusting broth that has little to no nutrition or sustainability. Some children that are 12 years old just weigh 12 pounds. Their muscles have atrophed to the point that they can not extend their limbs. Children lie in their cribs covered in feces and urine. Many children rarely (if ever) get to go outside. This just scratches the surface.
The plight of children in foster care is heartbreaking. The abuse and neglect is more than what we all realize. It goes on more than we realize.
“In FFY (Federal Fiscal Year) 2010, an estimated 695,000 children
were found to be victims of maltreatment.” (Child Welfare Gateway)
In Alabama, there are over 6,000 children in foster care. In Alabama, there are about 280-300 children available for adoption. In Houston County alone, there are about 130-180 children in foster care. There are only about 25 foster families. There is a shortage of foster families in our county. They are stretched beyond measure.They are in desperation. They are begging. They have come to the Church in the past and been denied. There are not enough families who carry the DNA of this plight and the Father’s heart. There is not enough of the Church waging war and responding to the alarm. This need is urgent. We need families who will take in the abused, the neglected, the hurting, and those with some type of disability. These children need love, a safe environment, and to hear about the love of the Father. The Enemy is waging to destroy the identity of these children.
The Church must rise up and respond to the call and take on the responsibility of this crisis. It’s not the government’s job to do this. The government cannot adequately do this. It’s to big for the government. Even more, the responsibility of this lies with the Church.
“Take up the cause of the fatherless…” – Is 1:17
“External religious worship religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans…” – James 1:27
I love what Karyn Purvis said in 2009: “I was recently testifying for legislation at our capitol as an invited expert for legislation on foster and adoptive children and the woman who chairs the legislator, the senator who chairs the committee said ‘This problem is just to to big for the government’, and she said, ‘You need the Church’. And that’s my sentiment. We need the Church. This is the ministry. This is God’s heart. This is the ministry of Jesus.”
This is the Father’s heart. He is a father to the fatherless.
Every child is a dream of God’s heart.
This is our problem. This is our cause.
Jesus, awaken hearts and raise up foster families who carry the DNA of Your heart and this cause. Release Your justice by raising up foster families. Awaken Your Bride, Your army to partner with You in waging war against the Enemy. Give us eyes to see to peer into the supernatural and see the war that has been raging for ages. Restore a hundred fold to every worker at DHR everything the Enemy has stolen. Redeem what is broken. Make whats dead come to life and make all things new.