Hey, it's been a while. It has become more difficult for me to share our experiences here. I feel like I am betraying the trust of my children by airing their struggles for the world to read. Maybe that's silly, as you don't know them personally. I do want you all to know about the struggles these kids are facing. AS BELIEVERS, WE NEED TO KNOW. We continue to deal with the same issues...children being left outside alone all night (it's getting into the 40's at night here), left to wear the same clothes for weeks on end because no one washes them, having no food, being beaten for no apparent reason, seeing their mother drunk night after night. To you these are just words that sound terrible and sad and unjust. To them this is their life and we are eye witnesses. We are eyewitnesses to things that leave me speechless, physically sick, and cause me to turn away so that they cannot see the tears on my face. I find I cry so easily here. And if I see them crying, forget it. I'm crying along with them. The pain of seeing them hurt runs deep, leaves me empty and emotionally drained, longing for a helping of hope to fill me back up. I want so badly to make it better, provide what they need, provide safety from the mother who beats them, the mother they love.
We have been attempting to work with government workers in hopes they could get these children the help they need and deserve. Let's just say it's been months and nothing has changed or even been pursued. We hope that we have made some allies in at least trying to help, but we are brutally aware that not everyone shares our concern nor a willingness to do anything at all. Some have even amazingly, or perhaps not so amazingly ("Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you" 1 John 3:13) opposed our efforts and presumed our involvement in their lives to be harmful. This shocked us and set us flat on our backs for a moment. But we press on, assured of God's love for them and His call for us to "Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the right of all who are destitute." Proverbs 31:8
I wanted to share this blog post from Tom Davis, author and orphan advocate. If you are a Christian, caring for the orphan and vulnerable child is not something to pursue as an interest in your free time. It is a requirement and the top priority of your Lord...
Today, I wanted to post some scriptures to meditate on. It tells some of the story of why orphans are so important to God and why we are supposed to care for them.
- God calls Himself the Father of the fatherless.
· Psalm 68:5, “A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation.”
- God considers spiritual service the purest when His people are taking care of orphans. (and) A religion that does not care for orphans is no religion at all.
· James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
- God’s people are commanded to care for orphans. To see an orphan afflicted, and to turn a deaf ear, is sin, even rebellion.
· Exodus 22:22, “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.”
· Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
· Isaiah 1:23, “Your rulers are rebellious, and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless.”
- We can be the hands and love of Christ Himself by providing practical care.
· Deuteronomy 10:18, “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.”
· Psalm 10:14, “But You, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.”
· Matthew 18:5, “Whoever receives a child in My name, receives Me.”
· Matthew 25: 45, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of the least of these, you did it unto Me.”
- Orphans are to be taken care of with the same honor and provision as a Pastor or Priest.
· Deuteronomy 14:28-30, “The Levite (priest), because he has not portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”
- A portion of all that we possess is sacred and belongs to the orphan.
· Deuteronomy 26:12-14, “You shall say before the Lord your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments.”