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Orphan Sunday November 8, 2009

Filed under: Adoption,Family,Marissa,William — faithfulremembrances @ 10:39 pm

In honor of orphan Sunday.  My children, before and after.

The first photo Mandy sent us of William and Marissa.

William and Marissa

William and Marissa in October.

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When I was looking through my photos of the pumpkin patch and I saw this one, it immediately reminded me of the one of the from Welcome Home. The difference is remarkable.

They were orphans.

Now they are ours.

Forever.

Part of a family.

God did not leave them as orphans.

There are over 143 MILLION more children, just like them.

ALONE

HUNGRY

HOPELESS

AFRAID

They are real children.

With real faces, just like those two up there.

With real needs.

Real lives, daring to dream of the day when they have

A daddy and mommy

shelter

medical care

full bellieseveryday

hope for a future

an education.

shoes

someone that loves them

encourages them

cares for them

teaches them

someone that allows them to just be children, not burdened with adult worries and cares.

Someone to tell them how much their Lord LOVES them.

The facts and statistics are grim.

These children face lives filled with

POVERTY

HUNGER

ILLNESS

FEAR

LONELINESS

REJECTION

PROSTITUTION

SUICIDE

JAIL

Drugs

DEATH

We are God’s answer for them

His church

He calls us to CARE for these precious children of His.

To open our HEARTS and pray for them.

To open our HOMES and make them our own.

To open our WALLETS to provide for them.

WE ARE GOD’S ANSWER.

For their loneliness.

For their hunger.

For their need.

Will you answer THE CALL?

It’s not easy, to open your heart.  It will be BROKEN.

BROKEN.

Your brokeness, just might bring them WHOLENESS.

WHOLENESS, for the first time in their lives.

You will be BROKEN.

They will be HEALED.

They will have HOPE.

Be the answer.

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6 Responses to “Orphan Sunday”

  1. LauraDodson Says:

    what a difference. it’s amazing. God is soo very good.

  2. Keltie Says:

    It’s not the first time, but your words have brought me to tears with their truth. I am grateful for you dear friend.

  3. Sheri Says:

    Beautiful words. To the point and hitting hard. Thank you!

  4. Linda Dalferes Says:

    Melissa, I am Laura’s mom & really loved how you told the story of your children and orphans all over the world. God bless you! Linda Dalferes

  5. Kari H Says:

    If I could, in a heartbeat, I would adopt from Ethiopia. It’s been a dream of mine since the tender age of 10. I am now 32 with 2 boys of my own, and I would LOVE to expand the family, but really unsure of whether we would even qualify.
    But your words resonate. Boy, do they resonate.


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