Sunday, May 25

Needed: Forever Families

James 1:27 - Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Today there are around 3,000 children in the Oregon foster care system who are waiting to be adopted (around 130,000 nationally). Around 20% of those children have been waiting for four or more years. Did you hear that? For four years or longer children have been waiting for someone to choose them. Waiting to go home to their family. I don't have stats on international adoptions, like the one we have been reminded about this week because of the family of Steven Curtis Chapman. It is unfathomable to imagine the number of children in this world who need a mom and dad to love them and teach them Jesus.

To our almost-daughter, happy 5th birthday, sweet girl. We'll be blowing out candles in your honor today and praying for you as always.

3 comments:

brenda said...

I can't beleive she is 5 already! I remember her drooling little face coming to Sunday School with you at Pump. Time sure flies. Thanks for the stats. I never whould have known.

rebecca marie said...

my DREAM is to adopt a foster baby (not infant, any child would become my baby) when my children are grown. the mister says he's on board. i hope he remembers saying that in a few years when i hold him to it.

Amanda Peterson said...

Can't believe that she is five! Love you guys.