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Orphan Care vs. Adoption

Posted in Adoption, Orphan Care, The Text with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2007 by len20

Not that the two ideas are adversarial, but I think there is a temptation to be for one or the other. I work for a ministry whose mission is focused on orphan care, so that seems to be what I think about most. But I also believe that if you want to hear the word of God and actually do what it says (James 1:22) in a radical way, I think adoption is the most radical way for us to obey God and take care of orphans. I have many friends who have either adopted already or are in the process (the grueling, heart-breaking, expensive process) of adopting. My wife and I have talked about adopting someday.

Now, consider this – for all of the orphaned children in the world to be taken care of through adoption, every man, woman , and child in Mexico, Canada, and some additional small country would have to adopt at least one child. UNICEF calculates the number to be around 143 million orphans (check it out-p.12). About every 14 seconds, another kid becomes an orphan. Let’s say 350,000 of them will be adopted this year. This is an optimistic guess – about 150,000 were adopted in 1992, the last time an accurate count was taken. Let me know if you have a better number. That’s .3% – not even half a percent! What happens to the other 99.7% of those kids? Whose looking after them?

Ok, I’m beginning to rant and this is where it can be easy to misconstrue the two ideas as being opposed to each other. But they are so not. We have to do both! [I love it by the way, when Jesus answers the “Which one should I do?” questions with “Both” (Mt 23: 23)] I think if we take care of the tree while ignoring the forest, we fail. And if we take care of the forest and forget about the tree, we fail.

Alright, that’s my show for today. You’re a great audience. Let me know what you think, where I’m wrong, and if I’ve completely missed the boat.

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