I don’t know about you, but my heart aches every time I hear about an orphan or child in foster care in desperate need of a family.  But I also rejoice when I see a family come to the rescue of a child in need.  I have family and friends who have adopted and it’s always exciting to see.

November is National Adoption Month, and Sunday, November 13th is Orphan Sunday, opportunities for churches and families to emphasize the need for more families to open their hearts and homes to kids in need of a forever family.  Not every family can adopt, but we can all help those who wish to by supporting organizations and ministries that support and facilitate adoption.

Or, maybe your family can adopt.  Right now there are approximately 10,000 churches in Virginia and, according to the Christian Alliance for Orphans, there are approximately 1,500 kids in foster care that need a permanent family. That means, if a single family in one in six churches Virginia adopted one child out of Virginia’s foster care system, there would be more families asking for a child than there are children in foster care awaiting adoption.

Think about that for a moment.

Frankly, if just the churches on The Family Foundation’s email list had a family that adopted a foster child in need of a forever family, there would be no kids left in need of a home!

But that’s just part of the need.  There are children all over the world in desperate need of adoption, and simply not enough families opening their hearts and doors to this growing challenge.  I’m excited to say that in recent years the church in America has awakened to this need and has responded!  Christian giving to orphan care is growing at unprecedented rates, but more is needed.  And more families are needed.

If you’re a pastor, I encourage you to focus on adoption on Orphan Sunday, November 13th.  You can learn more about this worldwide emphasis by clicking here.  The goal is to have one day when we are all speaking with one voice for one purpose, to help orphans across the globe.

You can learn more about the growing orphan adoption movement at the Christian Alliance for Orphans website.

James tells us that, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”  What better way to fulfill the first half of James’s statement than to adopt an orphan or child who needs a family?

I pray that you and your family will consider adoption or support adoption efforts!