**UPDATED** $3,200 was given to orphans in 24 hours! Thank you so much.
How much does it take to make a difference?
One act by each of us?
Lately, I've been so moved by this blog. And by moved, I mean to my knees.
I want to be like Katie.
I want to think less of myself and more about children like these:
This isn't just any (of the 143,000,000) bedraggled, dirty orphans in our world today. This is my daughter's best friend, my niece. Our skin is like night and day, but our hearts our intertwined forever.
This is what she looks like after 4 months with parents:
This is what love will do.
Unbelievable, isn't it?
It looks like two completely different girls. Come to think of it...my sister looks different too.
So do I.
Someone said to me (after hearing me go on and on about the plight of orphans in the world) "Oh...you're going to adopt too, aren't you?"
I answered, "I don't think so. I think all Christians should feel this way."
Adopting orphans makes a huge difference, but I know that we all aren't called to do that.
[I stumbled onto this site, sponsored by Focus on the Family, I Care About Orphans. It has an enormous amount of info on adoption, including pictures of waiting children in every state. It tore my heart looking at the photos of children without a Mommy and Daddy...so go check it out, but prepare yourself. God may just speak to you. There are 4 African American siblings in my town, waiting. I'm praying for their future parents].
We are all called to do something.
James 1:27 makes it perfectly clear:
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
It's my job. Something I've neglected, until today.
Katie (if you aren't familiar with this hero, modern day Mother Theresa, girl-turned mother of 14 orphans, living among the natives of Uganda, please get to know her blog) needs our help.
Did you know that for $10, you can buy a chicken that will provide eggs/chicks? For $10 you can buy a blanket to cover the cold body of an orphan child?
During the next 24 hours, for every person reading this blog, who donates $10 to feed/clothe a child, to be the hands of Jesus, to follow His instructions, my family will match every donation.
We aren't rich. We live in a modest home, support Russians and our local church. But we've been abundantly blessed and we can help these children in Uganda.
After praying, our family feels compelled to match whatever money comes in during the next 24 hours from our savings account.
It's Christmas. We want to be a part of Christmas Change. Our tree is up, soon to be surrounded by gifts. We have so much. Here is a small opportunity to help orphans.
Can you give $10?
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If you can't contribute right now, would you please pray for orphans today?
DO NOT leave a comment if you can't help right now...but if you want to talk about adoption or have a story to share, please do so in my community...I would love to read it!!