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I recently landed a contract with a non-profit organization that offers a seven-week curriculum which dispels the many myths associated with adoption, as well as equips those who either feel they’re ready to bring a child into their home, or simply entertaining the idea.  This curriculum is designed to walk one through the process of adoption from A to Z by training leaders in the church to hold small group sessions for their interested congregants and community members.  The key here is that there is only one other organization that offers similar information and it pales in comparison.  But here’s my point…

I’m amazed by the number of churches that blow off this organization.  Perhaps I’m a bit passionate because I know what this ministry offers and have already gotten a revelation of what this could mean for the 150,000 orphans in the United States and more importantly, the fact that James 1:27 (Amplified) says that pure and unblemished religion in the sight of God the father is to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need.

So help me, because I have major problems with pastors that have no interest whatsoever in such a valuable opportunity being offered to them.  People are hurting; women who can’t conceive, children who have no home and no hope, and more importantly, no one to demonstrate the love of God in their lives.  I understand that as the church, many are stretched thin and we can only do so much with the limited resources we have, but when I talk to preachers who tell me they’re headed to a funeral and that they predominately cater to the elderly, I find it disheartening, because those people have sons, daughters and grandkids and I wonder if it’s that mentality that’s keeping them away from the church.

Many seem to have the idea that as long as the inside of the church is okay, they’ve done their portion.   Maybe that’s why they’re attending so many funerals rather than weddings.  Not sure, but at the end of the day, there are still 150,000 children in this country who don’t have the privilege of knowing who they really are.

There’s an exercise that’s done in the curriculum we offer, where we ask the class to list five things that define who they are. I’ll ask you to pause and do the same right now.  Now, take one of the items you listed away and continue to do so until there’s only one left.   If you’re like most of us, I’m sure family was somewhere on the list.  The first thing an orphan loses is their family.  Now ask yourself, if I lose everything that makes me who I am in this world, then who am I?  Orphans ask themselves that question everyday and unfortunately, don’t have the span of influences and spiritual support that many of us do.

While it may be easy to lay blame on our pastors and leaders; let us first examine ourselves.  Let us all be mindful of those outside the four walls of our churches.  I challenge you to start thinking of your own lives in terms of ministry and what you, as an individual in the church can do to help those in need; not just inside your local church, but your community.  I challenge you to look around your church and instead of complaining about what’s not being done in terms of outreach or community service, begin to focus on what you, as an indiviual who makes up the church body, can do to help improve the lives of  the others.  Let us remind ourselves that as we improve individually, so does our local church.

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