There are approximately 163 million orphans in the world right now. Children with faces, names, stories.
163 million stories.
Sometimes I try to picture all the orphans in the world at once, gathered together in one place, until my mind begins to hurt and my heart begins to feel overwhelmed. I think of cities like Beijing that have 12 million inhabitants. Multiply that by 10 and you still wouldn’t have all the orphans in the world accounted for. There are orphans everywhere. In every country, in every city and town, including ours, there are children who have been left parent-less or abandoned, without hope.
But then I am reminded that there is One who created each of these 163 million lives with value and purpose. One who loves them, who is their faithful Father, who desires for them to know what a precious treasure they are. And one of the ways he shows them is through me, and you. Ordinary people. We have been given the great joy of loving the unlovely, of accepting the rejected, of feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.
On my own, I would be crushed under the sheer weight of what it would take to reach these children and care for them. Thankfully we are not called to do this alone (since we can’t anyway), and it is such a humble privilege to join so many who are “defending the cause of the Fatherless” (Is. 1:17). I may not be able to love and care for them all, but I can love one, or two, or ten, or however many the Lord brings into my life. I can pray for them, care for them, know their stories, and introduce them to Jesus. Whatever it takes.
Today is Orphan Sunday. Watch this video. Pray for orphans around the world today. And remember that these are stories worth hearing, stories worth sharing, stories worth joining.