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147 Million Minus One

We're feeling so burdened for the orphan.  We prayed for them as a family this evening and prayed for the child that God is preparing for our family through adoption.  No, we don't have any new news.  In fact, all we hear is that the wait is really, really long.  Like 90 families long (with only 10 adoptions finalized last year) and very, very few children under two years of age.  God's timing is perfect and we continue to wait and hope.

I was looking through an adoption ministry for children with special needs that are longing for a forever home and my heart just broke for them.  God please answer their prayers for a family!

Have you ever wondered how you can help?  I sure do.  I pray for orphans a lot, but sometimes I want to do something more... tangible.

Well, you and I have the opportunity to help families who are raising funds necessary to adopt a child with special needs, like little Albina, or little Sarah who's just the same age as Timmy but has never known a mother's hug.  and little Ricky who has HIV.  You can donate, just even a small $10 gift helps, to bring them home to a family that will love and care for her show her the love of Jesus.  If you donate to Albina, go here and let them know...they are so, so, so close to their goal!!

I know that not all are in a condition to give financially, but please pray.  Lift up the 2,500 orphans in Paraguay and 147 million across the globe.  Pray for healing for their emotional and physical wounds and that God would touch more families to look after the orphans as James 1:27 tells us to do.  
Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.   (The Message)  James 1:27


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