Today is orphan Sunday.
Think about this, it is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.)
Only 4 % of boys over the age of 4 years will find a family.
Every day 5,760 more children become orphans.
Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…
Each year 14, 505, 000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen.
Each day 38,493 orphans age out.
Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home.
In Russia and the Ukraine, studies have shown that 10% – 15% of these children commit suicide before they reach age eighteen.
Studies also show that 60% of the girls become prostitutes and 70% of the boys become hardened criminals
Another Russian study reported that of the 15,000 orphans aging out of state-run institutions every year, 10% committed suicide, 5,000 were unemployed, 6,000 were homeless and 3,000 were in prison within three years…
It frustrates me to hear these statistics. It frustrates me that I CONSTANTLY get comments about how people would love to adopt, but then they come up with excuses. I know not everyone is meant to adopt, but I know that more people are called to adopt, then do. When you obey God's calling... he will bless abundantly.
“If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”