"Pure and faultless religion is this . . . caring for orphans" James, a follower of Jesus
The plight of the orphan, both here and abroad, is truly astounding. Not many of us can fully comprehend living life on our own, without an earthly mentor or guide, without the security of permanence that a family brings. Surely only a few of us can share what it means to live in abject poverty, begging daily for food, shelter and clothing. Life on the streets, in an orphanage or in one foster home after another is simply unfathomable for most of us.
The statistics are overwhelming:
- 18.5 million orphans worldwide
- 500,000 children in the US foster care system
- 104,000 of those US children are available and waiting for their forever families.