As I work on creating a clear vision for the future of Kupenda 127, my research has led me to many other amazing organizations doing phenomenal things. I wanted to share some of these encouraging stories with you. In the very near future, we will be releasing our vision for where we are headed.
Have you heard of Project 127? They are out of Colorado and have made it their goal for Colorado to have no waiting children. In 2007, there were more than 800 children waiting in foster care…today there are none. Their mission is spreading…check out this awesome news slip and article about what Arizona is doing to continue the mission.
This movement has also spread to Fresno, California. Christian Alliance for Orphans has highlighted this program in a great blog that you can read here and here. Or you can check out the full article from Christianity Today here.
And even right here in the Pacific Northwest, the least churched region in America. CAFO also wrote a blog on the awesome upcoming events and programs in Oregon and Washington. You can check that out here. I am part of the planning for the Spokane Orphan Summit. If you are in the Spokane area, I strongly encourage you to attend. Portland churches are supporting their foster community, read this encouraging article here.
And finally, a video about a family who adopted 5 siblings from Peru. While today’s post has been mostly about domestic programs and movements, our heart is for the orphan — no matter where they are from. And this video is encouraging too, because domestically most waiting children are older and have siblings… And we need families to step up and take in these kiddos too.
I hope these videos and articles encourage and inspire you. If you would like to partner with us in some way, please contact me. And please be praying for us and we move through the next weeks of changes and new exciting happenings.
It’s World AIDS Day. I wanted to provide some links to organizations who are doing some phenomenal work in this area. We can make a difference. Testing HIV+ no longer means an AIDS death sentence. Get informed.
Before & After: 90 Days of taking the ARV
Check out: (RED) for all the great statistics and what is being done to prevent AIDS. Project Hopeful is an organization that advocates for the adoption of children who are HIV+. The Luke Commission works on the ground in Swaziland, the country with the most cases of HIV/AIDS in the world.
Get informed. Get involved. Change lives. Change the future.
I haven’t been posting a lot here (although I have been posting on my personal blog recently). I have been thinking about how to be most effective.
I can recite or post a million statistics or stories of horrible atrocities. Sad pictures of children who need a mommy and a daddy. Awful realities of what it’s like to live in the 3rd world while we enjoy a rather lovely 1st world experience.
No matter how poor (which believe me, I am poor) we are or how hard times can get, I still have a home. I still have indoor plumbing and running, clean water in my home. I still have heat in the winter and a/c in the summer. I have a car. I have food and can easily obtain more, even if I can’t afford it — only 2 blocks to the nearest food bank. I have parents who still help me when I need it and I always have had loving parents who made sure that I knew how loved I was.
I get weary of defending my passion for Africa and the orphans there. I care about ALL orphans, but God has placed a burden for Africa on my heart. It’s hard to stand alone for a long time. It’s hard when money is tight and you try and you try and you try but it doesn’t happen.
It’s just hard. But I am learning that relying on God and His strength can renew you. And not exhaust you. And it’s worth it.
But I want to be effective. Not exhausted. So, I am figuring this out — little by little, step by step. And in God’s time, it will happen. Meanwhile, I am going to pray and advocate and do whatever I can for these precious children.
National Adoption Day.
So, I can’t remember if I shared this before on here, but I am adopted. You can imagine then, I think adoption is pretty amazing. It completely changed my life and rewrote my story. Someday maybe I’ll share more of my story or if you would like to know more, send me a message…I love to talk about the miracle of my adoption.
And someday (hopefully sooner rather than later), I want to adopt. I think that my family would not be complete without an adopted child, I believe that God has pressed upon my heart that somewhere out there is a child that was meant to call me “Mommy.” A child who needs love and family and I can’t wait to meet them.
I have been studying the theology of adoption. It’s been life changing. In the adoption world, there is a lot of heated debate on both sides. The concern of baby-selling, coercion, and exploitation. The other side concerned about institutionalization, neglect, and an unloved/unwanted child. And I think both sides are concerned with all of the above…it really comes down to what’s more important and those answers vary.
I think all sides have good points. Important points. But I believe that God’s heart is for the Fatherless. And that He specifically equipped His church to look out for them. I personally think government has a lot of roles (more on this another day) but that some roles that the government has taken on would be better left to the Church. But the Church needs to stand up and take back what was given to us by God…a calling to protect the Fatherless, to look after the orphans and the widows in their distress.
Church, we need to stand up. We cannot sit idle while children go to bed hungry and feeling unloved. We cannot rest until there is no child uncared for in the world. Get involved, do SOMETHING. You can do something wherever you are, with however many (or few) resources you have.
Let’s make National Adoption Day 2013 even bigger! You have 365 days. Use them wisely.
Let these encourage you and enjoy their beautiful truth 🙂