I have spent so many hours in prayer and reading my Bible. Seeking God’s heart and will for my life. Reading blogs, statistics, researching other organizations, reading books, and plans until my eyes hurt and my brain in on overload. Reaching out to people, never getting a response…this cycle of feeling hopeful, then let down. But I don’t that’s not God’s will for my life. Learning to just keep my eyes on Him so I don’t sink in doubts. I love the story of Peter walking out on the water to meet Jesus. I want that kind of trust — and to continue the same trust when I see the waves.
I wanted to share my facts with you all, you can find these on probably a million websites, they are pretty commonly stated, but I think it still bears repeating. [The source is: www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren]
It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide. (The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million, just to put that in perspective.)
Every single day 5,760 more children become orphans.
2,102,400 more children become orphans every year in Africa alone.
Every 15 seconds, another child in Africa becomes an AIDS orphan.
There are an estimated 14 million AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa (a number higher than the total of every under-eighteen year old in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Ireland combined). This was projected to hit 18 million in 2010, those numbers have not been released yet (or I haven’t found them!).
8 out of 10 children orphaned by AIDS lives in sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
Briefly, I would like to remind us of one thing — THESE ARE CHILDREN. Somebody’s baby. The only difference between them and our children is the location of their birth! They are innocent and vulnerable. Every single child deserves to know what love feels like, to have someone to call their family.
I have many more statistics and thoughts about those to come, but let me leave you with this one brutally real statistics and a reminder that these are not numbers, these are PEOPLE.
Number of caring adults needed to change the life of a child: 1