The only way to end the orphan crisis

There are 163 million orphans in the world today.

163 million children who have experienced the death of their mother or father. Or both.

Most of the world’s orphans still live with their families and in their communities. But the loss of a parent makes a family vulnerable to poverty and injustice. This is why the Bible calls Christians to provide and protect for orphans and widows – often together.

Christians are embracing God’s heart for orphans – especially for adoption. I think adoption is a beautiful demonstration of the gospel. We adopted Ella because we were first adopted into God’s family. But adoption can never end the orphan crisis. Building orphanages and children’s villages can never end the orphan crisis.

Even if the nations of the world made the least of these a priority – and found a way for every fatherless child to be adopted today – thousands of children would be orphaned tomorrow.

Why?

AIDS.

Poverty and malnutrition.

Malaria.

Abuse and neglect.

Addiction.

Violence.

Exploitation and slavery.

Maternal mortality.

Statistically more than 1,000 women – perhaps as many as 3,000 – will die in childbirth today. And tomorrow. And the next day. All of this adding up to hundreds of thousands of women who will die this year.

And most of these deaths are preventable.

These women die not because pregnancy is dangerous but because they lack access to medical care. There are not enough midwives or doctors. There are no sterile razor blades. There is no medication. There are not enough blankets. Gloves. Soap. Clean water.

Why?

In many cases poverty is not the whole answer. The deeper truth is that many of the governments of the world do not care. They prioritze government spending on fighter jets over spending on midwives.

This should not be.

Take a few minutes to read this article about maternal mortality in Uganda. Let me know what you think. This is one of the issues I am thinking through and writing about in my book and I would really love to hear from those of you who read my blog.

Sara Brinton

sara@defenseofthefatherless.com

SARA BRINTON is a writer and entrepreneur with a passion for reforming international adoption and orphan care. She leads marketing for Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create opportunity in developing countries. Sara and her husband, Mark, live in Austin, Texas with their four children, including daughter Gabrielle who was adopted from Uganda.

2 Comments
  • Mandi J

    September 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm Reply

    Sara,
    I’m so glad you saw this link I shared on fb. I am also glad that you are sharing this important information and raising awareness on your blog so that it reaches a greater audience. I must believe that one of the purposes of this post is to motivate people to think of other ways we can come together as the body of Christ to address in this case the mortality rate of Ugandan mothers in childbirth. I was really confused that you didn’t go one step further and share the organization that I had spoken of in my same post. Please if you want to help someone who is is on the ground addressing physically, emotionally, spiritually the needs of expectant mothers in distress….go here:
    http://www.kupendwaministries.org
    Or find them on fb (Kupendwa Ministries for the most current information)
    I’m sure there must be others out there, but this one is the only one I know personally and can vouch for their integrity and mission. Thank you again for being a beacon of light for this great need that is so dear to my heart.

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