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.
Poverty and malnutrition.
Abuse and neglect.
Exploitation and slavery.
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.
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.