The orphan crisis is overwhelming. There are 153 million children worldwide who have lost at least one of their parents, and over 17.8 million children who have lost both parents. These numbers don’t include the estimated 2-8 million children living in institutions. They also don’t reflect the massive number of children who are living on the streets, victims of sex trafficking, exploited for labor, or participating in armed groups. There are so many vulnerable children in need of a family.
Going through this adoption process, we are thinking about these vulnerable children on a daily basis. There is a deep sadness that comes with understanding the reality of this worldwide crisis, and having it on our minds each day. It’s hard not to feel helpless. We can’t possibly help them all.
Some of you have probably heard the starfish story before. The story is this;
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked: “Young man, what are you doing?”The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”The man laughed to himself and said, “Do you realize there are miles and miles of beach, and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference.”After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the ocean. Smiling at the man, he said, “It made a difference to that one.”
I am grateful for this reminder. While we personally can’t help all of the orphans around the world, we can make a difference for one. Thank you to all of you who have joined alongside us in this journey to make a difference in the life of our little one.
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