Orphans

orphans and widows

What does God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: ________________________

How would you finish that sentence? How you answer that statement will define not only your life, but how you live out your life before God. How you prioritize everything in your life.

We don’t have to guess how to complete that sentence, you don’t have to fill in the blank, James in his letter to the churches, that includes us today, in chapter 1 verse 27 gives us the complete sentence.

“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this:

to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.

World take note: The way we treat children today will determine how they turn out, for good or evil, in the future.

With:

  • 1.5 mi will be added this year to the number already trafficked in the world, most for sex
  • 28% of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted
  • 121 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school
  • 16,000 or more children die from starvation EVERY DAY
  • 65 million orphans in Asia alone
  • 42 million orphans in Africa alone
  • 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
  • 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)
  • 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
  • 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhea
  • 100 million homeless children living in the streets around the world
  • 2.8 million kids live on the streets–in the US alone
  • 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the US
  • 11 is the average age of first Internet exposure to pornography in the US
  • 80% of 15-17 year olds have multiple hard-core exposures to porn
  • 90% (most while doing homework) of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online
  • 2 million children are objects of sexual abuse in the US alone
  • 1.5 mi Cambodia Children 5-14 who can be considered work slaves
  • 17% of Africa’s labor force is children
  • 1 million children of all ages live on the streets of Russia and never attend school
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What is this saying about the future? For those who make it even. Every one of these facts can be changed, must be changed.

orphan-poster In response to the new movie coming out Orphans, A coalition of more than 50 orphan advocate and adoption organizations have launched a grassroots campaign to educate, dispel adoption myths and prompt response to the needs of orphans. And allows individuals to sign a letter to Warner Bros urging that a portion of the profit from the movie be used to help orphans.

“The movie ‘Orphan’ does no favors for the boys and girls who share its name,” said Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans

Warner Bros.’s “Orphan” revolves around a couple who adopts a nine-year-old girl after the tragic loss of their unborn child. Strange and horrifying events begin to occur after the couple adopts Esther, who on the outside seems like an angelic little girl. The mother Kate tries to warn her husband John about Esther, but he does not believe her until it’s possibly too late.

Movie reviews have describe “Orphan” as the “anti-adoption horror film of the year” that will be sure to “scare prospective parents from ever adopting.”

“Defend the cause of the fatherless,” urges the prophet Isaiah, one of the greatest needs today is the rescue of orphans.  The U.N. estimate of the number of orphans in the world today is 145 million,  and this movie will fan the fears and concerns many parents have regarding the long-term impact of adoption. Could turn a lot of potential parents away from adoption.

Help counter the effects of this move, go to Orphans Deserve Better sign the petition and join them in their efforts to do something about this.