Canada? Children with no families? Yes, there are children in Canada who need a home. We have found a website called www.waitingtobelong.ca Here is some information from their website about the need in Canada.
“Somewhere in Canada tonight, a child will go to bed in a room that’s not their own, will cry for a mother who is not there, will long for the embrace of a father to keep them safe. This child is waiting to belong. In fact, there are more than 30,000 adoptable kids in Canada who are waiting just like this. Most of these kids will go to bed tonight still waiting for a forever family . . . but you can help end the wait.”
God has asked each one of His people to help them. Not every family will actually adopt, but every one of us can help out in many ways. Why? Just because we love the Lord.
We have mentioned about the need in Canada…and now here is a bit about other places in the world.
Growing up without a home, a family, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents - this is life for many children. We often take these things for granted if we have them. If you have grown up your whole life in an orphanage, what will you do when you are a young adult?
Here’s what happens a lot.
These children, who have grown up in an orphanage, may take jobs where they end up being sold as slaves – slaves of all sorts. They are very vulnerable and can easily get into trouble with slave recruiters and crime.
But there’s something even worse than that.
If you have grown up in an orphanage, you have never experienced the love from a family, so it is difficult to grasp God’s love and His miracle of a family. Many of these babies, who never got adopted, grow up, may never accept the Lord as their Saviour, and become adopted into God’s family. There is nothing more devastating than that. Twice with no family – once here on earth and once more in eternity.
Orphans need to have a family, and they need to hear the news that the Lord Jesus Christ wants to adopt them into His forever family. God wants to adopt each and every one. This is His heart.
A miracle is for a little orphaned one to be brought up in a home where the Lord is the head of that house. For in this way, those who are lost have a chance to hear the message of love – of a loving Saviour – of One who made them in their mother’s womb and who has a beautiful plan for their life. This is God’s hope.
In 2001, 34 million children in sub-Saharan Africa were orphans. There are currently an estimated 53.1 million orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa. Due to Asia’s large population, the number of orphans in Asia is much larger than in Africa. In 2001, there were 65 million orphans. There are currently 68.9 million orphans in Asia, giving this region the largest absolute number of orphans in the world. In Asia, there were 7.7 million orphans in 2010 alone. Roughly 5% of all children in Latin America are orphans with 1.2 million orphaned in 2010 alone. In Ukraine and Russia, 10% -15% of children who age out of an orphanage commit suicide before age 18. 60% of the girls are lured into prostitution. 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.
This information is from www.unicef.org and www.sos-usa.org and www.thirdworldorphans.org. But statistics may not include abandoned children, the children who are sold, children in non-reporting countries, and street children. These were once precious babies and children who had no chance to become the miracle that God could do in their life.
There are many different statistics and estimates of worldwide orphans. These staggering numbers may help us grasp the awareness of the problem in this sin-sick world, and these numbers also may make us feel overwhelmed that there is no possible way to help such a massive need. How should we handle this? Turn to the Lord. Every life is precious in His eyes. We may not help thousands, but we can help one,and that one life is precious to His heart.