By Lorilyn Roberts
“…and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another” (Zechariah 7:10).
Anyone who knows me knows my heart for children around the world. Most of us are unable to wrap our minds around the enormity of the plight of orphans and how that translates into the lives of children—until we put a face to it. Recently a friend of mine traveled to Mexico to visit an orphanage, and I asked her if she would be willing to share a few pictures and thoughts on my blog.
In Melissa Main’s words:
“We visited Door of Faith Orphanage in La Mision, in Baja California, a state in Mexico. It’s odd but there is a state of California in both Mexico and the US.
I traveled to La Mision, Mexico… to build houses for poverty-stricken Mexican families and to provide support for orphanages and other charities. We distributed food to needy families and offered encouragement to workers at the orphanages and no cost day care center….there is an incredible amount of joy and satisfaction in giving to those in need and changing their lives forever. People are designed for a purpose. Helping others fulfills one of our hearts’ greatest needs and helps us to discover our purpose in life.”
Children come to orphanages in Mexico because of abuse, neglect, and poverty. Some families are too poor to care for their children. They leave the children home alone while they work out of town and then they are picked up by the Mexican government and placed in orphanages. Sometimes they are left alone during the day if the parents work in town.
Tony, the 10 month old baby in the photo, was left home alone during the day. His head was flat and dented in the back. He is very snuggly and responding well to the love and attention he receives at Door of Faith Orphanage. Sometimes babies are sent to orphanages when a mother is very young…
I have been touched personally by two small children from Nepal and Vietnam. Here are the referral photos of my two daughters—they were orphans before I adopted them.
What would God’s news headlines be if He were to script today’s top stories? I have no doubt he would urge Christians to take care of the orphans and widows. Over one hundred fifty million children go to bed hungry each night. Many have lost their parents due to aids, starvation, and lack of clean water. Whenever the news covers these heart-wrenching pieces, my heart breaks because the needs are so great. Feeling overwhelmed can paralyze you from doing anything, but one person can make a difference—and you could be that person.
If you would like more information on how you can be God’s loving hands and face to a child—who longs to know Jesus’ love, here are a few links. It doesn’t take a saint to do a heroic act—it only takes a willing servant who says yes to God’s whisper in his heart.
Door of Faith http://www.dofo.org/ourmission.php
Hope’s Promise http://www.hopespromise.com/
Samaritan’s Purse https://www.samaritanspurse.org/
You can also visit my website at http://lorilynroberts.com/subchildrenofdreams.html where I have posted photographs of my adoption journeys to Nepal and Vietnam. Today my children are normal American kids—the transformation with a little bit of love is amazing!
You can also visit Lorilyn Robert’s blog at http://www.lorilynroberts.blogspot.com/