• About every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease.
• An estimated 101 million primary-school-age children worldwide don’t attend school.
• About 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 per day, making them extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, illness, food shortages or instability of any kind.
• 22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.
• 1 billion children (nearly half of all the world’s children) live in poverty. Hundreds of millions live in extreme poverty.
• Each day, 10,000 newborns in developing countries die within a month of birth.
• 640 million children live without adequate shelter.
• There are 1.1 billion people in developing countries without access to clean water.
For more poverty facts visit: www.compassion.com/poverty/poverty-quick-facts.htm Sources include UNICEF and The World Bank.
“And if anyone gives even a cup of water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth he will certainly not lose his reward.”
Matthew 10:42 (NIV)
"... don’t let the size of the problem numb you to it. Yes, the world is ugly and horrifying and hard and cold. Yes, I can’t make these things go away by myself. But what is that burning inside us for, if it’s not to step outside what’s known and predictable and easy? How is God asking you to shift your life to let his grace in, and how can you know how far that will go?
Adoption is a crazy beautiful mess. It’s pain and it’s redemption. It’s grief and it’s hope. It’s brokenness and beauty, and it’s full of grace. And that’s just one of a world of ways God asks us to step outside ourselves into something bigger. Something that might be hard.
Quote from K. Gordon and her Blogpost, "Heart for Oprhans: Relief from Ease" for the Christian Alliance for Orphans website.
“The truth is that the 143 million orphaned children and the 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million who live with HIV add up to 164.8 million needy children. And though at first glance that looks like a big number, 2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians. The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.”
― Katie J. Davis, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
Adoption and Orphan Care are very near to our hearts at 31:20. In fact, of our 6 board members, 4 have adopted or are in the process of adopting. We know God has called us to care for these children, and we want to provide every opportunity possible for others to be involved in Orphan Care in some capacity.