Contact: Millions of children worldwide
Cost: Too high for many.
The wanted ad would read like this I am sure. So many children, too few of them finding a home, a family and a forever after. God must have been on to something when He specifically instructed us to look after the orphans. He made it very clear, He commanded us to do this, why? Because He knew we would forget or become to busy to notice.
I have been wracking my brain the last few years trying to think of ways to help orphans on a greater scale. I can’t adopt them all, but I can’t seem to get my head around why they can’t all have a family, when there are plenty to go around, why? Why? WHY?
So many excuses, reasons, good and bad, but the fact remains, there are millions of children homeless, alone and in need of a hug a good night kiss and a tomorrow that allows them to fall asleep with a smile instead of tears.
I have been wanting to use the idea of TheFatherHeart as more than a signpost, I am wanting to allow the idea to become hands and feet to a population of children in need, to let them know that they belong. I came across an organisation in the USA called THE ABBA FUND (www.abbafund.org). I began thinking, how could I assist in making adoption something more people thought about, talked about and eventually did. I started seeing that in South Africa, there is very little support for those who want to adopt, very little assistance, whether it be materials, education or especially finances. Sure it is out there, but it is not blatant enough. Strip clubs are advertised with greater effectiveness than adoption agencies.
So this is where I am at, an idea, a wondering!
What if The Fatherheart Foundation sponsored families for the cost of adoption, the process, the tests, unforeseen costs etc. Would that make a difference. What if we could speak at various events about the need for adoption, the need for funding and then offer those who have a heart to adopt but lack the capital outlay, the funds to start the process. Would this removal of an obstacle help, would it encourage more people to adopt? I would love to have your thoughts and comments.
I don’t want it to stop here. Funding could go further, sponsoring social workers, education of adopted children, camps for orphans that are run through a partnership with a particular church who “adopt” an orphanage. Sponsorship could be full or partial. What I am looking at is creating a conduit to finance getting these children into loving families.
Sure there must be checks and balances etc, but as an idea, what do you think, give me comments, feedback, pitfalls, support, criticism. This is everyone’s challenge, and if you can’t support an orphan, then give me a minute of your time and perhaps your thoughts may help me shape something that can.