Adoption is not going to solve the orphan crisis. Our family firmly believes in adoption and we know that it is a part of God’s plan for us. However, we strongly advocate for holistic orphan care for the hundreds of millions of orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children around the globe.
Are you looking for ways to get involved with caring for orphaned and vulnerable children? There are so many ways to help. Allow me to share two that are particularly near and dear to my heart.
1. Feed Their Tummies
Our family originally founded Feed Their Tummies as a response to an urgent need for food at a small orphanage in the heart of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo where our daughter had spent the first year and a half of her life.
Since our first food delivery in 2013, we have partnered with Mwangaza International to ensure orphaned and vulnerable children in desperate need of life’s most basic provisions are being fed nutritionally sound meals each and every day.
2. Child Sponsorship
See that sweet boy? That’s Alejandro. We sponsor him through Compassion International. He sent us this photo along with a beautiful note to say, “thank you.” He was thanking us for the money we sent for his birthday. Dave and I each skipped ONE lunch out and sent the money to Alejandro instead.
And, do you know what he did with that money? Let me have him tell you in his own words…
“With the money I bought a pair of sneakers, a t-shirt and a belt and also a cake to celebrate my birthday.“
Oh my heart. He is holding his precious new clothes and shoes in the photo for us to see a very tangible expression of our love for this child. There are no words. No words to possibly describe how much this boy has moved me.
Our favorite organization working to accomplish community empowerment and transformation through holistic orphan care initiatives is Help One Now.