Today is Orphan Sunday. This is a hard thing for me to write about. Not just because it is emotional for me but because it is hard to find the right words. Many people hear the word orphan and think unloved or unwanted. I know that this is not the case. My son is many things but unwanted was never one of them. Maybe you are one of those amazing people who hear the word orphan and think-not if I can help it.
What can you do to help? Adoption is an option. It is not easy. It is not simply a case of Love Is All You Need. There are many variables to think about-especially when it comes to international adoption. Is it in the best interest of the child to leave their family, their country and their culture? Sometime the answer is yes but not always.
Sponsoring a child is also an option. Helping pay for a child’s education, medical care or food can keep families together.
And then there are organizations like EOR. It was started by an amazing group of adoptive mothers who wanted to give back to a country that had given them so much. As Paige put it, “I wouldn’t be a very good mom if my love for Ethiopia stopped when my child came home”.
EOR does so many amazing things. EOR not only helps orphaned children but also children who are at risk of losing their families due to hardship. They have provided the girls at Children’s Heaven with a daily meal. EOR has built an orphan care center for FOVC. And EOR recently purchased a van for Lola’s Children Home. You probably know what EOR has been up to because YOU made it possible. You have provided care for an orphaned or vulnerable child.
Want to do more? Really-who doesn’t? Is adoption in your heart? Do you want to volunteer at the next fundraiser? Do you want to send some money but you just don’t have a lot of money to give? Here’s the thing –it doesn’t take much to make a big difference. I encourage you to hear the word ‘unloved’ and think impossible!