The staff at 143 Million Reasons and Project 143 recognizes the need for adoption awareness 365 days a year. However, we also want to acknowledge and promote November as the National Adoption Awareness Month. It is a month where we all take extra care in promoting the many children that are in the foster care system domestically and in orphanages globally.
There are several ways in which to help vulnerable children without parents. Here are a few ideas:
- Pray. No prayer is left unheard. Children in waiting often do not have family or loved ones that automatically pray for them. It is up to us as Christians to search and pray for children who are in need of them. If you need help in finding a child to pray over, please send us a message and we will provide a picture and name for you. Please pray that God will lead a family to them.
- Support Missionaries that are helping domestically or internationally to help vulnerable children. Many missionaries help children by helping with food, clothes and improve where they live. Others help older teens to learn trades and how to manage their money. The most important things missionaries can do though is to help children break the cycle that they have been exposed to and let them know that they are loved by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For them to know that they are worthy of His love and that no matter what they are dealt in life, that they can make a beautiful life. You can support missionaries by praying for them and also supporting them financially. You may have missionaries being supported by your church, you can step out and support them individually as well. Ask your church staff on how you can better serve the missionaries in your community. If you need help finding a missionary to help, please let us know. We’ll be happy to provide names and how the people we know and love serve others.
- Join a Missionary Team. If you are called in your heart to join a missionary team, don’t brush off that calling. Follow where God is leading you and embrace the journey that He will lead you on.
- Financially Support a Foster Family, A Family Adopting or Organization That Helps Vulnerable Children. We don’t always have the funds that we need to adopt so if you know of a family going through this process and can help, please give what you can to them. If you know of valid Non-Profits that are in need of funding and feel a call to help, please donate. You can also help support foster care parents by helping with clothes and gift cards.
- Be a Foster Parent. Every child deserves a chance to live in a home with a family. If you have the desire in your heart to share your space and to provide extra love to a child without the commitment of adoption, foster care may be a good solution for you. Foster Care processes vary from state to state so doing some research on your state specifically will need to be done. There are many agencies out there willing to help and lots of information on the internet. Don’t be afraid to look up information or join groups on Facebook to see how you can be a foster parent.
- Adopt. Not all are called to adopt but many are. Remember that God doesn’t call the qualified, he equips the called. Children who are in need of permanent parents are waiting both domestically and internationally. There are agencies available that help with both types of adoptions. There are opportunities to adopt through foster care as well as searching through different countries that allow their children to be adopted. Project 143 has been instrumental in hosting children from China, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia and Ukraine. Through these hostings, many children have been adopted. As a result of these adoptions, this blog has written some posts on these processes and in honor of National Adoption Month, we will be writing more on the processes of other countries. Some blog posts to visit are:
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In honor of National Adoption Month, please share this blog post so that we can help create the awareness that these children need and deserve. You never know how God will work in the hearts of individuals from just one share.