From the hearts of Reneé Loux, Founder of Orphan Justice Center and her daughter Sophia, recently featured as guests on http://jonandkinsey.com
I will begin this post with a part of another post, one my late husband Derek wrote years ago:
“In James 1:27 we read that ‘True Religion’ has to include taking care of orphans and widows. The King James version reads ‘visit’ orphans and widows, but the root Greek word translated ‘visit’ actually means ‘to take care of.’ We are to take care of orphans and widows in their distress. ‘Distress’ refers to the heavy weight pressing down upon them. Religion that God accepts will take care of orphans and widows in a way that lifts the weight and stress off of them.
What is the greatest source of stress pressing down on orphans? … not belonging to a family. An adoption revolution within the body of Christ is a front line of attack in recovering the essence of true religion in the church. Without literal, physical, legal adoption, the greatest pressure bearing down upon orphans cannot be relieved. We can house orphans in institutions or group homes, but until someone says ‘I will be your father, I will be your mother, we will give you permanence,’ those children will remain orphans with their primary pain aching in their hearts and their primary crushing burden unmoved. Within the body of Christ there will be many ways to lift the burden off of orphans, but unless an army of sober and compassionate couples arise and bring those children into their families, the other avenues will remain closed.”
As my husband wrote, without the actual act of legal adoption, a child will forever live with the very real pain and fear of being alone. The need for permanence is a huge, gaping need–the cry of countless hearts across the globe. It is a cry that throbs, that aches, that longs… and it is a cry the Father is calling us to answer.
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Thank you Jon and Kinsey Thurlow, for permission to share this on our website.