As stated before, Uganda has about 2.2 million orphans – over 45% of those orphans have AIDS. There is over 200 million children orphaned worldwide.
This is nothing really new. In fact, this lesson wasn’t a hard one to grasp or even see. Still, it’s a lesson that has caused my heart to grow deeper in love with orphans. With that said, let me say a few things and pass along some links to ministries that are doing a great job in helping the cause of the orphan – just as scripture calls us to do:
- There are about 2.1 billion Christians in the world. There are about 200 million orphaned children. The numbers are actually in our favor. And even still, God is bigger than any number given or projected. If God has called His Church to provide for orphans, wouldn’t He give the means for us to fulfill this? Is it that our faith is too small or have we made our God too small?
- Africa and China are not the only places with orphans – I realize this. America has its own share of orphaned children. Though the result is the same: kids are left homeless, without childhoods, without loving arms of protection, and without a lifestyle you and I have had the privilege of enjoying. The ones in Africa and other developing countries have it harder than those within the US – I’m sure – but orphans are orphans: it isn’t right and something needs to be done about it. Now.
- We all can do our part in helping to fight this cause – Christian or not. This is not a Christian cause (though God has called us to fight it), nor is this a political cause, this is simply a humanity cause. We are in this together; and believe it or not, we have all that we need to defeat this orphan-epidemic. It’s not a matter of having the right finances, the right organizations, the right “instruments”, rather it’s about having the right heart. My wife and I would be considered middle-class poor (if even that), but we still find a way to support a girl named Alice through Compassion. This is not to toot our own horn; instead this is to say that we all make a way to do those things that are important to us.
- We met a man, Prince Abdu, who works as a radio DJ and who is a self-made youth pastor. He sponsors football teams (soccer) for orphaned kids, to give them something to excel in. He then teaches them about Jesus each week. He takes them in, feeds them, and houses over 40 kids each night. He buys them clothes, and he tries to educate them through schooling. Prince does this on his own – no help from churches or the government. He uses his own monthly paycheck to buy what he needs to care for his “kids”. Now, if he can do all of this, with so little, what is our excuse? This is not said to guilt trip anyone … again, we make a way for those things that are a priority for us. (You can connect with Prince, via Facebook, here. His ministry is called “Saved to Serve”. The pictures on this page are kids who attend it.)
- Jackie and Wesley Forde – a couple we personally know in Uganda – have been raising orphans in Africa for well over 20 years. They have helped over 100 kids to have a childhood, learn how to care for themselves, receive education, and go out and do likewise. Connect with their ministry here: Windows of Hope.
- Watoto Church has taken another route to helping orphans. They adopt babies, raise them with “moms”, provide stable villages for kids to grow up in, while attending schools and learning trades. Their vision is simple: raise Ugandan kids to be strong and moral Ugandan leaders. An awesome idea and ministry to connect with: Watoto.
- Nyaka AIDS Orphans School – Uganda
- Worldwide Orphans Foundation
- World Vision