Voice of the Orphan
A special message from FamilyLife, Focus on the Family, and Shaohannah’s Hope
143 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents …
…. from AIDS, war, ethnic cleansing, natural disasters …
… and now many are condemned to lives of crime, prostitution, and killing in order to survive.
The Orphan Crisis
Orphans. The world’s waiting children — waiting for love, waiting for family, waiting for someone to care.
Many wait in vain. And the world pays a terrible price.
Orphaned girls are often recruited into brothels … orphaned boys, as young as 5, are recruited into gangs, armies, and terrorist groups.
If you have large numbers of orphans who are rootless and homeless and foodless, and bewildered by their position, and feeling pretty angry and anti-social about what has happened to them … you have a possibility of real instability… Poverty can be the basis for the attraction of extremist groups.
— Ambassador Stephen Lewis, the UN Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS in Africa.
Why This Matters
Even in the U.S., the consequences of neglecting our waiting children are horrifying.
- 30% of all the homeless adults in the United States spent time in foster care.
- One in three youth who turn 18 and leave foster care resort to stealing, prostitution, or selling drugs. One in four spend time in jail or prison.
The children wait. Does anyone care?
What We’re Doing
The Bible is clear. God cares deeply. And because of God’s special concern for these vulnerable children, we care, as well. That’s why FamilyLife, Focus on the Family and Shaohannah’s Hope have joined together to launch a long-term, nationwide campaign called Voice of the Orphan. This campaign seeks to raise awareness of the orphan crisis and spur fellow Christians to action.
What You Can Do
Together, we are helping to educate concerned Christians worldwide regarding this important crisis, and we offer practical and effective ideas on how every Christian can get involved in caring for the world’s orphans.
We invite you to join us — and learn more about God’s heart and what you can do for these special children.
Here’s How You Can Help
|Family Life and Focus on the Family Broadcasts
November 13th – 17th
… You are the defender of orphans … LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them.
— Psalm 10:14, 17-18