National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month

Did you know that November is the month for adoption awareness?  Yeah.  I didn’t either.  : )  But now that I do, I would like to share this article given to me by my wonderful momma-in-law.

Link to the original article and site

Remembering to take time to pray for orphans around the world is one of the best ways to advocate for them. Our desire with the Orphan’s Table is that it will be a special time designated for you and your family to intentionally think about and pray for these children. To help, we have created a short guide for you to experience a small taste of what many orphaned children all over the world experience each and every day at meal time.

We encourage you to choose an evening with your family or friends where you have a simple meal of beans and rice. The meal itself represents the typical meal that an orphan child might receive once a day, or in some cases only once per week. This guide will help you learn more about how the meal is prepared as well as give you devotionals to share as you remember orphans.

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This article stirred memories in me.  I remember days spent at a summer camp in the woods about four hours outside of Moscow in 1996.  I remember the meals they served us.  Barley one day.  Meat patties the next.  Soup the next. And the “soup” was made with light broth and…. well, we found out why they scraped our leftovers into bins after each meal… also in the soup was barley and chunks of meat patties from the days prior. One day we were served fish.  It was literally chopped into three pieces and each team member got one chunk for their meal.  Either the head, middle, or tail; bones in, skin on.  Good luck finding much meat if you got the head chunk!  As startling as this was to me, we are talking about Russia.  This is not a country in absolute poverty.  The orphanages there may have trouble making ends meet, and we certainly noted a lack of shoes and proper attire for the children.  Things are not at all up to the standards we would hope for.  But there are countries where orphanages are in absolute poverty and need.  The children there are lucky to eat at all.  This dinner of rice and beans, for us, is simply a startling snapshot of what a child may look forward to all day with a grumbling tummy.  And theirs is not a bowl overflowing.  Portions for these children will be small and regulated.  Our partaking of a dinner like this with our family affords us the opportunity not only to pray and talk with our children about those less fortunate than ourselves, but to escape into a mindset of what it must be like to live on meager rations of food in poverty with no parents or family so that when we pray we are praying desperately on their behalf.

Our dinner menu includes one night of rice and beans.  I am somber in looking ahead to it.  It’s hard to wrap my mind around the conditions some children are growing up in.  But I believe in my core that God loves these kids and will hear our prayers.  Please join me, in the least, in praying for orphans all over the world today and in days to follow.  That God will move on their behalf and spare them suffering by placing people and organizations in their midst that can provide them love and support, food and water.  And that these little ones find that there is a loving God with open arms to ultimately hear their cries and heal their hearts and bodies.

 

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