Ever since Gail and I visited Ethiopia a few years ago, we have had a passion for children born into poverty. I can’t imagine what it would be like grow up without parents. Doing it while trying to get enough clean water and food to survive sounds impossible.
The Apostle James said, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (1:27).
Amazingly, experts estimate that there are 147 million orphans worldwide. That number boggles my mind. How can we possibly help all these children? The sad truth is, we can’t.
But just because we can’t help everyone doesn’t mean we can’t help someone. As my friend Mary Graham is fond of saying, “You may not be able to change the world, but you can change the world for one child.”
As you probably know, adoption is an expensive process. In Megan and Joel’s case, it is going to cost them some $23,000 (click here for the expense breakdown).
They have personally contributed $3,000 toward the cause. Our family and friends have contributed another $6,000. That still leaves $14,000 to reach their goal of $23,000.
I am committed to raising $10,000 of the total myself. To do that, I am participating in a 10K trail race in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Saturday, December 18, 2011. Would you help by sponsoring me in this run?
You can do so by making a 100% tax-deductible contribution to Lifesong for Orphans, the organization that Megan and Joel are working with. I need approximately:
- 400 people to donate $25 = $10,000
- 200 people to donate $50 = $10,000
- 100 people to donate $100 = $10,000
- 50 people to donate $200 = $10,000
- 25 people to donate $400 = $10,000
- 10 people to donate $1,000 = $10,000
If you are willing to help with any size gift, please CLICK HERE to donate.