James says that pure and undefiled religion is "...to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:27 NASB)
We may not all be called to adopt or to foster a child(ren). But we are all called to help in some way. That's what the Word of God tells us.
Bob and I have been challenged by our church and its mission to care for the orphans of our city, state, nation, world. We are praying for wisdom in this area to know exactly at what capacity He would have us obey. It's a little scary, I must admit. But we know how important it is for our children to have a loving and secure home--we want that for others, too.
In the words of R.C. Sproul Jr., "God didn't say natural born children are a blessing; God said children are a blessing." All children. Orphaned or not. They're a blessing. And we are to care for them in some way.
There's a documentary coming out soon called Rescued. I'm a documentary-lover, much to the chagrin of my husband =) But he's a trooper--he's watched documentaries ranging from health, homeschooling, abortion, and natural birth to even...gasp...the beauty industry! That's true love my friends. But back to the point at hand...
Here's the trailer for the upcoming documentary Rescued. I believe it's something all Christians should watch, if possible, and to pray fervently about how they are to answer the call "to visit [care for] orphans and widows in their distress"
Let's be the church. Let's not just be hearers of the Word, deceiving ourselves. But let's be doers of the Word, to the glory of God!
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22 NIV