Imagine being put on a list. You stayed on that list your whole life. Then one day, when it was too late, you were filed away and forgotten. Please look at the photos of all these children. These are children I watched, prayed, and advocated for over several years. Tonight instead of the “At Risk” page, I found them all on the “Aged Out Before a Family Was Found” page. There were even more children I recognized and just didn’t share in this post.
There is something wrong with this. With all the people involved in adoption, all the Christians in the world, all those who saw these pictures…these children should have families. Yet, today they will never get the chance to know the love of a family or what it means to belong. I pray, as you read this post tonight, you do not glance over it, think to yourself how sad it is, but then go on with the rest of your life unaffected.
The minute we start thinking, “It’s just another child,” we spit in the face of the Gospel.
Christ said, “And whoever welcomes one such child in My name, welcomes Me,” and he warns of the consequences of not welcoming such children. Yes, the Lord is the Defender of the Orphan, promising to “set the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:8). Yet He uses US to accomplish His purposes, telling us to “Go and visit the orphan and widow in their distress…”(James 1:27). As Christians, we should be burdened when children such as these age out and become unadoptable because our own salvation through Christ is our adoption. ” God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:5).If we think it doesn’t matter when a child ages out, we are guilty of disregarding the importance of Christ’s death on the cross–because He died so that all may be saved” (John 3:17).
It may be too late for these children–but not for others. Please visit the Waiting Child Advocacy page on this blog (contact us for the password) to see other children waiting for a family. Or please visit: www.youcaring.com/return2china
to help Brittan and Hope come home. Thank you.
“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know.” ~William Wilberforce, abolitionist and author of “Real Christianity”
Photo Credit: Reece’s Rainbow (Listed Under: How You Can Help -The Children-Aged Out Before a
Family Was Found)