Saturday, July 18, 2009
Left Behind, But Let Us Not Have Them Be Forgotten
A nice piece in the Desiring God blog about Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village in Tianjin, China. We all know about the tens of thousands orphaned babies in China who end up with adoptive families around the world every year. Unfortunately, there are countless multitudes of orphan babies who do not get adopted, whether because physical disabilities make them less attractive to adoptive families, or else supply simply swamps demand and babies become toddlers and then young children with still no one willing to invite them into their families. The post notes that this ministry serves well over 100 children, and though there are many such blessed places, there are far more children in need, to say nothing of abandoned and neglected children in other parts of the world.
It is with a mixture of emotions that my wife sometimes says, "No more new babies into the world until we humans can take care of the ones we already have!" Today, I say a prayer for the Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village and others like it, and for people who work on the issues associated with the economic, geopolitical, and spiritual reasons that so many babies become orphaned in the first place. And, I'll squeeze extra hard two little ones who we were fortunate enough to welcome into our home as babies.