For those of you who know me, you know that I have a passion for orphans. Jarrod and I have known for a long time that adoption is in the Lord’s plan for our family. When both of my babies were newborns I felt this powerful love for them that can’t be described because words are too limiting. With this love came an intense sorrow in my heart for the children that didn’t have a mother. I would sit in the nursery at night, holding Henley or holding Hoke and just cry. I know the emotions I feel about orphans are sent straight from the Lord. I’m so excited to see what He has planned for my family and our future!
I want to tell you about two AMAZING women Gwen and Suzanne who share a love for the Lord, a love for orphans (between the two families they have adopted 7 children!!), and a love for their business! Together they founded 147 Million Orphans, a company that provides support to orphans, communities, and families who are adopting.
I pulled the info from their “about us” page on their website, and included it below. I would ask that you check out their site, and see what they’re all about!
“We are two moms who love orphans! We met six years ago as we were both going through our first adoptions (one domestic and one international) … Thirteen kids and seven adoptions later, we are bound together through faith and mission. We love “doing life together” and accepting the call to speak up for orphans everywhere. We want to help as many people as possible to see the 147 million orphans as scripture calls them, “…those who have no voice.” We want you to see YOUR PART in helping change the life of an orphan. Could it be adoption, sponsoring a child, volunteering for orphan care ministry, rocking babies at an orphanage, financially supporting someone adopting, or buying these products?”
Where We Give
Two Families “Doing Our Part”:
**Helping FEED children in Uganda, Haiti, Honduras, China and Ethiopia with each product purchased (Donating 50%+)
**Educating and encouraging families about the HIV+/Aids crisis along with financially supporting several ministries that care for these children.
**Offering Adoptive Families wholesale products to sell (100% profit from fundraising for families)
**Helping Local African Refugees earn a sustainable income from handmade products
**Working with Ugandan women in Africa on sustainable income from their handmade necklaces
**Encouraging other adoptive families on their journey
**Partnering with churches to help grow their Orphan/Adoption Ministry
**Speaking Up For Those Who Do Not Have a Voice
Chasing Our Calling, Gwen & Suzanne
STATISTICS … DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE NUMBER, BUT IN THE CHILDREN !!!!
- Did you know there are hundreds of millions of children worldwide who have lost one or both parents.
- Every 14 seconds an AIDS death leaves another child orphaned.
- Approximately 88 million orphans live in Asia.
- Approximately 45 million orphans live in Africa.
- Approximately 14 million orphans live in Latin America & the Caribbean.
- Approximately 1 million children live in public care in Central & Eastern Europe
- More than 800,000 children pass through America’s foster care system each year.
These statistics do not even include the UNKNOWN children living orphaned both here and abroad that go uncounted, unnoticed and unloved.
James 1:27 “Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for the orphans and widows in their troubles and refuse to let the world corrupt us.”