We finally got to celebrate Christmas with my oldest daughter’s family over the weekend…nearly two weeks after the “big” day. The flu was running through their house Christmas weekend…and beyond.
Obviously, the little guy on the right in the picture is adopted. That’s Jalin. He’s from South Korea. Every time I’m with him, it takes me back to a trip I took to China several years ago to visit an orphan care facility called Maria’s Big House of Hope. The facility is run by Show Hope, an organization out of Franklin, Tenessee that cares for orphans worldwide and helps reduce barriers to adoption. Did you know the births of nearly 230 million children under age 5 worldwide (about one in three) have never been recorded, depriving them of their right to a name and nationality? To give you some perspective, the current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million. The current population of Russia is 141 million.
The thing you walk away with when you see an effort like that of Show Hope is that the need is overwhelmingly enormous. Put another way, it’s frustrating and defeating. How in the world can I help 230 million of anything? The truth is you can’t. You can’t do everything, but you can do something. We are not all called to adopt. God knows I can hardly summon the energy for one afternoon with my grandson! But we can educate ourselves about the need. We can raise awareness. We can financially support a family who needs help adopting (Show Hope, by the way, is really good at this as is Lifesong for Orphans in nearby Gridley, IL). We can provide a meal or help run the kids to school for a family who has adopted… for their burdens can be great.
Nope, you can’t help ’em all, but you can help one Jalin at a time.