Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Father to the Fatherless

As I'm getting ready to minister to orphans in Guatamala, read these statistics, and God's promises for orphans to connect your heart with mine: 

James 1:27
             Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.


There are more than 143 million orphans and 400 million vulnerable children in the world, according to UNICEF.

By population, orphans would be the 8th largest country in the world:
China
1,321,851,888
India
1,129,866,154
USA
301,139,947
Indonesia
234,693,997
Brazil
190,010,647
Pakistan
169,270,617
Bangladesh
150,448,339
ORPHANS
143,000,000
Russia
141,377,752

Somewhere in the world, a child dies every 5.2 seconds due to malnutrition, disease, or neglect.
16,600 die every day
Over 6 million kids will die this year alone!

Each day 38,493 children age out of orphanages or government protection programs.


Psalm 68:4-6
4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
         Extol Him who rides on the clouds,
         By His name YAH,
         And rejoice before Him.
 5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
         Is God in His holy habitation.
 6 God sets the solitary in families;
         He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;

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