That's a big nation.
If it were a country, it would be the 8th largest in the world. Bigger than Russia, Japan and Mexico. Three times the size of South Korea. Over twice the size of Iran.
It's the number of orphans in this world, according to the latest figures from UNICEF.
It's a nation that does not need to exist. And there is an emerging global movement that is working to accomplish just that!
I just returned from a week in Indonesia with about 50 other representatives from over 20 countries to develop a plan towards a world without orphans. And I believe that, with God's help, we can see a world without orphans within our lifetimes.
When we search the scriptures, we find that God calls Himself the "Father to the fatherless" and the "Defender of the fatherless." He calls His church to action to "take up the cause of the fatherless." He even defines pure religion as "to look after orphans and widows in their distress."
So... what are we to do?
How can we accomplish this right here in Gwinnett and Walton counties?
God does not call everyone to adopt or foster. But He does call some. Maybe He's calling you. People are also needed to support the families that are called to raise these children.
Or maybe He's asking you to mentor a child without an active role model - be it from a deceased father, broken family, or disengaged parents.
You might have some specific skills that you didn't even realize could be used to support a global orphan care effort - are you an artist, videographer, writer, web designer, businessman, or leadership trainer?
Join me this Saturday evening, November 17, from 6:30 until 8:00pm at Graystone Church for an Evening of Worship and Celebration of God's Heart for the Orphan.
Learn about how you can help the fatherless right here in Gwinnett and Walton counties.
To learn more, please visit http://4theorphan.org/graystone.