The spine-chilling statistics on African orphans estimate that there are 170,000 orphaned children in Mauritania, 710,000 in Mali, 800,000 in Niger, 600,000 in Chad, 1.7 million in Sudan, 280,000 in Eritrea, 48,000 in Djibouti, 4.8 million in Ethiopia, 630,000 in Somalia, 560,000 in Senegal, 710,000 in Burkina Faso, 370,000 in Benin, 64,000 in The Gambia, 100,000 in Guinea-Bissau and 370,000 in Guinea.
Every 15 SECONDS, another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa
Every DAY 5,760 more children become orphans
Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)
143,000,000 Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years3 in an orphanage or foster home
Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…
Every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of the system
Every DAY 38,493 children AGE OUT
Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to belong to and no place to call
In Ukraine and Russia 10% -15% of children who age out of an orphanage commit suicide before age 18.
60% of the girls are lured into prostitution. 70% of the boys become hardened criminals.
Many of these children accept job offers that ultimately result in their being sold as slaves. Millions of girls are
sex slaves today, simply because they were unfortunate enough to grow up as orphans.
This is staggering, this is against human dignity. This is so upsetting to me. These children are just like my 3 girls who are
up in their room, listening to music and loving life. So full of promise, destiny, love, energy, and a future.
I write this because Michael and I may have to look into another Country to adopt. We have looked so much into China and have found the process to be very difficult and the waiting period to get that child, to not be a few years but 5 or more years. There is a back load of more than 70,000 applications to adopt from China and each country is only allowed so many adoptions a year. This is huge. That is why so many children get to that un-adoptable age and never see the light of day, outside of an orphanage.
Since our youngest is 15 now, we feel like we don’t want her to be that old. We want her to still be in her early teens if possible.
So we are looking for the path that God wants us to follow.
Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
This scripture tells me, God knows which country, which child and the path he already has figured out for us. We just don’t know yet, so we are blindly walking seeing which doors are open and which are closed and walking through the open ones. We are currently looking into Nepal, which is South of China and North of India. Nepal has a population of more than 26 million people, made up of over 40 different races and tribes. The two major groups in Nepalese society are Tibeto-Burmans, or Mongoloids for the North, and Indo-Aryans from the South.
So join us in prayer that God would continue to show us his will and wants in this situation. That we would boldly without fear, follow the path he is showing us. That all our worries would be cast away.
Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
More to come later!