We Were Wrong {The Orphan Crisis}

by Laura on December 8, 2010

As I begin to enter the conversation about how to help the Orphan Crisis, I am reminded of a post I wrote last year.  It went something like this:

“A Church in Texas ran a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News.  Big black letters, boldly declaring an apology.  No excuses, no requests for money.  Just an admission and a plea for forgiveness.  In the last two years, this particular church has started to mean what they say by radically impacting their community and the world through finances and programs that give aid, relief, education, and the love of Jesus to thousands.

The full-page ad that greeted the public that day stated simply,

We Were Wrong

We followed trends when we should have followed Jesus.
We told others how to live but did not listen ourselves.
We live in the land of plenty, denying ourselves nothing,
while ignoring our neighbors who actually have nothing.
We sat on the sidelines doing nothing while AIDS ravaged Africa.
We were wrong; we’re sorry.
Please forgive us.”
~ Blog, October 2009

And I am left wondering if our generation will have to say about orphans what this church said about the AIDS pandemic. . .

“We sat on the sidelines doing nothing.
We were wrong.
We’re sorry.”

Because there are 163 million orphans, living and dying, on our watch, and I certainly don’t want to look back 20 years from now, to realize that I spent too much time
sitting the sidelines.


I am excited to be blogging over the next three months about the orphan crisis and various issues related to it.  The conversation will begin on the web, but will happen in face-to-face at a conference in Western Arkansas called !deaCamp.  Head over to their website and check it out.  Enter the conversation by

following them on Twitter {@theideacamp} or

subscribing to their blog,

and if you are in the area {or, heck, in the contiguous United States} consider attending the conference. {I would go if I was within a 10-hour plane ride, promise.}

Here’s a video to watch {the most inspirational thing I’ve seen in a long while} and a discussion question to jump-start the conversation . . . .

{thanks to Christmas Change for posting the video first}

What is the greatest obstacle to our involvement in caring for orphans?  Why is it so easy to “sit on the sidelines” and remain indifferent?