CEO Notes – “On Understanding Orphan Statistics”
One of the reasons Iâ€™m proud of America World Adoptionâ€™s membership with the Christian Alliance For Orphans, is the commitment the Alliance makes to accurately reporting and representing the need of orphans for a family. The Alliance takes seriously the whole range of permanency options for orphans, including the important need to protect and reunite vulnerable families. The Alliance recently published a paper â€œOn Understanding Orphan Statisticsâ€ which I commend to orphan advocates. It highlights the need for the Church to be involved in ensuring all children grow up with the love of a permanent, committed family.
Iâ€™m grateful for our staffâ€™s hard work in June processing many referrals, including over 20 referrals in Ethiopia! Along with that, weâ€™ve had many staff working extra hours to prepare for the older children being hosted from Ethiopia through America Worldâ€™s Welcoming Angelâ€™s Program. Please be in prayer for these children and families over the coming month.
Despite the many referrals and busy month weâ€™ve had, many families are still experiencing long waits. Psalm 130:5-7 gives us a picture of waiting on the LORD and keeping our hope in the LORD:
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
And in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the LORD,
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
And with Him is plentiful redemption.
-Brian Luwis, CEO