Lauren Casper » Embracing the Story

Straight into my heart…

Did you know:
*There are approximately 5 million orphans in a country less than twice the size of the state of Texas
*Between 60-150 million kids live on the streets

*One in six children die before their fifth birthday
*One in ten children dies before their first birthday
*Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school; 88% will never attend secondary school

*In the 1980’s one million Ethiopians died of starvation
*Some areas still practice female circumcision
*82% of the population survives on less than 1 dollar a day
*Only 24% of households have access to safe drinking water
*Ethiopia’s doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000
*Children and family are honored above all else
*1 in 3 people are HIV+, the average life expectancy is 37?

Here are some verses that are speaking to my heart…

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress”
James 1:27
“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me”
Matthew 18:5

“He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD”
Psalm 113:9
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
John 14:18

“Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”
Isaiah 60:4-5

Tune in tomorrow to find out why! : )

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