12 Days of Social Justice: Day 4

Day 4: Trafficking and Foster Care
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“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.” – Psalm 68:5

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

Queen Esther is one of the most prominent women in the Bible due to her courageous role in saving the Jewish people. She was also an orphan raised by her cousin Mordecai. What would have happened if Esther had been abandoned after her parents died? What if Mordecai had decided that taking in his young cousin would be too expensive or require too much responsibility? Would Esther have become queen? Would the Jews have had a champion to defend their existence?

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 67% of child trafficking victims were in the care of social services or foster care before running away. Like Esther, these children didn’t have parents who were able to take care of them. They were put into foster homes or left with extended family in shaky circumstances. Many kids ran away from homes to escape physical or sexual abuse only to find themselves trafficked into worse situations. In DC, there are 1,300 children in the foster care system.

DC127 is an organization working to reverse the foster care wait list in DC with the goal of having more families waiting to receive a child than children waiting for families. What would happen if 1,300 of DC’s most vulnerable children were placed in Godly homes? What if the Church agreed to nurture and raise the “fatherless” in this city? How could the next generation and our city be transformed? We may not know the answers to these questions now–but let’s try to find out!

Examine:

  • How literally do you take God’s command to “look after orphans”?
  • Where are the “fatherless” in your community?
  • How can you act as “Mordecai” in the life of someone else?

Apply/Action:

  • Visit DC127 to learn about and support their work. Everyone can do something!
Pray:

  • Pray for God to open your eyes to see the “fatherless.”
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will show you how to love God’s children.
  • Pray for families to foster and adopt children in our community who desperately need nurturing homes.
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