Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Chapmans on Tragedy, Orphans, and the Call to Engage

Popular Christian artist, Stephen Curtis Chapman, & family have been in the news lately. Many of you heard about the tragic death of Maria, one of their three adopted daughters from China in a terrible auto-accident.

In Thursday’s edition of, Chapman wrote an article called, “OurTragedy & God’s Love for Orphans.” In it, he mentions that there are 143 million children in the world who have lost one or both of their parents. In America, there are some 120,000 waiting to be adopted. When we adopted, we were told that there were some 18,000+ kids in the foster care system of Texas alone.

At the conclusion of his very moving article, he lays down this challenge,
“If only 7 percent of the 2 billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. If everybody would be willing to simply do something to care for one of these precious treasures, I think we would be amazed by just how much we could change the world.

“We can each do something, whether it is donating, adopting, fostering, mentoring, visiting orphans or supporting families that have taken in orphans. You can change the world for an orphan.”
Not every family can adopt. Some have their hands full with young ones already. But some can. Certainly a lot more than 7% of the worlds Christians can.

Begin asking, “Why not?”

The Chapmans were on Larry King Live Thursday evening. Check out the interviews...

Part 1/6

Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Begin asking, “Why not?”


1 comment:

Nan said...

Thanks for sharing this John. We just watched the whole thing. Of course I cried.