Guest Post: All Things New

I want to introduce to you my dear friend Megan.  We knew each other at ETBU, but we have grown really close post-college. She has one of the most incredible hearts I know. One of my favorite things about her is her outlook. She is humble and genuine and I wish she lived close enough to me that I could hug her neck each and every day! Thank you, Megan. I adore you.

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Hello! I’m Megan and I blog over at {All Things New}. Thank you, April, for asking me to be a guest on your blog today!

I have known April since our college days at ETBU- though I lament that we were not as good of friends then as we are today. It was through some rather difficult extenuating circumstances a few years ago that re-kindled our friendship, and for that, I praise God because April has been a tremendous source of encouragement to me throughout those trials and heartache. April genuinely cares about people. All people- from all walks of life- and if you are a faithful blog reader of hers, consider yourself truly blessed.
April, I consider it an honor to not only know you, but to be your counted as your friend. Thank you for trusting me and allowing me to share a piece of my heart with your readers.

If you spend any amount of time with me, you will quickly discover my obsession passion for the least of these- particularly orphans. Even if I am not currently talking about it, it is always in the back of my mind. I speak about the issue ad-nauseum on my blog and I can only imagine that my readers are secretly screaming at me from their computer screens to move on to another subject. But I can’t. It’s a part of who I am. It’s what makes me, you know, “me.”

To be quite honest with you, I feel like the worst guest blogger ever. I began writing this blog post over the weekend with the full intent to provide you with a through Biblical outlook on adoption: God’s heart for the fatherless. Why I believe the church is obligated to care for orphans. Why our family has been called to adopt. The whole shebang. But I can’t. At least- not right now.

I wanted to give you the latest orphan facts and statistics. I wanted to present to you a solid case as to why we should care for the least of these. But I can’t… I physically can’t… because at this moment I am broken, ruined, wrecked, emotionally unhinged. Forget the “ugly cry.” I am far beyond even that.

As I prepared for this blog post, God allowed me to experience for the first time in my life, a glimpse of the full measure of His heart towards the fatherless. And the weight of such knowledge almost killed me. I fear that a few seconds more would have literally brought me to my death.

There are no words- in any language- to describe such a feeling.

So I am going to do something that I had not planned to do. I am simply going to let the numbers speak for themselves and pray that some of you will take the time to read through them.

{Not a comprehensive list. For more information, Google ‘Global Orphan Facts and Statistics’}

Christian Alliance for Orphans
UNICEF 2012 Report

SOS Children’s Villages- A Loving Home For Every Child

ThirdWorldOrphans.org

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I pray that you take the time to look through these statistics.  This is important to me as well – not because we feel as a family that we are called to adopt at this time, but because I believe that God calls us to be caretakers of the earth.  That means all of the earth. If we are going to be “pro-life,” we must be pro all forms of life — the orphans, the widows, the elderly, the sick, and every person in between. Compassion, kindness, and love is essential to humanity, regardless of religious conviction.
Love you all,
April

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  1. Megan Card

    April,
    Thank you for allowing me to share but a glimpse of my heart with your readers today. I hope that you enjoyed your vacation and that you were able to get in some much needed rest! Love you!

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