James 1:27 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.
There are orphans on every continent, but particularly hard hit is Africa, where famine, war, and disease have decimated an entire generation of parents, teachers, doctors, coaches, leaders... leaving millions of children alone, without adults to love and guide them. I'm just finishing the book "There Is No Me Without You", by Melissa Fay Greene - the story of Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian housewife who couldn't turn her back, but responded to the desperate need around her by taking in children left behind by the AIDS/HIV epidemic, eventually starting an orphanage to care for both healthy and HIV+ orphans. This story will open your eyes and jolt you out of your comfortable easy chair as you become aware of the desperate situation that is the daily reality for millions of people - moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, sisters & brothers, babies and toddlers - in Africa.
You can help support AHOPE for Children, an organization that provides orphan care and community support for HIV+ children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by purchasing a t-shirt from their site. Click the logo below.