Posted by: everynation | December 3, 2007

Every Orphan is God’s Gift

davidwebb.jpgby David Webb

When Caroline and I started our first Children’s Home in Kenya, we were frantic about the budget… could we handle one more? When a pastor called looking for help for an orphan, we battled over the issue… should we say yes? I’m embarrassed to admit that sometimes we said there was no more room. That was a mistake. Since then, we have made up our minds that there is always room for one more orphan. Despite the momentary difficulty in taking care of another child, we have decided to agree with God in this: children are a blessing. All of them; this includes the fatherless.

Through the years we have remembered and regretted the children we did not take in. For every one of the others, there was never a moment’s regret. For the child who died of HIV after three years in our Kenya home there was great sorrow but no regret. For the young man who turned out badly and ran away to live on the streets there are hopes and prayers but not a moment’s regret for what we poured into him. They were a gift to us.

The secret is found in Psalm 127. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Scripture does not say the fruit of my womb, or your womb, or your biological children. God actually said ALL children are a gift. The Aids orphans on the streets of Africa… every single one… are gifts to the world. Neither the tragedy that orphaned them nor any sinfulness associated with their parent-less state alters God’s value for them. In God’s heart He sees what He meant them to be: blessings to the world. Their needs are staggering and many societies despair of how to cope with the crisis… and still they are a blessing. And God showed us one more thing lest we be tempted to consult the budget instead of His Word: God will care for the fatherless (more on that next time).

In many impoverished nations, Mother’s drop their newborns in outhouse latrines and others bury them deep in the rubbish piles. Some of those rescued children end up in one of our homes in Kenya or South Africa. When they arrive, the first words we speak over them are “Thank you God for this gift. We give you our grateful hearts.” We agree with God. We disagree with what any one else says.

As the church, we must stand for this truth. When people shake their heads and say how wonderful we are for helping the orphans, we look them in the eye and say, “it is all blessing to us.” And we mean that.

David Webb is the founder and director of the Baby Haven orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa and authors a blog called “World Wide Webbs.”

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