I wanted to update you about the current need at your child's
orphanage. I received word today that they are currently out of food.
Because adoptions were on hold in Liberia for about 7 months at the
beginning of the year, there was a drastic decrease in orphanage
support that comes from the adoption fees. As you know, there is a$3000 orphanage support fee that is part of your adoptions. (This fee
decreases by $1000 for a second adoption and by another $1000 for a
third adoption.) These fees are paid in part when an adoptive
family's dossier goes to Liberia and then the rest is paid at the endof the adoption. At this time, the effect of the hold is being felt.
At the same time, a sponsorship program that has been in place forthe children here in the US has dwindled in sponsors, so that less than half of the children are sponsored at this time. Work is being done on a sponsorship website that should be up and running in about two weeks that should help with this need. The website and this part of the sponsorship program will be run through Christian Adoption Services, and the money that is contributed will be sent monthly for the orphanages.
At this time, enough money is being wired to Liberia to make sure that they children have food over the next few weeks. There is also a container of food that is on its way to the port in Liberia and should be available to the children sometime mid-December.
I wanted to let you all know this, so that you can pray and be informed about the situation. I don't want to create fear in any of you. Know that the caretakers at the orphanages are doing their best to take care of your children under difficult circumstances. We at CAS are doing what we can to secure funds and help create long term solutions. We are wiring $1000 for food today.
It is so easy for me to take for granted the fact that we had food today... more than enough... that we have pillows and blankets and clothes and someone to hug us when we need to hugged. It is not so with everyone... please pray for all the children who go without the things that we have in abundance... wherever they live around the world. Ask the Lord to move in us, his people, to reach out and rise up, and do what is needed to show his love, compassion and care to those He came to save.
When Angel gets me the link for sponsoring children... I will pass it on here in case anyone is interested.