It can seem daunting. There are more than 100 million orphans in the world. Every 18 seconds, another child becomes an orphan. Those are scary numbers, and they are sad numbers.
But you cannot let the immensity of the crisis numb you. Inaction and apathy are the enemies of progress. We believe there is hope for children around the world, and we need you to believe that, too.
Here are four stats that will give you hope about the orphan crisis.
More than 7,000 families in the United States adopted last year.
Last year, more than 7,000 families in the United States grew their family through the process of adoption. More than 7,000 children came to know the love of a family. Whenever one child is welcomed into a family, it is reason for massive celebration. How much more should we rejoice for more than 7,000!
81.5 Million people consider adoption each year.
Every year, 81.5 million Americans consider adoption, but less than one in 500 actually do. Why is this a hopeful statistic? Because the soil is fertile. People want to bring children home. Many decide not to because of the many barriers that exist in the adoption process. That means the more barriers we can help break down, the more people of that 81.5 million will follow through and welcome a child home.
Show Hope has helped over 5,000 children come home to a family.
Since Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman founded Show Hope in 2003, we have helped over 5,000 children know the love of a family. That’s more than one child per day over the course of 13 years!
There are 2.2 billion Christians in the world.
Followers of Jesus are inspired by his life, directed by his words, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Though the Church is not perfect — certainly, we are far from it! — it is set apart. With this many people in the world confessing faith in Christ, we should feel hopeful about the movement to care for orphans. God’s command to care for the orphan and the widow is clear, and the movement is 2.2 billion strong!
These stats are big-picture. If numbers like this make your head spin, just think of kids like Kensley, whose miracle story has inspired so many. It’s important to look at the orphan crisis as a whole, but we must also remember that every number represents an individual.