I have a worship song running through my head today - "How great is the love the Father, has poured out on us - that we should be called the children of God".
I am so blessed to not only have a Heavenly Father watching over me, but also an amazing Godly man as a dad here on earth. And it pains me so much to meet children and read of children who don't have a family and don't get to experience the beautiful unconditional love that parents give. So, today I am sharing a few blog posts and videos of modern day heroes in my eyes, and praying that somewhere today, someone will step out of the comfort of their life and ask God if He will open their eyes to the pain of the orphan and show them how they can help. Personally, I can't wait to be eligible to adopt, and hope to continue supporting adoptive families and orphan care organizations until that time.
In all honesty - I read Katie Davis' story and got a little bit mad at God that she was living my dream life and I was still stuck in school - but His plan is working out wonderfully, so I am over it! ;)
This couple shares their fantastic adoption journey so well - I can't embed this video, so you'll have to click on the link to watch it... but believe me, the passion of this father for his found children is precious to see.
And last, but not least, two posts from some absolutely inspirational women:
Ann Voskamp: A Letter To The North American Church: Because It Is Time
No Greater Joy Mom: made for more
John 14:18 (ESV) "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."
James 1:27 (ESV) "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."
There are over 144 million orphans in our world today. There is so much we can be doing to help them, and today, I call out a challenge to you, to live out the love that was lavished on us by God, and take some time and find a way to make a difference in the life of an orphan. You might be someone who can adopt or foster a child, or maybe you can sponsor one, or support another person's adoption. Find a way - no child should be deprived of love, a family, and secure shelter and food.
Some organizations that you can look into are: Reece's Rainbow, Compassion International, World Vision, International Voice of the Orphan, Amazima Ministries, 147million, Ekisa, and Reunite Uganda.
A friend's sister created this video for the Dalit Freedom Network of Canada, and it is absolutely beautiful and wonderfully done. Initiatives that support education for those that a society has deemed 'less' or 'worthless' are dear to me, as I believe that education is a basic human right and become upset when I hear of populations such as the Dalit, refugees, First Nations, and special needs children being denied education due to societal discrimination. There is so much potential in every child, and no one has the right to snuff out that gleam of interest and desire to learn in any one of them.
One of my assignments this term was to write a personal mission statement, a task I took seriously, and was pleased to find that within about half an hour of sitting down, I had produced the essential aspects I wanted included. I thought it might be of interest to those of you supporting me on this adventure, so have decided to share it here. Now, the main comment I received from the professor was that I need to include how I plan to accomplish these goals, and that is an answer that I am still mulling over and working on figuring out. For some of the statements, they are accomplished through life choices that I am already making, but others are more complicated and require some thought as to how I plan to make sure I practice them in my daily and future life.
Anyhow, let me know what you think!
My life mission is:
Children in a refugee camp in Rwanda.
Over the past year, one of the sayings that I kept hearing was that if you are really passionate about something, it should be visible in the way you spend your time and energy. I thought a lot about that, and as my passion is first: orphans and other vulnerable children, and second: struggling families and refugees, I decided to get more involved in those demographics.
I began looking into orphan ministries and organizations, and the aspect of international adoption. I found local organizations servicing refugees and struggling families and began to find ways to serve. I did a ton of research on these demographics in relation to my international development program.
I know that as one university student, I don’t have any answers, but I am building skills, with which I can listen and learn, and then hopefully, help these demographics in ways that they identify.
I will continue to share about my experiences in these fields as time moves on, so look for those posts in the future!
The beauty of thunderclouds gathering, Germany, 2010.
Hi! My name is Katiana.
I am passionate about Isaiah 1:17 and am trying to live it out in my day-to-day life - and planning for it to become my career. This is a place where I can share my thoughts, discoveries, highlight amazing people and organizations, and rant (when needed).
Some categories of posts that I will be doing are the following:
- Life: information about me
- Passion: subjects I can't stay quiet about
- Beloved: profiles of people that matter to me
- Treasures: organizations that I love
- Words of Wisdom: highlighting writers that impact me
- Simple Solutions: cool ideas that are changing the way things work
- Nature Knows Best: home remedies and other such 'hippiness' as my mother says!
Thanks for paying me a visit!
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
This blog is composed of my personal opinions, which do not necessarily reflect the opinion or views of institutions or organizations that I may be or have been affiliated with.