So Beth and Antonio from our staff here in Monterrey just returned from the Summit of the Orphan Conference. They shared many stories of people they met and we will use some of this information as we plan how we can best serve the orphan child in the future. Let me share some of the statistics with you so you can understand why we are involved in this work.
There are somewhere over 140 million orphans in the world. Only 8 million of these orphans live in an orphanage. The remainder live on the street or a refugee camp or are involved in some type of child exploitation or are living independently and working to provide for themselves. Only 1 out of every 3 orphans has a shelter over their head. Over half of the world lives on less than $2.50 per day. In his book 'Fields of the Fatherless', C.T. Davis asks the question,"If the fields are ripe for harvest, why do we spend all our money on painting the barn?"
I am reminded often that there is much work to do. But I am also thrilled every time I witness a difference being made in the life of one of these children. I thank you for what you are doing to support us in this ministry.