Psalm 68:5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
Deuteronomy 10:18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.
Psalm 146:9 The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
James 1:27 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.
Our family of five just returned from our trip together to Lusaka, Zambia to serve and love the orphans in Lusaka. Zambia has the highest orphan population per capita in the world. A year ago my wife and I made the trip without our kids, so we have a unique privilege of seeing things from two vantage points.
Last year we had 14 kids to find sponsors for and this year we have 7 kids. This year we were able to see the transformation that took place in those kids who became sponsored last year and find out how their lives have changed. One such girl in my wife’s group shared that while she was beaten last year, she is no longer beaten because she was now going to school with Family Legacy. Previously, this little girl had no value to her family or community, and now with education, she was valued and therefore not beaten.
Additionally, these kids are now speaking English, understanding English, and are more vibrant in just one year. English is the official language of Zambia, but education is needed in order to learn the language. Otherwise, all the children grow up learning and understanding a tribal language with only the ability to communicate it orally.
Every child we spoke to this year loved going to school, and the primary prayer request we heard from all our kids was that they wanted to keep going to school. As far as those kids who did not have a sponsor yet, their prayer request was that they would have the opportunity to go to school. Education in Zambia is a rare privilege for few children in the country, but Family Legacy has created the opportunity to provide top level education for children that are sponsored.
So why should you sponsor a child?
Education – Just like the real-life story above, education for these orphans is a life changer. They become valued in their family and community. The hope that can be expressed in words and stories begins to take root when their educational needs begin being met.
Food – Likewise, as part of the opportunity to attend school in their community, these orphans are given a healthy meal to enjoy. Most orphans of Zambia will eat once or twice a day with the content of those meals being only tea and nshima (a grits like mixture).
Due to the malnutrition of these orphans, they will appear many years younger than their actual ages. Sponsorship allows them to receive a nutritious meal giving them the opportunity to develop physically.
Discipleship – While education and food will provide orphans the opportunity to grow socially and physically, they likewise need to know about a Hope that goes beyond any of our circumstances. It is through these felt needs being met that Zambian orphans can actually hear the gospel without being distracted by their lack of education or empty stomachs. Sponsorship ensures that these children will also be taught the gospel, that there is Hope for life beyond the boundaries of this world through faith in Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, died a death we deserved, and raised to life to live forever at God’s right hand to this day.
Change – Being able to see our orphans after one year has given us physical proof of change. Those three reasons above are not just abstract ideas or concepts, but we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands the actual change that takes place in the lives of the orphans through sponsorship. Yes, sponsorship really does make a difference in the individual lives of orphans and in the communities all over Lusaka, Zambia.
For example, see the following picture:
As the verses at the beginning of this post indicate, we serve a God who has a heart and love for the fatherless, the orphan, and we have the privilege and responsibility to care for and love the orphan. Sponsorship through Family Legacy for one of these orphans is just the way we can do this.
Our family has been sponsoring two orphans since 2012, and we have seen just how transformational sponsorship can be in these children, in our lives, and in the lives of our own children. Take the plunge and allow your heart to love like you did not know it could when you sponsor one of these orphans.
You can sponsor kids at the following links: