The number of children worldwide who have been orphaned by disaster, disease, poverty, or abandonment.
Sometimes the number is paralyzing.
So many in need and we often just don't know what we can do to make a difference.
Which is why I was so excited to read this post the other day over at A Place Called Simplicity.
A way to help one of the 2.5 million orphans in Uganda.
But it would mean SO much to one of these precious ones who lives on the street struggling to survive day after day.
Here's all you do.
1. Buy a backpack. (A nice one that will hold up for a while).
2. Throw in a pack of candy that won't melt. Maybe some gum too.
3. Add a picture of yourself or your family so they will see with their own precious little eyes the real people who have loved them in such a tangible way from half way across the world.
4. And most importantly, write a quick note. Telling about yourself. Or your family. About how you delighted in shopping for them (because you will; I know you will). And how you have been praying for them.
Then mail it to this address by May 15:
There is a team traveling to Uganda in June that will deliver the backpacks to the children.
International Voice of the Orphan3655 W. Anthem Way, Suite A-109-305
Phoenix, AZ 85086-2599
And I can almost guarantee that sometime in June, over at A Place Called Simplicity , there will be pictures of these beautiful ones delighting in their backpacks, delighting in the gifts they found inside, and delighting in the love that He has shown them through your generosity and prayers.
So consider doing it.
On your own.
As a family.
Or a Sunday school class.
Or small group.
Consider the impact of loving them in this very simple, very tangible way.
And if He grips your heart with it, then do it.
I guarantee you, the blessing will not only be theirs.
It will be yours as well.
"You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving." ~ Amy Carmichael