It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Friday, August 31, 2012

80% failure rate

Today is August 31st... "Graduation Day" in many Eastern European countries. The day that CHILDREN (ages 16-18 depending on country) "graduate" from their orphanage, sent out to find their own way in a world for which they are not prepared. Graduation is not a happy occasion. For nearly all, it is a day filled with fear and uncertainty.

Every year on August 31st, an entire graduating class of orphans is sent out of the orphanages all across Eastern Europe. Most without adequate life skills, without much more than the bags on their backs, and well wishes to find a place at trade schools. No family, no mentors, no chance for adoption... no help, no hope. Within a few years, over 80% of these graduated orphans will find themselves trapped in lives of poverty, crime, prostitution, addiction, incarceration, or dead (many at their own hands).

Will you please join us in praying for these beautiful children (and those called to help them) on this day?

And if you're interested in hosting a child before it's too late for them, check out Maybe hosting isn't for you. Did you know you can donate towards a child coming? That money reduces the fees for the host family. (Donations made through check or paypal are tax deductible.)

 This picture is dated 2010 because it is a picture of an actual orphan on "graduation day", being sent off from the orphanage with all of his personal belongings to a destination and future unknown.

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