Friday, May 31, 2013

Why Democratic Republic of the Congo?

The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world, and is the poorest country in Africa! In the Democratic Republic of Congo they have one of the worst orphan situations in the world! 15% of the Democratic Republic of Congo's under 18 population are orphans. That means that one out of every four children are orphaned! Many of these children end up caring for younger siblings or family members, or being institutionalized. This is in a country where life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and living standards are ranked in bottom place of all countries in the world. Many of these children are orphaned due to aids; however the overwhelming majority are orphaned due to poverty.  One in five children die before the age of five– a quarter of them before they’re a month old.Malnutrition is one of the leading causes of the high rate of child deaths. 75% of the orphans are boys.
So,  here we are; four adoptions under our belt, KNOWING we were done adoption because our family is complete, going to the poorest nation in the world to give one child a hope and a future.
Please pray with us as we take this journey.  This is not a perfect program--not many are--but we are trusting that God knows what He is doing.