Alone.  Neglected.  Abandoned.  Forgotten.  Vulnerable.  This is the life of millions of Sasha & some friends at their boarding schoolorphans around the world.  Most of them face the world on their own, or with the companionship of some siblings or close friends. 

They may find temporary refuge in a foster home, orphanage, shelter, empty home, abandoned car, under a bridge, near the town dump.  These places give them a place of protection for a while, but it surely is not enough to keep them safe for a lifetime.   Many of them still do not have a place they can call home. 

All lives, anywhere, have some kind of risk.  But the life of the orphan is consumed with constant risk.  Who is there to watch out for them, care for them, and protect them?  Their safety is at risk. Each orphans’ innocence, childhood, health,  heart, purity, self-esteem, future, life, soul… are all at risk. 

It’s a scary reality that many orphans face, especially in Eastern Europe.  Even in orphanages where they are supposed to be protected from the outside-world, they may face battles everyday.  Deceptive caregivers.  Threatening and abusive older orphans.  Temptations at a very early age to have sex, smoke, drink, or get high.  Lack of loyal individualized care that causes personalities to fade and hearts to atrophy.   Only hope for survival can be found in a life of crime or prostitution. 

Who will keep them safe?

Their greatest hope comes from the Lord.   He alone can provide the safety and rescue they need.  God’s promises are true, His strength is limitless, His arm is not too short to reach the most forgotten orphans.

God provides safe orphanages and foster homes.  He appoints and works through godly caregivers.  He calls believers to minister to orphans and feed their hungry souls.  He connects locals to mentor and support the children.  He sends workers to prepare orphans for successful adult life.  He equips host families to love these children in a life-changing way.  He commissions faithful families to adopt His precious children. 

Pray these things for the New Horizons orphans and those around the world.   I believe God will work through your prayers to make a difference in their lives!!!

You, LORD, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked
Psalm 12:7