UNICEF estimates that 95% of the world’s orphans are over the age of five. Globally, estimates of special needs orphans are varied, but using age alone most orphans fall into this category (over 2 years old qualifies as “special needs” in most cases.) Many orphans have some physical or emotional disability in addition to their age.
We will share more of our experience with special needs orphans tomorrow, but it has taught us much about the heart of God. What you learn when you spend time with orphans with special needs is that we all have disabilities as well as abilities. Some of our disabilities are easier to hide or more acceptable than others. The world often sees what we can’t do and determines our value based upon our weaknesses.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
Father, today we ask that you help us understand this truth about you: That you have chosen the weak things of the world to show us more of your heart and more of what you value. God, help us each to recognize our weakness before you. Today, we pray for the orphans of this world that have been labelled “special needs.” We know that in your eyes each one is treasured and special. God, give us your eyes to see them how you see them. Father, provide for them today. We ask for resources, medical interventions, care workers and families willing to welcome them in. We pray all this in Jesus’ name, Amen.