Children's Hope International is helping to provide for these children through child sponsorships. Though adoption is the best option, child sponsorship is often able to reach orphans who might never be adopted. The ultimate goal is to bring spiritual life and hope to everyone they serve.
Sponsors can communicate with their children via mail and even visit them to see how their financial support is helping. CHI's Mary House reports: "It is wonderful for these children because they say, 'Here is someone who cares about me, and here is someone who is helping me and my family, and here is someone who I want to please. I want to grow up and do good and be like this person and help my community,' and that's really what it's all about.
"A child can't have those goals if his stomach is empty, or there is no school, or he doesn't have the supplies required to go to school. But when he has those basics, then he's on fire," said House.
Sponsoring a child costs $32 each month. The money helps not only the child but his or her family as well. CHI has work in China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Colombia, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Guatemala.
Evangelism is the backdrop to their ministry, and though outright evangelism in certain countries can create friction, House says, "Jesus said, 'Go and tell.' But He also said, 'Love one another.' We try to share this message by loving all of these children and their families and by showing that love through physical and financial support." Sponsors are also able to share the Gospel with some children through their letters and offering their prayers.
On top of child sponsorship, House says, "We work diligently to support those kids through humanitarian aid and different projects. Education is my favorite one for these kids who are going to grow up in the orphanage."
Interested in becoming a child sponsor with Children's Hope International? Go here.