But over all of that, today has held two common themes for me.
First, that there is not just one solution to this crisis. Caring for orphans is not just about adoption or foster care, though those things are part of it. Its not just about orphanages and homes for abandoned children, though we need to fund those and be wise about how they are set up and managed. Its about mentoring the fatherless and stopping human trafficking (both for sex and for illegal adoptions). Its about caring for pregnant mothers and providing education and medication for those who are HIV-positive. Its about giving women a way to earn money and feed their families so they don't need surrender them to an orphanage. There are as many ways to help as there are people, and just because you're not called to adopt or foster, doesn't mean there isn't work for you to do.
And second, this issue is so close to the heart of God. Because what we're talking about is not about a cause, we're talking about caring for the very least of these. And isn't this what we're commanded to do?