Last week, I shared with you Grace’s story and how her uncle wanted to pull her out of school and marry her off. Grace, her siblings and mother were dependent on him for support. He decided to use that to get his way. He told Grace’s mother: “I won’t support you any more. Go back to your father’s house and send your children away to the orphanage, then!” When Grace’s mother still refused to allow her daughter to drop out, he beat this brave widow. Continue reading
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Is 1:17, ESV)
The other day I was talking to a colleague about what the best expression of God’s heart for the orphan in Egypt. I mentioned Isaiah 1:17, “bring justice to the fatherless.” My colleague intrigued me by replying, “It’s just that justice sounds so harsh, like a courtroom. But when you hear “orphan,” it brings up a caring kind of feeling.” Orphans from the poorest households in Egypt surely can find themselves in desperate need of basic help and care, but what does justice have to do with it? She really hit on a sense that I realized many share.
So what does justice have to do with being orphaned?
The Better Life Concert in Toronto on August 25, 2012, drew some 2,200 people to praise and worship God, and to hear about his heart for the fatherless. It was the largest event in Coptic Orphans history. Continue reading