7.16.09 "ORPHANS DESERVE BETTER" CAMPAIGN TAKES ON WARNER BROS FILM ORPHAN
Washington, DC, June 26, 2009—A coalition of more than fifty organizations that serve and advocate for orphans on Friday launched a national grassroots campaign titled “Orphans Deserve Better” to counter Warner Bros’ summer horror movie, Orphan.
“The movie Orphan does no favors for the boys and girls who share its name,” said Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. “Organizations, advocates and ordinary citizens have every reason to raise a respectful but firm counter voice—orphans deserve better than the messages this film conveys.”
Orphan advocates are concerned Orphan will feed perceptions that children who’ve lost their parents are oddities or worse, while also reducing chances they will be received into permanent families through adoption. Meanwhile, movie reviews describe Orphan as the “anti-adoption horror film of the year”—sure to “scare prospective parents from ever adopting.” The controversy has prompted Warner Bros to remove its most inflammatory line from the trailer, but the movie is sure to stir more debate when it is released on July 24.
The website www.OrphansDeserveBetter.Org serves as a hub for the campaign, which supporters explain is intended not to “bash” Warner Bros but to educate and stir response to the needs of orphans.
Individuals are invited to join the campaign in a range of ways. The site enables families and individuals to post their own stories, pictures, blogs and videos that “tell a truer story” than the movie Orphan. The personal accounts show with real-life color that, although sometimes requiring sacrifices, serving orphans brings the kind of joy not found anywhere else.
The site also offers practical steps ordinary people can take to help orphans. In addition, individuals can sign a letter to Warner Bros, urging that a portion of profits from the movie be used to help orphans.
“This campaign is just one small way to answer the prophet Isaiah’s call to ‘Defend the cause of the fatherless,’” said Scott Hasenbalg of Show Hope. “We do want to stand up to the distortions portrayed in Orphan, but even more important is to harness this opportunity to enable Christians to live out their mandate to care for orphans in both word and deed.”
Really? They pay these people millions, and no one can come up with a better theme for a horror movie? The enemy already plays on all kinds of fears people have concerning adoption, and there is no doubt in my mind that this is just another one of his tactics. Take a moment to visit these links, sign the petition against this movie, and repost to educate others.
Also, go read this great BLOG POST by Nick Lyndon from Steven Curtis Chapman's Show Hope organization.
PS- Click on the picture to see a bigger, clearer version where you can actually read it!
JUST FINISHED IT:
As We Forgive Based on personal interviews and thorough research, As We Forgive returns to the boundary lines of genocide’s wounds and traces the route of reconciliation in the lives of Rwandans—victims, widows, orphans, and perpetrators—whose past and future intersect. We find in these stories how suffering, memory, and identity set up roadblocks to forgiveness, while mediation, truth-telling, restitution, and interdependence create bridges to healing. The result is a narrative that breathes with humanity and is as haunting as it is hopeful.
I am only about 1/3 of the way through this book but so far, it is amazing. So far, I have read almost every chapter watery vision... through eyes filled to the brim with tears. This book is a wake up call, a call to action, and a cry of hope for Christians to answer the cries of poverty, despair, and death. Amazon Link
Have you ever wondered if we're missing it? It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrifi cing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.Whether you've verbalized it yet or not.we all know something's wrong.Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts-it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything. Amazon Link
NEXT UP (2):
There Is No Me Without You This is the remarkable story of Mrs. Haregewoin Teferra, a middle class Ethiopian widow whose home became a refuge for hundreds of AIDS orphans, and about a few remarkable children who moved through her life.
I cannot wait to read this one! This woman was truly remarkable, selfless and everything that Micah 6:8, James 1:27, and Matthew 25:35-36 talk about. Mrs. Haregewoin just went to be with the Lord in this past year, but her life and legacy lives on in the many children whose lives she forever changed. Amazon Link
Ok, so now its your turn....what are you reading this summer? What do you want to read? What have you read, etc etc. I'm always on the lookout for good books that people recommend. So either post it on your blog and let me know, or just leave me a comment here! :-)
My birthday was yesterday and it was wonderful! Sean and I had dinner at Panera Bread (my favorite!) then came home and watched a Harry Potter movie (in preparation for the new movie coming out next week!!). For my birthday, he bought me an awesome set of wooden bowls & stands from the Philippines when he was there earlier this year... he kept them a secret for MONTHS! I was impressed. They're beautiful... I'll post pictures once I download them from my phone.
This past Sunday, we went to downtown Fresno where our college students are living and serving for several weeks this summer. Fresno has some of the poorest areas in the nation, and they are down there making a difference. After going to an evening service at Cornerstone(awesome!), we went out to dinner and talke and got to know them. It was so much fun! I'm really excited for what God is doing through them and the seeds that are being planted in the students, as well as in the people whom they are encountering.
Several verses have been rolling around in my head and making their way to my heart in these past few weeks... just thought I'd share:
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
1 John 4:16 & 18-19
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. ... 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.
Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.
They may seem sporadic and unrealted to you, but to me, they fit perfectly into the tapestry that is currently being woven in my heart.
So, that's all for now. We have a busy weekend ahead of us! Our a/c broke last night, so we have no air conditioning in our house! The guy can't come out to look at it until Monday!!! Yikes!
(Where the reporter sounds like she is saying "wonder" she is really saying "Rwanda")
Rwanda celebrated 15 years of Liberation, and America celebrated 233 years for Freedom. (The only two countries in the WORLD who share the same day of their freedom celebration) One thing I know for sure is that no words can describe the feeling of "freedom." And I am so greatful for the true freedom that we have in Christ. Both our country and Rwanda's freedom come from the One who is truly able to set us free, and who has freed us from the bonds of sin. We have so much to be thankful for on this July 4th, but its important to remember that we are not the only one celebrating freedom. It is also important to remember and pray for those who do not yet know freedom... whether it be spiritual freedom from sin, or physical freedom from some kind of oppression, God is the God who sets us free!
"The day came when the risk to stay tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -Anais Nin
Rumor has it, there's going to be a Michael jackson tribute show in El Lay.... you better believe I wanna be there!!!!!!!