Monday, July 4, 2011

Orphans in a Land of No Freedom

Today is Independence Day.

The Fourth of July.

A memorial of our freedom as a country and as individuals.

A special day indeed.

Today we will eat our fill of potato salad and corn on the cob and watermelon.

We will enjoy the company of friends and family.

We will laugh.

We will sing.

We will celebrate.

And in all of our joy we might forget those who are not as free.

Those who suffer under unfriendly governments that severely limit

every word,

every thought,

every action,

even if that action is one of kindness.

Like caring for the orphans of North Korea

Who are routinely cleared off the streets like garbage.

Locked away in prisons like criminals.

Used in forced labor camps as slaves.

And forgotten.

Please take a moment today,

in the midst of your joyous festivities,

to bow your heads and remember

God's forgotten children.

Those who do not yet know the blessings of the freedom we celebrate today, but, with God's help, someday will.

Please take a moment to watch this video message from a former North Korean orphan who is now fighting for the lives of other North Korean orphans.

Have a blessed and safe Fourth of July.