The Global Orphan Crisis: Can We Really Have An Impact? - Guest Blog at


“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” - Mother Teresa

The number of orphaned and vulnerable children in the world today is staggering. UNICEF estimates that there are some 153 million orphans, but this number really fails to capture the actual scope of the crisis. The UNICEF number includes children that have lost one or both children to death but fails to account for social orphans who have been abandoned by their parents as a result of disease, addiction, or indifference; institutionalized orphans; and street children who may have no birth records and fail to exist officially to their nations governments. 

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Rick Morton

Father to three transnationally adopted children, Rick Morton’s dedication to orphans extends beyond his family. Coauthor of Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care, Rick and his wife are cofounders of international orphan-hosting ministry Promise 139, based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An inspiring speaker, Rick shares God’s heart for the fatherless at many conferences for pastors as well as orphan-care conferences. He and his family live in the Greater Memphis area.