This video should break our hearts. Why? Some things simply need to be known. This is one of them. The Still face experiment. What does that mean? I urge you to take just a couple of minutes to watch this experiment. After you have watched it, please continue to read the final thoughts. It will change the way you see orphans (and even your kids) forever.
Here is the link in case you are not able to view it on this blog:
What is the big deal about this video? Here’s the big deal. When you put this experiment into the context of the orphan child, you begin to have a much greater understanding of what they are going through. The picture I showed you in my last post of the orphans in Sudan who had 4 workers for 80 children was a great example of the challenges that are presented in an orphanage. It raises questions like, “who is going to hold all of these babies? Or who will look into their eyes and help them learn to manage their emotions?” Did you know that’s what parents do when they are talking baby talk back and forth to their babies? These children learn at a very young age how to manage their emotions. They read the face of those caring for them. If there is no one there to care for them and look into their eyes on a consistent basis, then like this video, they tend to self destruct emotionally.
There is always hope. We can do something about it. We believe that every church in every community can care for every orphan. We’ve developed a step by step strategy to engage the church in orphan care in their own back yard and around the world in places like Romania. If each church would do something, we could make a huge difference. So, what can you do? Become an advocate. Create awareness by forwarding this blog to your friends. Connect your church leaders with Patch Our Planet. Support our efforts. Let’s begin with the orphans’ interest in mind and work from there. We don’t have to see 14 million “still faces” walking around our countries with no purpose or direction. God loves them and they need to know they are special and that He has a plan for them. Who is going to bring that message? It starts with you and me. I am just a dad who is trying to offer solutions and to make a difference for these kids. Time is short. Let’s give these kids a chance to “get back” with our involvement and maybe our involvement will allow one child or more to have a chance at a healthy, whole life with purpose and meaning. That’s worth the effort.