March 10, 2010
EARS TO HEAR is the radio ministry of FAMILIES•BY GOD• For EARS TO HEAR, here’s Tim Glisson.
In 1934 John and Betty Stam served as Christian missionaries to China. On a cold December day terrorists invaded their village near the Yangtze River kidnapping the young couple and their 3 month old daughter Helen.
A day’s walk through the forest earned the Stam’s a mud hut hotel for the night. As dawn broke, John and Betty joined the ranks of Christian martyrs, but Helen although an orphan, was miraculously spared.
As her captors left the infant alive but alone, a desperate search for her ensued. The media coverage was intense. Her rescue took forty days to secure, but when she landed back in the States publicity was so fevered that hundreds of adoption offers poured in.
Helen Stam was eventually adopted by her maternal aunt and uncle, which is correct. What was also correct was the outpouring of offers to adopt.
My question is: why does it take media coverage for most people to hear the cry of the child?
The Bible – the only media we really need heed – mentions orphans over 60 times. God defines Himself as the defender of the fatherless. James tells us true religion is their care. Why do we need the media before we have ears to hear God?
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FAMILIESBYGOD.org. For EARS TO HEAR, I’m Tim Glisson.