I recently saw a statistic that if less than a quarter of Christians adopted an orphaned child, there would be no orphans in the world.
Our family went through the adoption process and now have our son, Yohannes. He was 9 years old when we adopted him from Ethiopia. I kept a journal during our way through the process on this blog – you can check out the blogs by checking out the category “adoption”.
It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The process was exhausting. Physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually exhausting.
If I had it to do all over again, would I? Yep!
If you haven’t read the book Red Letters by Thomas Davis, you should. Actually, you should read it multiple times. And then turn around and read his other book, Fields of the Fatherless. In the books, the author goes into great detail about the words of Jesus and what was most important to him. More than any other populations, Jesus mentioned widows and orphans. Yet, widows and orphans are two groups of people that today’s churches don’t focus on much. Why do you think that is?
I’ve had people ask me if I believe that every person is called to adopt. My answer is: “no”. But the other part of my answer is: “But more people are called than are actually doing it”. I know because I ignored the call for five years. My hubby got it first; I blew it off. I didn’t want to think we’d been called to that. We had a five year old and three year old at the time. The last thing I wanted to think about was adding another child to the clan. Boy did I miss out … until now.
Maybe it’s financial concerns. Maybe it’s a comfort thing. Maybe it’s fear. Maybe it’s the thought of “What can one person do? The problem is so big!” I can tell you in the instance of my son, Yohannes – he might just be one child, but he’s now one more child with a home, with unconditional love and with a chance to be used by God.
What about you? Have you ever felt a nudge in your spirit that maybe adoption is something you should consider? Why or why not?