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I am adopted

Posted on: January 26, 2010

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)

I am not adopted in the earthly sense. But, I have been adopted as a child of God. And that right there means so much. Just thinking about what it means to adopt a child – to choose to love and care for another as your own – makes me humbled. Before I ever graduate high school, I thought about adoption as an option for my future family. Yet, truth be known, my attitude towards adoption in the last several years has been very close-minded. While I think adoption is not only good, but necessary, I am not sure I, personally, could ever adopt. I’d even go so far as to say “it’s not my calling”.

Then the other day, I read a post by Jon Acuff over at Stuff Christians Like, that hit me to my core. It might not be in God’s plan for us to ever have adopted children, but it is His plan for me to be “called to that”. It is my role, my calling, as a Christ follower, to love orphans and care for them, the same way Christ loves and cares for me. My heart needs to be open to orphans even if it’s not through adoption. I read in World Magazine twenty different ways to impact an orphan. I won’t list all twenty, but here are a few that impressed me:

1. Sponsor a child

We’ve all probably seen those “Sponsor a Child” commercials. They pull at my heart strings every time I see them. And for good reason. These children need help. They need food, shelter, clothing. They need love. Since the Haiti Earthquake, I’ve been praying more about sponsoring a child. Even if not a Haitian, then another child who needs our help.

2. Give financial support to an adoptive family

This one hits pretty close to home. We have several friends who have either adopted, or wish to adopt. While I don’t know the exact cost for the process, I know it’s expensive. Like crazy expensive. Giving them financial support would be huge – not only in achieving their goal, but in showing you support and love them and their child(ren).

3. Participate in mission trips to orphanages abroad

I love this idea. I love the idea of my entire family going. I want my children to have a heart for those around them. I think seeing other children with nothing, or close to nothing, would move us all to want to help in any way we can.

What are your thoughts? Do you want to adopt? Have you ever adopted?

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6 Responses to "I am adopted"

Sarah,

A family from our church, The Grimes adopted their son from Ethopia and found out about a wonderful program called Yezelalem Minch. It is about sponsering AIDS kids in Ethiopia whose parents have died from AIDS. The program allows for the child to stay with an extended family member instead of an orphanage. The money goes to the organization who sees to it that the child gets the clothes, school supplies, etc. There is more info at http://www.parkviewchurch.org/contents/index.php?page=safe

Just if you are interested. I know Compassion International is great just thought I would throw this one out 🙂 It is $30 a month!

We want to adopt! The main reason we have no babies at our house or in the oven right now is because we want to pay off our debt and start saving to adopt. I’ve always wanted to have kids, but at some point I realized that it was the kid part was more important to me than the pregnancy part. I also know that my kids are going to hear the gospel and that many children in many parts of the world won’t. So, if I “replace” a few biological children with a few adopted children, someone might get to be with Christ who wouldn’t have even heard of him otherwise. That’s exciting to me, and worth some sacrifice. However, considering the effort it is for me not to covet ALL pregnant women EVERYWHERE, I still hope to have at least one biological baby. Thanks for posting this. It’s an encouragement to know that other people in our local church are concerned with orphans and will be supportive when we can move in that direction!

Mike and I also hope to adopt one day in addition to having biologically children. Adoption is not a possibility right now given where we are financially, but we are definitely open to adoption whenever God puts it into place. Where my heart struggles is thinking about exactly which children to adopt and from where. I know that one of the most affordable ways is to become foster parents and adopt through that, but multiple issues with the foster system make me nervous about that route. This challenged my thinking to be open to God’s plan whatever that may be and trust that he will provide (financially, mentally, spiritually) for whatever situation.

adopted for Life is a book i just got in the mail! our friends zach and kim, who have adopted, said it’s amazing!
we are in the process of adopting after putting it on pause while i was pregnant with anna! so excited!

Sarah- I have been following a blog of some missionaries in Haiti and apparently UNICEF is making it difficult for adoptions that were already in place prior to the earthquake to be completed. Here are a couple links. I think that one way of supporting orphans would be making our voices heard to our representatives that this is not right and we need to be taking action.

http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/2010/01/anger-should-equal-action.html

http://thehowertons.blogspot.com/2010/01/prayers-for-ronel.html

[…] I mentioned a while back about Jon Acuff over at Stuff Christians Like. He recently released a book, aptly named Stuff […]

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