Today one of our teaching pastors spoke about the orphan and God's heart for them. It was moving, and at the end, he had people who had adopted/were involved in foster care/were involved in other ways stand up to be prayed for. Tears streamed down my cheeks as people laid hands on us and prayed over our family. What a gift.
If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that we are passionate about orphan care. We feel that God placed adoption in front of our family and made a way for it. It's clear to us that he wanted us to adopt, and I am so thankful. In fact - I recently got to share our story in a magazine that circulates in NW Arkansas - Peekaboo magazine. A darling picture that Luke took when they were nine months old graces the cover.
(If you want to read our adoption story in Peekaboo magazine online, click here and then scroll down about half way and click on their current issue.)
We do believe that God has called our family to adoption, but I don't think that all families are called to adoption or foster care. God equips each person and family in unique ways and gives us different jobs. I hope that no one reading here ever gets a guilt trippy feeling, thinking that they "should" adopt or "should" foster but knowing that for any variety of reasons that they cannot.
That said, I do hope that you will open your heart to the orphan - whatever that looks like for you. There are a million different ways to involve yourself in this cause. If you can't foster or adopt, but you have resources to give - then by all means - give those resources! Adoption can often be incredibly expensive, and countless adoptive families I know could use your resources. If you can't give money, then give your time and/or your platform. Become a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. A lot of people simply don't know how many orphans are out there.
Our church has a wide support network for adoptive/foster families - something which I am extremely grateful for. I went to a breakfast on Thursday morning with other mothers who have adopted/and or foster, and it was so encouraging. Christie Erwin, one of the founders of Project Zero, spoke, and she said several things that resonated with me. She cited the passage in 2 Samuel 24 when someone was trying to give David a sacrifice for him to give to the Lord. But, David refused the gift saying - No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing. (2 Samuel 24:24a NASB, emphasis mine).
It was a good reminder that things in life that God has asked us to do should cost us something. They will not be easy. Adoption is a beautiful path, but it is not easy. It costs us things at every turn - comfort, ease, money, etc. But it is WORTH it. It is good.
I hope and pray that God will continue to turn people's hearts towards him and towards the orphan. Everyone has a role to play in this, and it is certainly not work that can be accomplished by a few. The job is too big, the need too great.