::Adopting Families:: Please add your blog/fundraiser (or both) links below
::Everyone Else:: Please support, visit, shop and pray!
Before traveling to Kenya, I wrote this post, that proclaimed our desire to adopt a child, possibly from Africa.
The desire came from a deep longing to do something to help the 147 million orphans in the world. The desire came because it seemed like an obvious thing for us to do.
Then, I met Susan, an orphan, while I was in Kenya. I saw what $38 a month did in her life. I knew she didn't belong in America.
I returned home to a wrestling match in my heart and head.
My hubby first voiced his thoughts, "what if we're not supposed to spend $30,000 on one International adoption, what if we are supposed to sponsor as many kids as we can?"
I said, "What if we're supposed to do both?"
We chose the immediate, because it was immediate and we started covering our refrigerator with photos.
Then I read this post from a lovely mother who has adopted and will again. She states eloquently that while adoption is an amazing, life-changing, good option, it is a band aid. It's a fix over a gaping hole in a world that is too poor or too inadequate to care for their own kids. It's not God's Plan A for these precious kids.
In a deep, heart-to-heart talk with my hubby the other night about adoption and our future, he said, "Do you have a peace about adopting right now?"
My heart in my throat, "No."
"What do you have a peace about?" he said.
And out of nowhere, I said, "Returning to Africa. Someday. I don't know how or when......" And we cried together.
Y'all, I have NO IDEA where that came from or even what it means.
Maybe we will be a band aid, a Plan B for a child.
Or maybe God wants us to work on that gaping hole a continent away from home.
Either way, we could certainly use your prayers as we try to figure it out.
I don't know if we'll adopt or move to Africa, but we will do something. Who knows, maybe both......
I believe every Christian should ask themselves/God if they are to adopt. If the answer is no, then we should help those who are adopting! Adoption is expensive and an emotional journey for families. While our family can't personally help every family adopting, we want to help this family. I don't know Tiffany, but she asked me to help. And I feel like that is what God wants us to do. You can support them, too, by buying coffee.
Please come back (tomorrow) on Friday, I will be adding a Mcklinky to this post for families who are adopting (you can add your fundraiser or blog).
Please visit the links and choose a family adopting to shop from, support with encouragement and pray over! I strongly believe that God urges every Christian to care for widows and orphans and when we do something for one of these, we do it unto Him.