My wife and I have started the journey of adoption. I wanted to share that journey with you that you may hear, at least from our perspective, why we have chosen to adopt. When I was in college, a professor asked if anyone was pro-life and if so, what were we willing to do about that? His question was poignant. If I believed a mother should keep her baby, was I willing to help take care of him. Not that I could help every mother who kept their child, but what about one. I do believe God can redeem any situation and choosing life for an unborn child is hugely significant to me. I wrestled with that question for a while until I came to the conclusion that perhaps I should be open to adopt. When Lori and I were first married, we discussed having children, and she too felt compelled to help a child that did not have a family. We even talked about waiting until our youngest child was 5 -7 so that our adopted child could be 3-6 (as kids beyond the baby and toddler phase are not as readily adopted.) That was 16 years ago.
A year ago, I was reading the book “Radical,” by David Platt. It is an outstanding book describing our call to a radical faith that is not marked by complacency (nor being aggressive or obnoxious – as some associate with the word radical.) Platt contrasted the poverty of the world with the wealth of our nation and insisted that we must choose to care about the needs around the world and not isolate ourselves from their despair. He specifically mentioned the numerous children who currently do not have families. There are an estimated 163 million orphans worldwide. 163 million. That number is hard to wrap my head around. Because of the AIDS epidemic (especially in Africa), there are literally millions of children being left without families. These children can be left to starve, taken to be trafficked, or if they are fortunate they are taken to a family member or an orphanage. The need is enormous and God has made that clear to us.
Nine months ago, we remembered our earlier conversations around adoption and realized that our youngest daughter was seven; the upper-end age we wanted to begin the adoption process. So we prayed. It did not take long for us to recognize God’s hand in confirming His call to our family. It is not too hard to find Scripture regarding the fatherless. Psalm 82:3 says, “Defend the weak and fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as faultless is this; to look after widows and orphans in their distress.” God has led us to adopt internationally; specifically from Ethiopia. We have found an adoption agency that is founded on the principles of Scripture, and we have jumped in! After 6 months of paperwork, we are waiting for our letter from the US government approving us for international adoption. The process is long (a year to a year and a half), but we are excited about welcoming a child into our home.
We encourage you to check out All God’s Children International (our agency) at www.allgodschildren.org and more importantly we encourage you to pray. Perhaps God is calling you in some way to consider being a part of adoption by taking a radical step in loving our world by helping someone adopt or adopting yourself.
This is why we have chosen to adopt, and we pray it encourages you to consider it as well.