As an adoptive mom, I am often asked questions about adoption. There are those I meet who have a heart to adopt but just are not sure how to get started with the process. Others I meet think that foster care and adoption is important and they want to help, but they are not sure how they see themselves fitting into the equation. Sometimes people will share with me that they have considered adoption for many years, however they are waiting until their biological children are grown and gone before they add others to their family. And many other give to children in need locally and around the world. When people hear about the sheer numbers of American children waiting to be adopted, they are moved by the reality and their hearts are stirred with compassion and a desire to be a part of the solution.
My family and I have chosen to be a part of the solution in different ways over the years. We have a passion for the fatherless, and we want to be involved however the Lord asks us to be. On a local level, there have been times in which we have taken children into our home through foster care, providing a loving, nurturing environment for them to be in until they are reunified with their biological family. We have also been a part of fundraisers for families who are raising money to adopt from other countries. Much of the time, God uses us to minister to families who may be struggling as they go through difficult times along the journey of adoption. Whatever season of life God has us in, the call does not cease. Things slow down when a new baby arrives (which has just happened for us), life changes, but the call is the same. As long as there are fatherless, there is a call. And I believe that God has called us all.
James 1:27 reminds us, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. “
Let’s keep seeking God together and ask him, how does he want to use you in ministering to the orphans in their distress?
Will you give of your resources? Your heart? Your time?
You decide. The Lord is calling. Ask Him. He will see you through in this endeavor.
Let the Lord open up your eyes to see the many ways that you can minister to children and families who have gone through much. If you are able to give, I encourage you to give of your time, money and resources. If you are able to open up your home and your heart, I encourage you to do so. Maybe you can start by ministering to a family who has already made the commitment to adoption…be trained to provide respite, bring a coffee, offer to run errands or come fold laundry, come read to the children so parents can make phone calls, or bring over a sack of their favorite foods when times are tight. Oh this list could be endless! Bless others and you bless the Lord. Keep praying, and asking. Take a leap of faith!
**this blog was written for HOPE INC, Inc. and posted at their website, http://www.hopeinchawaii.org