1. Our fourth blessing, second son came to us from Kazakhstan. He was born half-way around the world, yet sometime in eternity past God in His infinite wisdom and love chose to place him into our family.
2. As a believer in Christ, I have been adopted by God into His own family. This is an almost incomprehensible truth, but I praise God for it!
My posts on adoption fall into roughly three categories: our personal adoption journey to get our son, spiritual adoption, and orphan care. I've linked some of my favorites below.
- Our personal adoption journey
Counting my blessings
Adoption, it's personal
- Spiritual adoption
The theology of adoption
Adopted by God
Adopted into God's family
The spirit of adoption
- Orphan care
God's compassion for the Fatherless
A Heart for Orphans
While we have only adopted once so far, God has laid the plight of the orphan on my heart. I love ministries like Rafiki foundation that are dedicated to meeting the orphan where they're at and committed to providing for their physical and spiritual needs. Rafiki is specifically for orphans that will not be adopted, but will grow up to help shape the future of their countries in Africa. Rafiki provides housing and classical Christian education for thousands of orphans in 9 countries in Africa. I love knowing that by helping to support this ministry we can share in a very small way in the mighty works God is doing on the continent of Africa.
We also help support All God's Children International- Ethiopia program and sponsor a little boy in El Salvador through Compassion International.
If you were to add up all the dollars we give each month to these three ministries it's shameful how little it is and how little it costs us. We haven't sacrificed our lifestyle in order to give. We play a miniscule part in the grand scheme of things, but it's exciting to be able to keep up with what God is doing through these wonderful ministries.
I've read that if 6% of the world's confessing Christians would adopt one orphan then every orphan would have a home and there wouldn't be any orphans the world over. If that's true, what a staggering statistic! God has a heart for the orphan, so His people must act. This action can take a variety of forms- adoption, foster care, volunteering in the life of a lonely child, child sponsorship, monthly support to orphan relief/care, prayer. We should all be doing something. None of us should be doing nothing.
There are several adoption blogs I follow that have inspired me greatly by the way the love of God shines through their hearts and lives. I want to share them with you in the hopes that their sacrificial love for the orphan will be contagious. This is something we all need to catch! "Pure and undefiled religion before God is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." James 1:27
No Greater Joy Mom
A Place Called Simplicity
Nations around our Table