I'M ADOPTING! (& WHY IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE) September 03 2014, 0 Comments
It's true! I'm adopting a child from South Africa and I am overjoyed!! I realize that this could come as a shock to some, but it shouldn't. Here's why...
Did you know that there are 157 million documented orphans in the world today? And 15 million children have been orphaned in sub-saharan Africa by AIDS alone.
WHY INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION?
Although I firmly believe that our global "first priority" should be to keep every family intact-- and when that fails, the second goal should be to keep a child in his or her own country/culture -- the present orphan crisis calls for more extreme action. Literally millions of orphans are living with (and dying from) treatable diseases, malnutrition, abuse and neglect. There simply aren't enough local organizations or families who can provide adequate care for all of these children.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, I am asked to "take care of the orphans and widows in their distress." There is no qualifier on that statement--I am not exempt because I'm single. For a long time, I have been giving financially to organizations that are working with orphans and vulnerable children and I will continue to do so. But, in the last several months my heart has been overtaken by the desire to do more.
AND HERE'S THE HONEST TRUTH...
Although I do believe I have a responsibility to help, I am not motivated by pity or duty. It's love and hope that lead the way. I cannot wait to be a mom. I am at the beginning of this process and I am already more emotionally ready than I have ever been ...more compassionate, more sensitive, more aware of God's work in my life. I know he is preparing me for this extremely challenging yet endlessly rewarding phase of adoption and motherhood.
I have no doubt that international adoption is the right decision for me.
In order to offset the (rather daunting) costs of international adoption, I have started a coffee company called CHASING MERCY. If you are interested in GREAT coffee, hand-roasteded by yours truly, check it out through the links above. Or just click here. If you'd like to make a tax deductible donation, click here instead.
I will be posting more in the coming weeks about my decision, what the future holds and my progress. (For those of you who are familiar with the adoption process, I'm nearing the end of the Home Study phase).
If you have any questions, please send them my way! For now, I'll leave you with this...
"And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, LOVE MERCY & walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8