Some of you probably saw this post coming. If you follow this site closely, you will have seen that my family is currently on another adoption journey. We are eager, nervous, fearful, yet confident. And a huge part of the nerves and fear are directly related to finances.
Asking family and friends for money is not one of my top 10 or even 1,000 things I want to do.
“Are you prideful?”
You might say that.
However, after our first adoption process, I learned that I had to let go of that. I’m sad to admit this, but before entering into the adoption process the first time, I looked down on people who sent out “support letters” for their adoption. I thought to myself, “Why are you adopting a child if you are unable to pay the fees?” Clearly, I have been humbled since! In fact, if people were solely responsible for funding it all themselves, only a very few people would ever be able to consider adoption — leaving many more children without homes.
We are sharing our journey with you and asking for your help.
So, why should you pray about giving toward adoptions?
Well, adoption is seen all throughout the Bible: Moses, Esther, even Jesus himself! Not only are there examples of adoption, but there are commands from God himself to take care of the orphan. And one way we can all do that is through giving.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress. –James 1:27
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-
this is God, whose dwelling is holy. –Psalm 68:5
“And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” –Matthew 18:5
“And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world.” –John 11:52
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” –Galatians 4:4-6
God may not call you to adopt. I have yet to figure out if it is a calling for everyone. I want to say “yes,” but who am I to speak for God? Adoption is something I am passionate about. Everyone is called to serve God, but there are many different facets of service. However, I know for a fact we are all to do our part: help families raise adoption support, donate supplies to orphanages, or sponsor a child/family in need. And, most importantly, pray.
In conclusion, is it easy for me to fundraise now that I have been in the process and have learned more? No. Pride doesn’t just magically go away. However, I am taking baby steps and realizing we are simply asking for people to follow the call of God — the call to give and to care for the least of these.
Because we are ALL His adopted children.
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