Adoption? Really? But why?
Those were just a few of the responses we have received as we have shared our desires and our journey with others.
So, in order to clear the air, please allow me to share with you why. Why we choose adoption.
Both my husband and I had always thought about and been open to the idea of adoption while growing up. Maybe it was because we were both involved in church. In missions. I'm thinking it was a God thing.
While we were dating we continued to talk about the idea of adoption as we discussed our future. Then we were married. Adoption never left the table, but it was simply put on the back-burner.
God then blessed us with our wonderful son. And then two years later, a beautiful daughter. During the course of this time, we had discussed adoption and foster care. It wasn't until after our daughter was born that we began to get serious about adoption.
See, we knew three things:
1. I didn't particularly enjoy being pregnant.
2. We were open to continue growing our family.
3. The Word of God and our prayer time were leading us towards adoption.
"Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause." Isaiah 1:17So we began a journey, a journey towards adoption.
While we fully understand that not all are called to adopt a child, we do believe we are all called to care for the orphan.
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." James 1:27We all can play a huge role in taking care of the needs of those who are unable to care for themselves. The role that we feel God has called us to is providing a home for an orphan who would otherwise not have a family to call theirs.
We first began researching Domestic Infant Adoption. After attending an information session at a local agency, researching and praying about it. We felt we were called to pursue International Adoption.
Whoa! The world of International Adoption! What chaos! (so it seemed!) There were so many requirements, restrictions, red tape, so much to learn! After we had narrowed down the playing field to just a few countries (by looking at the country requirements, wait time, etc) we again began praying for direction.
It was then that we choose to pursue Thailand. It seemed to be the best fit for our family.
We believe that adoption is a part of God's overall plan of redemption for mankind. Adoption is at the very heart of the Gospel. It is our absolute greatest joy to be a part of the family of God.
"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved" Ephesians:1-6God, through His Son, adopts helpless, deprived, lost, hopeless children into His family. Our adopting a child is an opportunity to display the gospel to a watching world and make much of Jesus. Yes, our adoption is a way to rescue a child out of a desperate situation. And in that our Father, who has adopted us into His family can and will be glorified.
We are excited about this journey. Our children our excited about the journey. We are continually praying for our child, though we are yet to have a name and a face, we know God knows our child. We trust that our family will be brought together in HIS perfect timing.