Adopting: God’s heart is for the orphan
James 1:27 states, “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.” We hear the messages about God adopting us throughout the Old and New Testament, we sing about it in our Sunday morning worship songs, and hear it on Christian radio. Psalm 68:5, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”
Adoption Diaries, Part 1
Shortly after the birth of our second son we received a burden for the orphan and started to look into adoption. When facing the daunting finances that some adoptions come with, a friend of ours said, “Adoption is God’s heart, if you partner with God’s heart, don’t you think He will provide?”
Psalm 10:14: “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”
Leap of Faith
My husband and I took that leap of faith and since then, adoption and orphan prevention have become part of our heartbeats… and our children’s.
We have six children: three through adoption and three the old fashioned way. Every one of our children (well, the two year old hasn’t given her opinion yet!) has shared with us their big dreams to adopt children. While preparing for our first adoption, my five year old son said, “We should knock down some walls in this house and make room for more orphans!”
When his new sister finally arrived, it didn’t take her long to be able to share her heart for the orphan. For four years, my daughter lived in a large government run orphanage in India. Five months home, through broken English, our daughter, Sova, spoke out for the orphaned and took my breath away,
“Mom, Sova need more kids.”
She scooted on her bed and pushed against the wall, threw down the stuffed animals but grabbed her doll tight.
“Mommy, there are lots and lots of kids at India house. ALL the kids!”
Her eyes bulging.
“Daddy go get the kids. Sova stay home with mommy. Mommy… no presents in India, all the kids no presents.”
Shaking her head sadly.
“Mom, Sova share her jammies! Sova share her dolls! Sova share her toothbrush. Sova share her butterfly wings! Go get Sunita. Sunita have no mommy and daddy!”
Isaiah 58:7 “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him…”
That little girl is now 12 years old and she has never lost that fire. This past year she shared her story in a kindergarten class and talked about India and adoption. She also started a coin drive for an adoption benefit that raised over $1,000.
Acts 20:35, “ In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
In due time, God used this little girl, once an orphan now her daddy’s princess, to inspire us to take that leap of faith once again. We were feeling God call us to adoption once again, and that leap of faith was no easier to take the second time around.