We had the privilege of visiting our dear friends in Los Angeles during their adoption process. They are adding two wonderful boys into their family of four. When I tell their story, sometimes people ask, “but, why? and why two children?… isn’t that going to be hard?…. it’s going to be a tough adjustment financially and emotionally…” But, let’s stand and applaud them and their trust in the Lord, instead. No, it won’t be easy… it will be tough from all aspects… but what is the alternative? To leave them in an orphanage? To leave them abandoned? This family is running to the hard things for the glory of Christ and what He has called us to be a part of. They are putting comfort to the side and taking 2 lost boys into their home. They are making room and sacrificing “things” because of their love for Christ and their love for these boys.
Another friend, Katy, writes (and I couldn’t have said it better)…
“Some say adoption is just trendy right now. Celebrities are doing it. I say- perfect. This is a trend I’m delighted to be a part of. Let’s bring orphans home. Lets deplete the foster care system. If it takes a trend, wonderful. But I pray it goes beyond that.
Last I saw there were still about 147 million orphans worldwide. That number is weighty. But there’s hope, and God is really moving the hearts of his people to care for those dear little ones. And I really do believe that’s more than a trend. I (one who calls God ‘Father’) must consider what it would have been like if He had not adopted me into His family.”
Some of my dearest friends are choosing adoption over comfort… they are choosing adoption over having more biological children… they are choosing adoption over a bigger home or family vacations… they are choosing to rescue the lost which will produce more joy than all the material things in the world. We are all called to have a role in caring for orphans. What is your role?
To see an absolutely amazing video that explains the heart of adoption better than I could have, please click on the video at the bottom (with Kleenex in hand).
This is a photo is what their oldest daughter gave them as a Christmas gift… what a beautiful picture of her sweet and compassionate 8 year old heart. If you feel your role is to contribute financially and bring these boys to their “Forever Home” please visit their blog: http://www.youbelong.net/oakesfamily and click on “The Puzzle”. If donations are made by February 2nd, there will be a matching $1 for $1 from LifeSong.
Take a few minutes to watch this video by Eric Ludy… an amazing explanation of adoption.