Adoption for us…

I thought I would take a moment and discuss our adoption hopes and plans. We are midway through all of the paperchase and homestudy with our social worker, Laurie Reynolds.

So maybe you are wondering, why adopt? Well, it is something we began to consider about 9 years ago for some point in the future. We believed we would adopt internationally when the ‘time was right’. Then, Ruth was born and less than two years later, Daniel was born. All along, we still believed that we would adopt, but the timeframe was moved in order to maintain birth order with our kiddos. Finally, Al said, it’s time!

Adoption is favored by God and is even used to picture the relationship we have with our heavenly father For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:14 and with Christ as his co-heir The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-18 .

So, how did we decide on Ethiopia?

No, not by a spin of the globe…actually Ruth is pointing to Papua, New Guinea where Uncle Chris was on a mission trip at the time)

When it was time to begin research, we looked at different countries including China, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Guatemala, Liberia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Brazil, etc. I think all along we pictured our family including a sweet little girl from China. However, as we began the real journey, we realized that God was calling us somewhere else. I began to be fixed on Africa and looked at Liberia and Ethiopia. These countries are sadly rich with true orphans mostly due to war, poverty and AIDS. Orphans are filling the orphanages throughout Africa and I felt the Lord putting a love for the children there in my heart.

Al was less settled. But within a day of my telling him my thoughts, he read an article about an Ethiopian Christian street evangelist, named Tedase, being dragged into a mosque in southern Ethiopia on March 26th and beaten to death by extremist (Waddahi) Muslims because he wouldn’t stop preaching. You can read that article here. I think that article was used by God to also confirm Ethiopia for Al. We have hopes that perhaps someday our son would want to return to his birth country and serve the Lord and the people there.

“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 1:27

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