While Filipe and I are on sabbatical I’m taking a trip down memory lane and going through the archives. Crazy thing is you find things you never remember writing. I wrote this in 2010, three years before we started our adoption process and four years before bringing our boys home. It’s cool to look back and remember that adoption was part of our story all along. Could adoption or foster care be a part of your story too?
Problems. Everywhere you turn they are staring us in the face. People are hurting, broken, and lonely. Children are suffering, orphaned, and exploited. But what can we do? What should we do?
While at the Catalyst West Conference, Kay Warren talked about the problem of orphans in our world. There are a couple hundred kids in the foster system in the United States, and millions of children orphaned around the world.
How should we look at this problem?
James 1:27 says, “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.”
Kay talked about this verse being a litmus test of our faith because, IF we are Christ followers then we will take this to heart and DO something about this problem.
Proverbs 2310-11 says, “Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.“
God is passionately concerned for orphans, and followers of Jesus Christ care passionately about orphans. As Christ followers, we have to accept the responsibility.
Does this mean everyone should adopt? Not necessarily. BUT it does mean we should ask the question and engage in ways to help (“to look after…” ).
Did you know that if one family out of every four churches adopted a child in the current foster system in the United States that there would be NO more foster kids. Go ahead and re-read that last sentence.
If ONE family out of every FOUR churches seems so easy- except we think that someone else can/will do it, so no one does. How incredible would it be if the Church took on the responsibility to solve this problem.
The first step is to ask the question, and frankly, asking is probably the scariest part. What if God wants to use you (and your family) to “look after” one of his precious children?
Ever since we got married, Filipe and I have wanted to adopt. I can’t wait for that day to come.
It’s been seven years since this post. Currently, our lead pastor, Andy & Stacie Wood adopted a little boy from Ethiopia and is currently fostering, our family adopted two boys from Brazil, and our church, South Bay Church, is partnered with Foster the Bay as we strive to raise the number of families waiting for kids rather than having kids waiting for families.