Friday, November 2, 2012
Adoption Awareness Month
November is Adoption Awareness Month and Sunday, November 4th, is specifically Orphan Sunday. I love that this day is not only a day for promoting adoption, but it is a day to celebrate adoption.
As Susan and I have travelled around speaking at different engagements for Spirit of Adoption Alberta and meeting some amazing people in the adoption community, we have learned that promoting adoption can be very difficult.
I have spoken to woman in large churches who have started up adoption ministries (advocacy, information nights, support groups) within their churches and yet, they too are struggling with finding open doors when it comes to orphan care ministries.
A friend of mine posted on Facebook this week, her frustrations with promoting adoption within churches. She referred to Matthew 19:13-15. Where Jesus is teaching and along comes a group of children and the adults try to ignore these children and get rid of them. But Jesus gathers those children close and says, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
We will never end the orphan crisis or fix the legalities that surround adoption in countries where so many children need families, but we will continue to fight for the orphan.
I do think we are going to see a big movement within church families within the next few years, much of this in part because of Focus on the Family and their End the Wait campaign.
I believe that adoption is often "catching" and as families see the blessings it brings, more people will begin the process. Let me say here, that the media often talks about adoption being a "fad"... but anyone who has gone through the adoption process, will tell you that with both the emotional roller coaster ride and the overwhelming amount of paperwork, adoption is something you must really want!
I find this to be very exciting, to see God's plan -- which is always so much bigger than ours-- unfold.
I am going to post some photos of my children, before and after... oh, how their lives have changed! Oh, how loved they are!