We stood at the Delta Airlines in Dallas baggage claim, waiting for Eric & Charlene and our newest granddaughter to come through the security doors. We’ve been through this before with Patty and Bruce when they adopted Sarah from India. We knew what would happen. We would take one look at Carissa, and we would lose our hearts and be headlong in love with this precious little Ethiopian toddler. That’s exactly what happened! She was beautiful and sure enough, we lost our hearts.
This was a three year journey for Eric and Char. They started the process three years ago to adopt another Ethiopian baby. Tragically, that baby and two other infants were kidnapped from the orphanage just before Eric & Char finalized their adoption. We were all shocked and saddened by this unforeseen tragedy. That was a two year process. They had to begin again to identify another child who they would adopt. They chose Carissa. Her adoption took another year. Adoption can sometimes feel like an extended pregnancy. In Eric and Char’s case, it was a three year pregnancy.
Adoption Is God’s Idea
Adoption is not just a good idea, it’s a God idea. There are 2,000 scriptures that talk about the orphan, widow, stranger and the poor and needy. Psa. 68 tells us that God is a Father to the fatherless. If we know His faher heart, we will also be a father to the fatherless of this world.
The greatest story of adoption is when God in Heaven chose a humble carpenter to become the adoptive father of His only Son. This became the greatest demonstration of God’s love for mankind. It was a story of love, and it was a story of adoption. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
Adoption Is Not For Wimps
Adoption is warfare! It is a battle for the lives of those that the enemy of our soul has marked for destruction. This is seldom an easy journey. Adoption has many roadblocks, and you can’t give up in the midst of the battles. Only the truly committed will win the battle. This was so evident in our daughter, Patty’s adoption of Sarah. Bruce and Patty had worked tirelessly for over three years to adopt a little girl from India, only to find out at the end of the process that she was not adoptable. That was a true heartbreak, but God came through! From that tragedy, they continued on and adopted our beautiful Indian granddaughter, Sarah.
Our youngest son, Mike and his wife Emily are presently in a battle for the future of their Foster-to-adopt little girl. The battle for little Baby K goes on. Mike and Emily and our family will never give up on this adoption until she is adopted. In the mean time, we pound the door of heaven on behalf of this precious little girl with Mexican heritage. Yes, India, Ethiopia and Mexico are all part of our family.
Please ask God to show you His heart for the fatherless! I know that not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something.
What Can You Do?
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