This year that letter has created quite a stir.
Why you ask?
We dropped the adoption bomb.
Our joy has become other's fodder for gossip and speculation.
It is a little amusing to me that people will call one of my sisters to get more information instead of just calling Dave or I.
I am a little surprised with some of the questions we have been receiving. Questions that really aren't any ones business but ours. Personal questions.
One of the most asked questions that really burns me is "Why are you going all the way to Africa and not adopting a child from the USA?
I find this question exasperating as it some how implies that an American child is more worthy of a family than a child from another country. All children deserve the love and security that comes from being in a family that celebrates who they are are and there special gifts. God tells us in his word that Christians are to care for the orphan. No where have I read we are to only care for those who live in our own country, town or Continent.
This question exasperates me to the point where I just want to smack the person asking it.
The last time someone asked me this I actually had an epiphany and had an answer that made the person stop and think.
I was so proud of myself, though I must really give the credit to the Holly Spirit, who I am sure gave me this fantastic come back.
As this person went on and on about how many children in our country need loving homes, I very sweetly looked at her and said, oh my goodness, you seem to have a true heart for the orphans in our country. Perhaps God has put this on your heart because he would like you to do something about it. Even adopt one of these beautiful children yourself.
Blank stare ensued. No comment was made.
I read a story recently about how many Christians would love to adopt but the financial burdens of paying for the adoption seemed overwhelming. The article went on to state that if every Christian Church in our country would sponsor one family from there congregation to adopt one child most of the available children in our country would be placed. How fantastic would that be? I definitely think Church's could do much more to help the plight of the orphan. Many would donate money to help a child even if they themselves did not feel they could adopt. Something to really think about.
Our decision to adopt from Ethiopia is, of course, a very personal one. One that I can only explain as divinely determined. We considered adopting from many countries, even from our own, before finally deciding on Ethiopia. Once that decision was made I had a great sense of peace. I knew it was the right decision.
Much prayer and consideration went into the decision. We did not just throw a dart at a map. Months of research and pondering were involved. God lead us down the path to this decision and for that I am so incredibly thankful.
More on our adoption tomorrow.