I love adoption. Several of my dear friends and acquaintances have brought children home from 'round the globe– Korea, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, and Taiwan. Other friends have scooped children off of the foster care merry go-round and claimed them as their own. I love it; it's just a big fat hope booster.
But it's more than this warm fuzzy thing, isn't it? It is. As Christ followers, we are to care for orphans. It's not something we might need to do or a multiple choice option. We are to care for orphans.
When my sweet friend, Jenny, announced they were embarking on the adventure, I knew I wanted to put my hands to work. I had prayed for many of my friends' babies to make it home safely, but this time I had to do. I asked God to give me some way to encourage and assist. And so,our faithful Father gave me an idea (which happened to arrive in a moment of selfishness).
God is so good. You think He is going to reach down and rescue a child from a who-knows-what kind of life. And He is. But it's so much more. I mean really. Really. God is going to work in my life through my friend's adoption? God is going to whisk my friend away to places of trust and surrender . . . places she's never been before? Amazing . . . and just like Him.
If you'd like to take a peek at what I'm doing, please check out Pocketful of Rosies, and please spread the word! All the proceeds go to my sweet friend's family to get their dear little Biruk Abigail home. But more importantly than that, please find a tangible way to support adoption. Ask God to grind your heart up and to pour passion on you for those who have no hope. Ask Him what He wants your hands to do. And do it.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." Ecclesiastes 9:10
Note: Once my friend's daughter came home, I sold the business to someone else as a last-push-effort to raise funds for my friend. Pocketful of Rosies is now owned by one young mother, allowing her stay home with her two young children.
Thank you for this post! We have adopted internationally and then started fostering two years ago. There are too many little ones who need loving homes in our world. Keep telling of the need that we as Christians are NEEDED to do!
we have been blessed by your site, and even more blessed by our daughter. Adopted at birth and has been filling our lives with more than we could have ever imagined ever since!
I am new to your site. I found you through searching for Preschool Activity Bag ideas. I was so glad to find the helpful information on Busy Bags. But after looking through your site, I’m even more excited that God brought me here!
God has recently been pulling at my heart and the heart of a friend to really think about adoption and our place in caring for the orphans of the world, and even more specifically for all of the children in foster care waiting to be adopted into a forever family.
Orphan Sunday is November 6. You can check out OrphanSunday.org for a lot of great information about the need, how to pray, how to get involved, and how to raise awareness.
I think what you’re doing at Pocketful of Rosies is SOO cool. It is awesome how God uses so many different people to bring a child into a family.
Sending many blessings and a first hello!
I would love to hear your story if you decide to adopt! 🙂
Thanks for sharing and thanks for the kind words!