This has become our family “theme” song. Every time I hear it, I tear up a little. My favorite lines in this song are “I know my God won’t let them be defeated. Every child has a dream to belong and be loved.”
As a couple, Kevin and I believe this to be true. We believe that God has a plan for each and every child who lives on this earth – orphaned or not. 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.” After a little study of this verse, I learned that it was a family’s responsibility to care for widows and orphans, however, if these other family members (or if there were none), orphans and widows would end up begging, selling themselves as slaves and/or starving to death. As Christians, it is our job to care for those who have no one.
We believe that we are called to put God’s word into practice by caring for orphans and widows. We also know that caring can come in various forms – my mom is great at caring for some widows in her neighborhood. She takes them food, checks on them, goes over and visits with them for awhile, etc. I also know of people who financially give to families who are adopting – to help ease the burden there. Many people care for widows and orphans through prayer. For some, that means adopting – being a father to the fatherless.
After MUCH prayer on our part, many conversations with others who have gone before us, and a call to “step out of the boat” from our pastor, Kevin and I have decided to adopt from Eastern Europe. There are many more things to say and I will continue to update the blog as we move along this process, but for now, we ask that you would join our family in prayer as we try to distinguish God’s will for our family through this process.