Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Final Day of Thanks

Last, but certainly not least, I am so extremely thankful for the gift of adoption.  There are estimated to be 150 million orphans around the globe.  To give you an idea of how many that is,   

If every orphan (approximately 143 million) held hands & you drove past each 1 at 60 mph nonstop (1,700 each mile) It'd take 2 months to reach the end.

I cannot even begin to fathom that.  Can you imagine your sweet child not having a home, an identity, a family?  What happens to these kids if they don't get adopted?  Where do they go?  What do they end up doing?  How do they survive without support and encouragement?  Will they ever know that they are precious in His sight? 

Our adoption will not save the world, but it will give 1 of these orphans a family.  It will let one of these children feel love.  It will make one little family complete.  It will give us one more child to encourage and to raise in a home where he will learn to follow Christ.  

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
Isaiah 1:17

When we started this adoption process it seemed impossible.  We didn't have the funds, the paperwork seemed completely draining, we didn't have the biggest support system and we knew this would be the most emotionally draining obstacle we have yet to face.  3 months in and the funds have appeared as we have needed them, the paperwork is almost complete and we are #15 on the waiting list for an infant boy in Ethiopia.  We still have a long road to travel, $20,000 to come up with and I'm sure a lot of stress.  When we make that second trip to Ethiopia and pick up sweet Silas from his orphanage,  we will look back on these days and thank God for providing everything we needed along the way to bring our precious boy home.

I am so, so thankful that God placed adoption on my heart!

1 comment:

  1. I think that's probably the biggest "thanks" I have this Thanksgiving - we are always taken care of. I'm enjoying your blog and look forward to the journey with you guys. :)


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