Monthly Archives: August 2013

If not us….

“If not us, tell me who will be like Jesus to the least of these?”

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Woooh… Man. Hold on while I get my preach on. When I finished writing the blog post from last night, I started browsing through my old posts. Its encouraging to reread through them from time to time. It helps me see how far we’ve come and how faithful God has been through it all.

That line is from the lyrics in a song by Audio Adrenaline. I’ve heard the song, and even quoted it at the end of our “About us” page on the blog, but for some reason when I read those words last night …… it nearly knocked the breath out of me. God grabbed my attention, and I started typing as fast as I could to keep up with the things I  felt He was speaking. Its a bit harsh, but I know its out of His love for us, and for them…. so here it goes.

There are approx. 147,000,000 orphans in the world!!!!! and only like 2% of us who consider ourselves to be christian will adopt one of them. I’m pretty good with numbers, but even if your not, you don’t have to be to see that it does not add up. Not even close. This isn’t a feel good and pat myself on the back for being one of the 2%…. there is nothing to “feel good” about in all of this.

Theres only 2% of us because: 1- Its a nice thought, but its just too expensive; 2- we would like to, but we wouldn’t know where to start; 3- Let’s be honest we can’t even handle the kids we already have sometimes;  4- It’s just too expensive, 5-…….; 6-…….. Well, these legitimate excuses could go on for days, I’ve tried them all and like I said, they ARE legitimate excuses!! BUT……. IF NOT US, THEN TELL ME……WHO WILL BE LIKE JESUS TO THE LEAST OF THESE???? SERIOUSLY, WHO?

NO ONE.

Ok, maybe a few “good” people. But I can tell you, if we were doing this because we are “good people” we would have talked ourselves out of it along time ago!! If we didn’t have the Lord’s leading and his holy spirit guiding and speaking to us, and encouraging us, and revealing things to us, our flesh would have won.

There has been a hundred times when my flesh has tried to step in and say “What are we doing?!?, our lives are pretty good as is…. we have two beautiful girls…. wait, why are we adopting again?!?…Its gonna be tough, the adjustment is hard on everyone…….” and so on. Yes, it will be tough, but if we “christians” don’t care for the orphans when we are commanded by Jesus himself to do so, why would anyone else? A writer for CNN called adoption “a social problem that they (Christians) have no plan for solving” and that we should “step up or shut up”. OUCH.

We are very clearly commanded to care for the orphans, so, I ask you…. What is your part? Im not asking IF you think you are to play a part… but what IS your part??  There are many ways you can step up, here’s a few: Partnering either prayerfully or financially with an organization (like Okoa refuge) that takes care of orphans, sponsoring an orphan through an organization (like compassion international, or Okoa refuge), supporting other families with their adoption journey (as many of you have done for us! THANK YOU!), open your home to a foster child, or maybe even (gulp) adopt yourselves… just ask the Lord….. though, I warn you, you  may not want to hear the answer.

The words of that song challenge me in the other areas of my life too. I am a teacher, so, I interact with kids everyday. Even though I work at a christian school, the kids I work with often come from broken homes. If not me, who will be like Jesus to them? Or to the lady in the grocery store line in front of me, or the homeless man on the corner, or the annoying talkative guy at church….  ( in a very non-specific kind of example) =)  so….Tell me who will be like Jesus to THESE??? If not us, who??

NO ONE.

 

 

 

*Those pictures are of real orphans waiting for families in China. China isn’t the only country with on overwhelming number of orphans but, I happen to spend a lot of time on the website that are advocating for these little ones. 😉 All of them are listed as having some kind of special need and they are all beautiful.

I-800a and the U.S. “Home of” security

A couple weeks ago we went in to complete the final piece of paperwork for our Dossier. The I-800a.  Yet another set of fingerprints. This time we had to go get them done at the Us Department of Homeland security.IMG_7292

When we approached the locked, dark tinted doors at the front of the building, we were greeted by a security guard. He asked to see our appointment papers before buzzing us in. Then we were asked to put our things through an X-ray machine and walk through a metal detector.  It almost felt like we were at an airport, except, no cell phones were allowed and also no gum. Yep, no gum. I was asked to throw away an unopened pack of gum I had in my purse. I didn’t argue. “Yes sir” seemed like the appropriate way to respond since I needed them to help us complete our fingerprinting and sign a paper to bring our daughter home. In the trash it went.

Now we wait. As soon as the approval arrives in the mail, we will be ready to send out our Dossier!!!! We are getting so close to another huge milestone. It will feel so good when our Dossier is complete. That means the exciting stuff comes next, AFTER MORE WAITING, of course =)IMG_7447

School starts tomorrow so that will help pass some time. Please continue to pray for us. Its so weird walking around and continuing “life as normal” when in the middle of something as huge and life changing as this. We can only do what’s needed to be done, and there is a lot of waiting periods where all we can do is pray. Belle is still “unavailable” at this point. God is in control, and we trust his plan and will in all of this. Thank you for walking this journey with us!