Answering the Call

Thank you so much for all your words of encouragement and kind responses from my last post.  I promise that as we finally begin to move forward I will keep you updated with our progress as we journey toward bringing our next little one home.  Right now, we are still in the middle of updating our homestudy but hope to have it finalized by the end of June.  

In the meantime I want to share with you something God has really burdened our hearts for through switching countries.

Adopting Sibling Groups & Older Children

Our adoption agency, Lifeline Children’s Services, just recently revamped their website.  With this, they have made available a viewing list of all of the waiting children that they are advocating for.  As we researched countries, we referred to this list to gauge average ages of children available in certain countries as well types of medical special needs most often seen.  

Like I stated in a previous post, we believe that Esther and Noah should remain our oldest children.  So on our Child Desired Form, we have marked that we are open to a child, age three or under.  Such a small age range can sometimes prolong the time until you are matched, but we feel confident we are making the right decision.

The heartbreaking part is that we have automatically excluded so many children who are in need of a forever home.  Children who are in need of a family to share the gospel with them.  Who are in need of loving parents to let them know that they are loved and that they DO matter. 

The Colombia program for instance is filled with sibling groups.  These are children who have been legally abandoned for no fault of their own.  Children who have banded together and decided that they will take their chances… either they all go or no one goes.  I see their faces in the pictures, and my heart breaks.  My heart breaks because I can picture my own little girls banding together for the same reason.  They are family.  

I realize that not every family is called to adopt and even more so not every family is called to adopt multiple siblings, but what if God is calling your family to do that right now.  You most certainly can’t just write this post off without even searching for His answer and will for your family.

You may be newlyweds with dreams of a large family, and this is God’s vision for your family.  You may be empty-nesters but miss the sounds of little ones in your house.  Or you may even be like our family, in the middle of all the craziness of life, but God wants to show you that He has this in store for you also.  

Maybe it’s not sibling groups though.  Maybe it’s just older children like the ones that are common in Ukraine.  Older children are much less likely to be adopted than younger ones but are still in desperate need of a family.  It won’t be long before their time in an institution is up and then they are sent out on the street without anything to their name or a clue as to what to do next.  Because of this, many of them end up turning to prostitution or drug dealing.

I don’t know how you can make it work, but what I do know is that these children need a home and that God has called the church to care for orphans.  It is one of the most beautiful pictures of God’s adoption of us as fellow heirs with Christ.  How will you answer the call?

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