Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ransoming Our Children/Fundraising and Adoption


"My friends, adoption is redemption. It's costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him."

- Derek Loux

This quote always hits me so hard. Even more so after reading a blog (here) about the criticism one sometimes receives when fundraising for an adoption.

What if someone told you that to take custody of your child after you gave birth to them, you had to have $30,000?

That is what orphans face every day. They are somehow deemed less valuable, less "real" than a child waking up to your warm snuggles each morning. They aren't though, they are innately beautiful gifts from God. They are OUR children. They are OUR responsibility.

Like us, many don't have an extra $30,000 setting in our bank accounts. Somehow, for some, providing for an adoption is viewed as "less" than other very worthy endeavors. What they don't realize is that they are, like the above example, ransoming our children.

Who wouldn't scramble to aid someone forced to pay to take their child home from the hospital? Are these children any less worthy?

I don't usually like to throw out numbers, but there is thought to be 147,000,000 orphans in this world.

If a pro football stadium holds and average of 80,000 fans. It would take 1,877.5 stadiums to hold the fatherless of this generation.

If an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy holds around 5000 people. It would take 29,400 aircraft carriers to hold all of those who live daily without mothers.

It is thought that the largest city in the world is Tokyo, Japan with about 32,450,000. Orphans would fill the streets of about 4.5 cities the size of Tokyo.

So why does supporting...no, ransoming one child matter?

Because that one child gets to walk out of the football stadium, off the aircraft carrier, and out of Tokyo...and into the arms of love and family.

Shonya shared a very poignant quote from one of her friends today.

"When she was adopting (the first time), she had no idea how she would get the money. Her grandpa called her up one day and said 'I am paying for it'. He said that he would rather know that his money is going to give a child a family while he is alive, than to a car after he was dead."

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"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." James 1:27

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Though our prayer requests have not changed a lot, they have intensified. God has been clarifying some things, but the intensity and challenge (even from ourselves) has stepped up a lot. Can you please pray with us (below) and pray God makes this even more clear and provides a clear financial way. It's pretty serious and we can not only see the momentum building, but the resistance as well.


Prayer Requests (POSTED ON 1/1/11~Please Check for Current Prayer Requests):

*Rolando and Julia (Guatemala-It has been over five years.), AND Junior and Diamoh (Liberia) to be able to finally come home to their families and that these countries open to legitimate adoptions.
*Renae-For the continued transition of their sweet family. Their daughter joined their family this year!
*Daniel (Liberia) and Jeremiah (Taiwan)- for their continued health issues. God's blessings and Hand on them and their families.
*Our friend's (unnamed, God knows) foster son, his family, and all who will make or influence decisions on his behalf that God's will be done in every aspect of his life.

Personal Prayer Requests:

*My husband and I, right now, are asking for a direct answer from God. We are asking for something so clear that neither of us can miss it. This is a very specific situation. We don't feel we're supposed to share all the details yet. Depending on the answer, it may change more than just our lives. If you have a moment (or many :)), can you pray with us. Can you pray for direct guidance and God's provision (there is a serious financial aspect involved too), that we may clearly see God's answer and be able to act immediately.
*We also ask that you join us in prayer for wisdom and guidance (that we can bring God the most glory) in the career field. We're limited in what we can share, but feel pressed on to pray about both these prayer requests and God knows exactly what we're asking.

*Last, we ask that you pray protection against satan's barbs. Thank you.

5 comments:

  1. I think those numbers are good to share sometimes--it brings the vastness of 147 mln to a place where we can. . .well, at least understand how vast it is!!

    And you're welcome to link my name, no prob. You have so many good (recent) posts on here, I'm behind on commenting! ;)

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  2. I love it! If we had to "pay" for our birth children! We sure would do it wouldn't we! And everyone would understand our urgency then! Dere's post is great! Christ PAID for us with His life. Wow! Great post!

    Once after my sister had her 2nd child I looked in the nursery and commented "What if we mixed up all the babies and picked one, rather than taking "our" baby home." Needless to say my family looked at me in horror. To this day they say that my children who are adopted are not my real children. Even my sister who had her first child adopted feels this way. After all these years it really hurts. But that's another story LOL!!

    Shonya's Grandfather is a wise wise man! They make a pretty special team!

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  3. Precious Niece and Nephew, I am so pleased you are accepting another gift from The LORD. You and your children are such a pleasure to be around. I am sure, he will have a blessed future because GOD and you all love him.

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In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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