Monday, November 7, 2011

Randsoming Our Children/Fundraising and Adoption (Repost for National Adoption Month Day 7)


"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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