Saturday, December 29, 2012

An Old Post Made New, Ransom, and The Reason

As we embark on this new journey, we recognize God's provision.  Only He will bring to fruition the journey in which He has led. 

He has worked through so many people in the past, yet in our humanness we wish we could see the future and how He would provide this time.  It's a little scary sometimes (my humanness talking).

It is AMAZING to watch though...a privilege.

Within the next week we hope to share our needs here on this blog.  We will share the need for a little tiny eight year old boy, the son of our heart, who lays....waiting for us, in a very dark place. 

We have never followed God to our children having the funds.  We will step out and celebrate that God's got this, just as HE has before!

Until then, this is a previous post (currently edited) that is written for those that may not understand fundraising for an adoption.

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"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 a law was put into place that said,

"In order to take custody of your child after you have given birth, you must pay a fee of $30,000."

That is what orphans face every day.

They are, at times, deemed less valuable, less "real" than a child born of our womb. Obviously, this logic doesn't hold water and flat out is not true.  EVERY CHILD is an innately beautiful gift from God.

Like us, many don't have an extra $30,000 setting in our bank accounts. In the current economy, often those that did have the funds, no longer do.

For a few, providing for an adoption is viewed as "less" than other very worthy endeavors. What may not be realized is that we are, like the above example, ransoming our children.

Who wouldn't dig through the earth to reach their child? Who wouldn't do reach for every resource to bring home their child from the hospital?  Are children born in the heart any less worthy?

There is thought to be 147,000,000 orphans in this world. (Actually, since this blog was initially written, the number has grown drastically.)

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


2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. I think it is a great way to explain why fundraising is a necessity. We have just started our adoption for a 10 year old girl from Uganda. I am not one that likes to ask for help, but the good Lord made me realize that I must ask...and put my faith in Him. He will provide.

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  2. Wow! Kat, you really put this into words amazingly well! Love your posts!! We are praying!! (((HUGS)))

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