Adoption is quite a journey for everyone involved. I don’t think there is a clearer picture of God’s pursuit of us, and our own adoption into His family than when we adopt an orphan. I’m so thankful that the Lord put this burden on our hearts to adopt. I can’t imagine life without our oldest son, Caleb, and look forward to the other children He has for our family in the future.
We are all called to take care of orphans and widows (James 1:27). How that looks in your life might be different than how it looks in my life. If you feel the Lord leading you to adopt, sit down with someone who has gone through the process before you and gather information. Pray and seek the Lord’s guidance, and He will lead you to the right place, or type of adoption, and ultimately, the right child for you family. It will not be easy. Adoption is not for the faint-hearted, but persevere. The joy of loving a child and eventually receiving their unconditional love is worth it.
Many people say, “I could never adopt because it’s just too expensive.” To that I say, “The Lord will provide in ways that you could never ask or imagine.” If He has truly put the burden and desire on your heart, He will give you wisdom to know how to make the finances work. It might take time, but there is a lot that can be done. I know MANY families who have raised money through various means…by cutting things in their budget, not taking vacations, selling some of their possessions, selling ornaments, jewelry t-shirts. Some families have had carwashes, community fundraising dinners etc. You name it, it’s probably been done! I have seen congregations get behind their pastor and his wife financially and through prayer, when they see them reaching beyond themselves to bring a child who needs a mommy and daddy into their family. The Lord is bigger than your finances, and He delights in taking care of the fatherless…
Heather Platt is the wife of David Platt, pastor and author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream