Did you know there’s a huge need for families to adopt African American and bi-racial children in Oklahoma?
This is a fact I learned through the adoption of our son. Yes, there are millions of orphans around the world, but there are also children in our own communities who will never have a family to call their own.
Through the adoption of our son, God made it very clear that John and I were to leave the Ethiopia program and pursue a domestic adoption of an African American or bi-racial child, once Jackson gets older.
I really struggled leaving the Ethiopia program. Our hearts were so invested. Many nights I would lay awake and imagine getting on a plane, flying to Africa, and being united with my children.
One reason it was so hard to leave the Ethiopia program was because people seem to glamorize international adoption. Like you’re a better Christian if you go to a third-world-country and rescue a baby from an orphanage.
But what about the children here in the United States who aren’t getting adopted because of the color of their skin? People seem to be okay if you adopt a black child from Africa, but question when you adopt an African American child from the U.S.??
God revealed a great need in my own community through the adoption of our son. (who is bi-racial)
Orphan care and adoption were prevalent themes at SheSpeaks. Compassion International was on site and conference attendees were encouraged to sponsor a child. Renee Swope shared her Ethiopian adoption story. Tom Davis, president of Children’s Hope Chest International, was also a guest speaker.
During the conference, God affirmed over and over again that I am supposed to be a voice for the fatherless. Yes, I’m supposed to (and I do) care about every, single orphan in the world, but He has called me to educate people about the need in the U.S. – in my own community. I am to advocate for the children in my own community who need Forever Families just as desperately as the child in Africa or China.
Please don’t read this and think I don’t care about the millions of orphans around the world! I am passionate about orphan care! I would adopt a child from every country if I could, but that’s not the story God is writing for our family.
I have no idea what God has planned for our family, and even though I may never adopt a child from another country, I will always support orphan care around the world. I will continue sponsoring a little girl in Ethiopia, as well as, supporting families who have adopted or are in the process of adopting internationally.
Adoption is God’s heart! He adopted us and I will support anyone who is willing to answer God’s call to “place the lonely in families.” (Psalm 68:6)
***In a few weeks I will be meeting with the Executive Director of our local adoption agency. I will be getting some statistics from her and will share those here on my blog.