I don’t want to be a spiritual foghorn; always being negative toward Christians; always bringing up our deficiencies, faults, and weaknesses because we are doing some things well! As I’ve been looking at and God’s call for His people to care for orphans, I’ve been thinking about all the Christians I know that are fostering and adopting. We have some friends right now who are in the process of adopting a sibling group from Colombia. We have some friends who are in the process of adopting a daughter from Ethiopia. We have some friends who are being licensed to be foster parents. And those are just a few who have started the process. We have a lot of friends who are praying about and considering if fostering or adopting is how God wants them to start or grow their family.
And it’s not just individuals that are getting excited about foster care and adoption; entire churches are getting excited. I recently went to my doctor for a routine physical. He was making small talk while checking my ears and throat – you know the drill. Naturally the “what do you do?” question was raised, and when I started to talk about my role in the foster care system, he sat down and talked with me for about 20 minutes about how his church has grown so passionate about this cause that they have formed classes, small groups, and support groups to meet the needs of these growing adoptive families.
One day I called up the Department of Human Resources in Shelby County, Alabama, where our church is located, and asked, “How many families would you need in order to take care of all the foster and adoption needs that we have in our county?”
The woman I was talking to laughed.
I said, “No, really, if a miracle were to take place, how many families would be sufficient to cover all the different needs you have?”
She replied, “It would be a miracle if we had 150 more families.”
When I shared this conversation with our church, over 160 families signed up to help with foster care and adoption. We don’t want even one child in our county to be without a loving home. It’s not the way of the American Dream. It doesn’t add to our comfort, prosperity, or ease. But we are discovering the indescribable joy of sacrificial love for others, and along the way we are learning more about the inexpressible wonder of God’s sacrificial love for us.
I love it! I love when my individuals and couples and families and churches and communities get excited about adoption. Please continue to pray about how you join in to be a part of God’s story of redemption in the world.