I told Jamie today that maybe we should not raise money for our adoption of an orphan in West Africa. After all, it does not really seem to be working. Yes, we have had $240 gifted to us for the adoption expenses...5 donors in 12 days. And we are thankful!!
And we still need a lot more. There are lots of adoptive families who also need a lot more. I see blogs of fellow adoptive families pursuing the "ransom" for an orphan, and struggling to raise the money. Struggling to find the support of their fellow Christians in the pursuit of obeying God's command to "look after the widows and orphans in their distress". We are just one of many families trying to find the resources and the help to bring an orphan into our lives so that we can be blessed by his/her presence and be a part of God's purpose for that child.
Very few churches have an orphan ministry, a plan to help families in their congregation with the costs of adoption. Yet most churches have a missions budget. Most Christians are very aware of the need to support missionaries.
So maybe we should call our journey a short-term missions trip to West Africa. After all, we do need to take donations over with us. And we will be a witness to those who see our love for the orphans there and our desire to share God's love with a little girl. Our agency uses a portion of the adoption costs to have programs that help families stay intact...more mission work. The fact that our "missions trip" will have the incredible bonus of bringing home a child? Maybe we should not mention that too loudly, because it seems that adoption is looked on more as a personal decision, as opposed to a command from God...
There is an African proverb made very well known by a former First Lady. "It takes a village." I thought most villages have a church? A body of Believers?
Please, support our mission. Even $5 or $10 when given by everyone who visits will soon become the amount we need.