Sunday, November 15, 2009

Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month.

This is a special month for our family because we adopted our oldest daughter from China on November 2, 2004.

People often tell my husband and myself that we are such a blessing to Giggly Girl because we brought her home from China. We always tell them that it's really the other way round. God blessed us with her, and she continues to be a blessing to our family five years later.

The care and adoption of orphans is one of God's highest priorities. I encourage you to listen to His voice on the matter. Is He inviting you to experience the miracle of adoption? Or maybe He is asking you to become involved in some other way. There are multiple ways that we as Christians can carry out God's mandate to care for the orphan and widow:

-Pray for them.
-Give financially.
-Volunteer with an orphan care ministry.
-Take a mission trip to serve at an orphanage.
-Mentor orphaned children in your community.
-Become a foster parent.
-Adopt a child who is waiting for their forever family.

As you consider how God may want to use you in the life of an orphaned child, I encourage you to watch this Videostream of Steven Curtis Chapman and Friends' Live Event, "Orphan Sunday". This event was sponsored by Steven Curtis Chapman, Show Hope, Focus on the Family, and Family Life to raise awareness of the more than 140 million orphans worldwide. You'll hear moving stories, testimonies, and music, including the amazing Children of the World Choir, which is made up of orphans from around the world. I was so glad I watched!

Here are some of my favorite adoption links, which will provide you with more information about orphan care and adoption:

Show Hope

Maria's Big House of Hope Video

The Call to Adopt - Best-selling author Karen Kingsbury's story of how her family came to be blessed by the miracle of adoption.

How to Adopt

Cry of the Orphan Adoption Resources

If you have already experienced the miracle that is adoption or are involved in some other way in the life of an orphan, I'd love to hear your story.


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