As I’m sure you are quite aware, it doesn’t even have to be National Adoption Month for the subject of adoption to be on my mind.
Most recently, the subject of adoption in
There are many children in need here in
Not all of the children are adoptable. Yet there are many children who are, especially those who have outgrown the infant stage and thus are considered more difficult to place.
We have no doubts that another adoption is in our future. We have always felt that our family would hold 4 (or more?) children, if God allows. I have been researching adoption in
Yet the struggle I have is with this feeling that Owen needs another sibling who shares his racial heritage. This week, we were at Eva’s school and I observed several little boys pointing at Owen and laughing. I’m sure they were just being silly, not necessarily unkind. The boys were all shades of brown – some Chilean, some Korean, some American. But Owen still stood out from the group, and I know that is how it will be his entire life here in
So I struggle to know … what is best … what does God want us to do … if we were to pursue an African adoption, how in the world would we and could we from this corner of the earth and on a missionary’s salary? Unfortunately, there are those who feel like spending money on an adoption while being supported to serve God overseas is irresponsible (but when has walking in obedience to God’s commands, in this case those regarding orphans, ever been irresponsible?) Then I consider how adopting a Chilean child will be such a wonderful relational bridge between us and the people of this beautiful country, and how it is something I have dreamed of since I was a child. And so the “struggle to know” continues.
I am thankful for my husband, who is truly my best and most level-headed friend, who allows me to bounce all of these thoughts off of him without getting sucked into my emotional confusion! (: And I am thankful for those who care enough to pray for us in this area outside of our other ministry concerns … for even as I remind others that “You Are God’s Plan for the Orphan,” I too am seeking to know what that looks like in my own life, today, here in the wonderful country of Chile!