Over the years, I've had time to formulate answers to the questions, but I've also had increased opportunities to speak about adoption at seminars and workshops and serve as an associate for our adoption agency. I'm hearing the question, "Where is the greatest need?" much more often now. Honestly, I like this question a lot better. I know the prospective adoptive parents are looking for me to pinpoint a particular adoption program, country, age range, special need etc. However, that is not the answer I give.
When asked, "Where is the greatest need?" I always reply, "A need is a need! Any child without unconditional love and a forever family is a great need!" Therefore, I firmly support and advocate for all adoption. Foster care, foster to adopt, relative adoption, domestic adoption, international adoption, sibling adoption, HIV+ adoption, special needs adoption, etc. - God sets the lonely in families through them all, and it has been an honor and privilege to journey alongside families that God has grown in all of these ways. What do we all have in common? We aren't super heroes or rescuers. We are nothing special. By God's grace, we are entering into heartbreak, pain, and loss but are moving toward healing and redemption. We have all been touched by the great miracle of adoption and know that it is God who is truly Our Sustainer and Sovereign over all.
It is my belief that God simply leads individual families to pursue a specific type of adoption. It is our job to be obedient to His will and direction. For my family, international adoption is where we felt called. We are so blessed by our Ethiopian cuties - Jeremiah & Rachel. In the future, as we still plan to adopt again, we may be moved in another direction. We know our hearts have been stirred, and we are listening. Therefore, we must live constantly in communication with God. What about you? Will you be brave and courageous and venture to ask God what need He can use you to meet?
Prayer - Dear God, Help us to be still and listen so that we may know your will. Open our eyes to see all the needs around us, and lead us in how you would have us respond. ~Amen.