There have been several times during the course of our marriage that God has moved our hearts for the orphaned children. We realized while in ministry that an orphan does not necessarily have to be a child without living parents. There are many children in our communities today that are not being parented and are, therefore, orphans. We experienced this in one community where we served. A single mother was in jail and her child was left without care and supervision. We brought her child into our home for a brief time. It was then that we realized it really was possible to get emotionally attached in a very short time to someone else’s biological child. It was heartbreaking when he was quickly taken away and placed in an unsafe environment. That led us to consider foster care until we learned that our state only allows you to have six children in the home including the foster child. We already had 8 children of our own by that time so foster care with the intent to adopt was out of the question.
God continued to bless us with children and adoption became less and less likely, or so we thought. We never thought it could be remotely possible until our friends with 10 children adopted a little girl from Eastern Europe. Wait a minute, if they could adopt, couldn’t we? We had the room; we had the desire; but did we have the finances? Could we even qualify? We had to try.
It was the fall of 2012 when we seriously began thinking of adopting. We prayed, we crunched numbers, we prayed some more. It seemed impossible, and we questioned whether God really wanted us to pursue adoption. At that time, our pastor was preaching a series of messages on giving. I’ll never forget the message of October 21, 2012. Pastor was preaching on II Corinthians 9:6-15 and entitled his message, “The Benefits of Generosity.”
“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written, ‘He scattered abroad, He gave to the poor, His righteousness abides forever.’ Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.” (II Corinthians 9:6-11)
If we really believed this passage, then we had to pursue adoption. God’s grace and His provision would abound. We would have all sufficiency in everything and an abundance for every good deed. This did not just apply to money. We would need compassion, wisdom, strength, perseverance, discernment, and time. God can and will supply everything that is needed to do what He has called us to do. That is our hope and confidence. And when the fears and doubts come, we can say, “O God, my heart is fixed.—The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?—Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”