As some of you may know I used to work for an agency which helped people become foster and adoptive families. My glorifying job was to license the families and to offer support to them during the initial process and thereafter. I thoroughly enjoyed this job. I met many amazing families and friends along the way. Some of the people I had met I am still friends with today! One of those families is very dear to my heart and I was so very blessed to be a part of their large family. Once they because licensed foster/adoptive parents a sibling group of four was placed with them and to make a long complicated story short they ended up adopting all four beautiful children and then they were blessed with two more biological (with some assistance) babies in which one beautiful little baby girl is with our good Lord in Heaven. And to keep making the story “grow” they adopted an adorable little boy. One amazing couple that was unable to produce a family is now living in a very large house with six beautiful gifts from God. There are so many others that are in this same situation. Please take the time to pray for the parents out there are so desperately want a family of their own. God knows the trials they face and will be there to comfort them!
As you can see adoption holds a special place within me and I will support anyone I can in their journey to adopt . With that said today I have a guest post from a friend who also supports adoption. Sunu Philip from Clothed In Scarlet shares a wonderful post below…
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is
this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep
oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27
This is one Bible verse that God keeps bringing back to mind very often.
It’s not one I’m comfortable with, but God keeps drawing my attention to it. We think we’re doing our part as good Christians – we pray, we read the Bible daily, we go to church, we even take the time to teach our kids about God’s love. Oh yes, and we also pay our tithes and contribute to missions work around the globe.
But James is quick to remind us of what true religion is all about: taking care of the widows and the orphans.
God has always stood for the cause of the weak, the hungry, the sick, the disabled – essentially those who are not able to take care of themselves. And while most widows are self-sufficient, or have family to rely on, that’s not the case with orphans. They have practically no one to turn to. Here in India, we hear stories in the news of infants left in the dumpster, or by the roadside. It’s saddening to hear such things, but it’s even worse when we don’t do anything about it.
I believe God calls each of us to support orphans in some way or the other. I wonder what would have happened to the story of Esther if Mordecai hadn’t taken care of her when she was left without parents. Every child on this earth has a God ordained destiny, and God gives us the privilege to be a part of that, sometimes.
While some infants are without parents, there are many more who are considered unwanted, unloved, and a burden. There are a growing number of babies who are put up for adoption because their birth parents are not in a position to care for them. I admit, not all of us are called to adopt. But all of us can be of support, in some small way or the other.
Today I’d like to share with you a cause that is very dear to my heart. My friend Mandy Kelly, is in the process of adopting a baby, and I’m blessed to be able to support her in this.
Would you take a few minutes to check out her donation page, and give as the Lord leads?
Her latest update is that they need $1,500 to move on to the next stage of adoption. Every little bit counts. I encourage you to consider making a small donation to bless the Kelly family in their adoption. And as a token of my appreciation, here is a small book of adoption quotes that I created for anyone interested in the Kelly adoption. Do feel free to share it with a family or friend who has adopted, or is in the process of adoption.
You can download The Little Book of Adoption Quotes here http://www.marriagemotherhoodandmissions.com
School teacher turned internet marketing consultant, Sunu Philip is a Certified SEO Specialist. She founded “Clothed in Scarlet to help women discover their unique God-given strengths and turn their talents into profits online. She offers subscribers of Clothed in Scarlet a Free Online Business Startup Kit to help them start their online business from scratch. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.