A while back, I posted about Goers and Senders . Simply put, Goers are folks God has called to "go", and senders are folks God has called to "send" them. When it comes to orphans, everyone has the blessing of being one of these things. Some people are blessed with being both!
There are many families working, saving, and fundraising to pay their adoption expenses. And most of the time, it’s a very long, hard road.
What if every Christian did something once a week to help a family fundraising for adoption? That really doesn't seem like a lot to ask, does it? That all of us who profess to be Christians actually step up and do what God has commanded in regard to orphans.
What can I do, you ask? Well, a lot!
Obviously, supporting adoption financially is an awesome way to help. How about considering committing a few dollars a week to a fundraising family? Start small (or big, if you can) and put it in your budget. Get your kids involved. Get a jar and tell them you’re going to put your change in the jar every week and give it to a fundraising family; and ask them if they’d like to contribute a little from their allowance. This is a wonderful experience for kids. Most of the time, the family has a blog where they can see who they are helping and even watch the story of the child coming home unfold. It’s an awesome faith building experience as your children can watch a family step out in faith into the journey of adoption and see God provide.
In addition to supporting adoption financially, there are other ways to help.
Pray! Pray regularly for fundraising families and their needs.
Spread the word! If you have a blog, a FB page, an email, or a phone, you can help a fundraising family by spreading the word about their fundraisers. This is easy, only takes a few minutes, and can reap big benefits for the fundraising family.
Hold a fundraiser! Yep… that’s what I said. Hold a fundraiser and give the profits to a family in need of adoption funds. What a GREAT family service project this is! TALK about making an impression on your kids! They will SEE you being the hands and feet of Jesus and be able to participate themselves. Other ideas…get your small group at church, book club, or just a group of your friends to band together for a fundraiser.
For most of us, funding an adoption is a huge task. And, sadly, it’s the big hurdle that keeps lots of great families from adopting waiting children. I know lots of families, us included, who would adopt a waiting child in a second if funding wasn’t an issue. It breaks my heart that money stands in the way of these kids having forever families. Does it break your heart, too?