Sunday, April 29, 2012

The World To One Person

I hear many, MANY Christians say they would like to adopt one day…..WHEN they have the money.  But did you know that if you adopt a child from foster care here in the U.S. it costs little or nothing?? I don’t think our states do an adequate job of letting people know that there are thousands of children waiting to be adopted, and that the state will pay for most of the adoptions, with others costing only around $1,500.  Some great aspects of State adoption are:
*It can be a pretty fast process
*It costs little to nothing
*Caseworkers are really good about sharing the child’s ENTIRE life history, including any abuse s/he experienced, etc. so that you can make a decision on whether or not you feel the child would be a good fit for your family.
*Caseworkers won’t even consider placing a child into a home with younger children if they believe that child could be a danger to the other children already in the home.
*In many cases families receive a small amount of financial support each month, plus free medical care for the child until s/he is 18. Also, when adopting a teenager, states will often pay for that child’s college expenses.

Of course, adopting an older child is a great way for families to live out what James wrote in his epistle: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (1:27) We Christians are often quite diligent about "keeping ourselves from being polluted by the world", but we skip over the first part of this verse, or think we’re “doing enough” by giving our tithes to the church.

So far Norman and I have had the privilege of adopting six children from foster care and we want to share with our fellow believers that it is truly amazing how adaptable these children really are. Even though they come with a lot of worldly experiences and exposure, if you win their hearts, you will see that worldliness slowly melt away as they fall in love with Jesus and develop a true desire to live in the culture of His kingdom rather than that of the world.  And what a great lesson for biological children as well--to share their "inheritance" with strangers, just as Jesus has shared his with us!!

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world” (Author Unknown)

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