Because we consider you, Oh Faithful Bloggy Eyeballs, to be part of our extended family, we wanted to share with you an excerpt from an email we sent our extended families…
Dear Family and Loved Ones (the two are not mutually exclusive),
We have some exciting news to share with you. Our family is hoping to adopt a baby from Uganda soon!
Over the last year, our awareness and heart for the plight of orphans has grown. Then, as a church, we studied the book of James. When we got to the verse that says, “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.” (James 1:27), it became clear to us that it wasn’t just something to pray about, something to think about, it was something to DO. It became an issue of obedience.
So, there are tons of ways to help the orphans. At first, sending money seemed to be a clear solution. But the more we read about children in Africa, the more we realized that while we could feed many, we couldn’t make up for the total abandonment many of them were left in. We want to support orphanages and provide food to those in need. But for one child, we can give them the love of parents. We can give them a Forever Family.
We know the timing may seem strange, given all the children already in our home. But we think we’re uniquely set up to bring a young one into our home. We’ve got all the equipment, we’re already perpetually sleep deprived, and we’re pretty used to The Crazy. Plus, we’ve got love to give. Our children are still young enough that they will be resilient through any changes and, what’s more, they probably won’t remember much about adding this new sibling. The adjustment from 5 to 6 will be natural and they will not remember a time when they DIDN’T have a new brother or sister.
And then we rambled on for more paragraphs than is deemed appropriate, even for this blog of verbosity.
The short version, O Bleeding Retinas, is that we covet your prayers. We ask that you pray for the financial needs, the paper trail in front of us, the network of people it will require to help us to maneuver without an agency… We need so much wisdom as we proceed.
And in all of this, we recognize God’s sovereignty. He has a perfect plan, a perfect baby for us, in His perfect timing. All we really need is the grace to wait for Him to provide, and the wisdom and courage to follow His leading.
Are y’all ready for an adventure? Because The House of Vitafam is Goin’ Global, People! And we’re taking all your Loyal Corneas with us…