God has blessed us with more than we could ever need. He has not blessed us so we can have the latest iPad, game console or a new car. We have been blessed to be a blessing.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Is This What I Signed Up For?

Yes it is. We knew adoption would be a hard road to travel. We just weren't sure in what way. One thing I am sure of, "If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." Galatians 1:8

One of my best friends graduated with a reporter for Fox 6 News. She called him to let him know about our yard sale in case he would like to cover it. He called us and asked permission. No harm in that, right? Well, you'd be surprised at the criticism we have received. Here are some negative comments I have come across.

People should help and adopt a child from our foster care system. There are so many children right here at home that are waiting for a family. Yes, there are plenty of children "right here at home" that are waiting for a family. No one is stopping you from helping them. But that is not what my husband and I are called to do. As Christians, our citizenship is not here in America. It is in heaven. God's Kingdom will be made up of people of all nations. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Why not adopt here in your own country? I guess this is all about publicity. Same answer, but as far as the publicity goes, I don't have to defend that. However, the news reporter found out from a mutual friend and he contacted us. It was not our idea.

I feel the same... Time to take care of AMERICANS first.. Stop adopting overseas babies.. Just because they are "easier" to get. Shame on these people. Prideful Americans make me sick. "...What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?"I Corinthians 4:7. Translation: All that you have was given to you by God. Stop acting as if you earned it. Be thankful you were born in American and not in Ethiopia where you could be starving to death.

Can you really afford to raise a child if you can't afford to adopt them? Last time I checked, one year's worth of expenses for child rearing didn't cost $32,000.

Apparently American children aren't good enough. I have nothing against the Foster Care system or for people adopting domestically. For us, we felt another calling.

I don't understand her comment that she hates referring to her "African" children. You can bring a child back from whatever country, their home country is ALWAYS going to be part of who they are. Don't refer to them any differently than being your CHILD! Makes no sense. I hope these Adoption Agencies see stuff like this. I don't think based on the "lighter skinned" comment she needs to adopt a child. Sorry if that offends anyone at all, but it is the truth.
This was in reference to this post
where apparently my meaning was not clear. I did not mean that I did not want to think of my child being African. I meant that I hated labeling them as anything other than my children. But for that post, I had to refer to "African" children and "light skinned" children in order for my thoughts to make since. And I did not like doing that, hence the sentence, "I hate referring to my children as...."

People seem to think it is so hard to adopt a child from here at home but it is not. We were foster parents for ten years and helped many children and adopted three..two boys and one girl. It took some time for it to be final but they were with us from birth. They are a blessing and I would never think of adopting a child outside of the US after seeing all the children that need us here.

Same ole, same ole American pride. I can't stand it. We are not special. Our home is not here.

Look at this photo of a little girl in Sudan. How often do you see this in America? We are so blessed.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! April, Sorry that you had to deal with these comments! Great responses! Why can't people just be happy that a child that has no family will now have a family, love and a home?!??!?! Yes, there are children here in America in need of permanent families, but they are not starving! Also how many of those people commenting are in process of adopting from foster care?? I praise God that you guys are allowing Him to work through you!