For the fatherless

Almost 10 years ago, we were eating out with some family friends when they told us they were going to adopt. It’s one of my strangely crystal clear memories. I remember my initial reaction and how surprised I was. Let’s be honest: I thought they were a little crazy. At the time, I didn’t understand why they would want to adopt, but in that moment God began to reveal His heart for adoption to me.

I’m blown away by how God has worked in my life since then. I now have 2 beautiful sisters from China and have worked in orphanages in Mexico and China. God has made it painfully obvious that I have a passion for orphan care.

Since November is adoption awareness month, I’ve been reflecting on all God has taught me about orphan care and adoption (including my adoption into His family!) and thinking about what the next step is for me. When I went to China this summer to work in Maria’s Big House of Hope, I expected God to make it clear what my specific role is in orphan care. When that didn’t happen, it was hard to come back and focus on classes and work.

I have a heart for orphan care, but over the past 4 years I’ve also discovered a love for speech pathology. I didn’t understand how I could reconcile these 2 passions! Then this semester God has shown me that these things can go hand in hand. I’ve found myself applying what I’m learning in class to some of the kids I met in China.

It’s like God has this all planned out or something. 🙂

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Of course I still don’t know exactly what He has planned for my future (I’m hoping getting into grad school is part of it!), but I’m excited as I continue on this journey. I’m so thankful that God gives us certain passions and desires for a reason. He interweaves different aspects of our lives together in such a beautiful way!

All that to say, I’m excited to see how God works in peoples hearts this month as He calls people to care for orphans, whether that’s through prayer, financial support, missions trips, foster care, or adoption. Please join me in praying for orphans around the world and considering our role in caring for the fatherless. Also, I’d like to challenge you to take some time out of your busy schedules to read one book about adoption or orphan care. I did this last year (because reading is another one of my passions!), and it’s a great way to learn more about these children’s needs. For book suggestions, click here. Or if you’ve read a good book on this topic, I’d love to hear about it!

It can be overwhelming to hear statistics, like how there are an estimated 153 million orphans around the world, but there are also statistics that say if every Christian family cared for one orphan, there wouldn’t be any more orphans. For me, getting involved and putting faces to the numbers changed my perspective. We can’t change this broken world, but through God’s power we can change the world of a child.

What a blessing to share in God’s love for the fatherless!

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China Bound!

Ever since my family adopted my two sisters from China, I have had a passion for orphans. This summer, God has provided me with the opportunity to go back to China on a missions trip. This is something I prayed about for over a year, so I’m very excited to see how God continues to work in amazing ways as I go on this trip!

Along with 20 other young adults (who I am very excited to meet!), I will be going to Maria’s Big House of Hope, which is an orphanage and medical care center started by Show Hope (www.showhope.org). While I’m on this trip from August 1-10, I’m hoping to post updates on this blog.

I would really appreciate your prayers! Please pray for our team as we plan for the trip. Pray that we will be able to build strong relationships with each other and the people in China and that God will use this trip to help us grow spiritually. Pray for the people we’ll meet in China and that they would see Christ’s love through us. Also, pray especially for the children who are waiting and hoping for a forever family.

Thanks to my amazing family and friends, I have already come close to raising all the money I need for this trip. It has truly been a humbling experience for me to see how eager everyone is to support me prayerfully and financially. Thank you all so much!

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Adoption Awareness Month

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“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

Since November is National Adoption Awareness Month, I have decided to read a book this month about adoption/orphans. I would love it if others joined me in this challenge! I’m excited to see how God works this month!

I’d like to make a list of books about adoption, so if you’ve read/are reading a great book about adoption, let me know! I read “Silent Tears” by Kay Bratt several years ago, so now I’m looking forward to reading more adoption books!

Even if you don’t read a book about adoption this month, please take time to pray for orphans and adopting families!

I’ve started a page with a list of adoption books if you’re interested: Books about Adoption/Orphans

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