Tag Archives: Adoption

I’m Merely a Vessel

7 Jul

Blog post by Christina D., Team India 2012

Ever since a young age, my heart had an interest in those who are orphaned. As a 12 year old, I apparently had found nothing else more interesting than returning home from school to plop on the couch and watch TLC’s show Adoption Stories.  Something about the reality of seeing children in America and various parts of the world who were never cradled by their birth mother and father was gut wrenching for me, and also the long process for couples to finally meet with their adopted child. My heart was stirred. I wanted to have every single orphaned child from infant to teen in my home. I wanted to scoop them up and hug them, love them and be their new mom….at age12. Hmmm not a realistic dream for a 12 year old, but what I did know from that point, is that one day I wanted to adopt children of my own. As I saw it at the time, why would I be selfish enough to bring more children in the world when there are so many in need of a home and so few who choose to adopt. This is where my heart for the fatherless began.

Throughout the years, God only continued to provoke my heart to compassion for orphan children. I was able to serve one day in high school in an orphanage in Guadalupe, Mexico and it amazed me how loving they were despite their circumstances and how eager they were to be loved in return. Living in the border city of El Paso, Texas during college opened my eyes to the poverty and orphanages just across the border in Juarez, Mexico. This stirred my heart even more.

My view today, at 25, is still the same. I wholeheartedly desire to adopt at least one of my children someday. Till then, it does not by any means, mean that my passionate, God given heart for the orphaned has to refrain from acting now. My love and yearning heart for orphans has burned inside me and while that is great, that is just where it stayed, inside me. Which leads me to my journey to India. I cannot even begin to explain how eager I am to serve the Lord in this way with my team and to finally put actions to my God given desire. I do not want to continue to let time waste away while I yearningly stand back. I want to understand the burdens of this culture and how God is at work there; to know their needs and how we can meet them.

I am filled with satisfaction knowing that it is God’s desire and His compassionate heart and love for the fatherless that fills me. His business of caring for the needy is reflected in scripture in Psalm 10:18, “O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” And my personal favorite James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”  This is the Lord’s passion given to me, His heart! I’m merely a vessel that has been given a great opportunity. I can’t say I know how or what God is going to lead me to do in the future, I hope to always serve the Fatherless in any capacity. Right now I know that this is the next step in uncovering more of His heart as a Father for these children. This is my journey.

Christina resides in Texas and will be serving with Journey117 in July on Team India. 

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What do Jerry Maguire and James 1:27 have in common?

11 May

Blog post authored by Matt, Director of Advocacy, World Orphans

Typing this blog post I feel a bit like Jerry Maguire writing the mission statement, “The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business.” Here’s hoping I don’t end up all alone holding a goldfish.

Question … How do you define your faith? No, I don’t want the “being sure of what you cannot see” line we are quick to throw around. I want tangibles. I want your answer to be able to go to class with you for show-n-tell.

Let me put it a different way. If faith without works is dead, and you and I believe our faith in Jesus is alive and well; then what do we point to for evidence?

Unfortunately, the tendency for most Christians is to first look at the following categories:

Church attendance.
What you drop in the offering plate.
Our frequency in studying the Bible.
Certain things you might abstain from (alcohol, certain types of entertainment, etc.)
Milestones in our spiritual journey (baptism, confirmation, etc.)

I admit it, I have been guilty of measuring myself by these standards for the majority of my life. As a result, I developed an unsatisfyingly-hollow “checklist” type of relationship with God. Did I read my Bible today? Check. Did I tithe this past Sunday? Check.

Sound familiar? Continue reading

I Care For Orphans….Because I Was One

2 May

Blog post by Deborah P., Team Uganda 2012

Our journey started with following a blog written by Katie Davis about her heart for Uganda. When her book was released last year, I met her at Catayst in Atlanta and she signed a copy for Mallory [my daughter]. After Mallory read her book she told me she felt led to go to Uganda and wanted me to go with her. I told her we would pray about it and see where GOD led us. I felt that it was not the right time with having adopted a baby last year, it would be hard to leave him, but after meeting a man form Kampala in January at PASSION 2012, I was again spending time in prayer about our Journey to Uganda. I was contacted in February by my mission coach from a trip I took to Ukraine in 2010. She was wondering if I was interested in another mission trip. I told her about Uganda and she emailed me 3 possible trips. The first two were not feasible and after a month she called back.  When I checked out the 3rd email I realized that it was a trip to Kampala, Uganda…the very place we had been praying about going. I felt confirmation from GOD about now being the time and, after talking with my husband and friends, I knew that this would be the year to take this Journey with my daughter, Mallory.

I have had a heart for orphans since I was one myself. Continue reading

A Journey of Adoption and Orphan Care

1 May

Blog post by Katrina F., Team Iraq 2012

The “Journey” that has led me to where I find myself at this moment is a long story… a 4 year long story.  After my husband and I got married, 4 1/2 years ago, we started trying to start a family.  We have been through A LOT.  Infertility is an ugly thing… and it robs you of so much, but through it all, we have grown closer to one another, closer to God, and our faith has never been stronger.  We know that God has a plan for our lives and although some days I wish He would appear to me and at least clue me in on what it is, I know that there is a perfect plan in place and in time it will all be revealed.

My heart started growing for the less fortunate, especially orphans, as we could not have children ourselves and I really started to see how many children are truly out there that need so much and have so little.  My husband and I were in church one Sunday when the pastor brought in families who were moving to other countries to be missionaries… and one family in particular was going to Burkina Faso, Africa.  They showed a video of the children there in the orphanage that they were going to help out with –  they were literally living in cages (wire fences) on dirt. It was heartbreaking.  Immediately following the service, my husband and I seriously started talking about adoption and decided we were sure.  We wanted to adopt.  We had been praying about it… and now was the time. Continue reading

5th Grader Seeks to Live out Isaiah 1:17

3 Feb

Blog post by Elizabeth B., Team Haiti 2012

Hello everyone. I am in fifth grade and this winter me and my family hosted an orphan from Latvia and we now are interested in adopting her. Something I learned from this experience was that I am really lucky to have parents, a house and people who love me. The reason I am going on this trip is to help and care for those who don’t have any family, home, or people who love them. I want to try help as many orphans as I can.

Elizabeth B. will be serving on the Haiti Journey 117 Team leaving in March 2012 along with her mother and others from her church in Evanston, IL.

Orphan Care: Get in the Game

3 Feb

Blog post by Laila B., Team Haiti 2012

Orphan care has been a backdrop of much of my adult life.  My husband is adopted and for as long as I’ve known him I’ve been intrigued by the concept of adoption and have grown in my understanding of my own adoption into God’s family.  In the past few years as our family and many close friends have adopted children into their own families, orphan care and adoption have moved to the front lines of my life.

As I’ve been reading all I can on God’s heart for the fatherless, blogs recording the adoption journeys of many family and friends, God has increased my compassion towards the fatherless.  As a family we have been praying about how God would have us move from the sidelines to being in the game and caring for orphans in tangible ways.

When this opportunity to study God’s heart for the orphan and participate in on a team serving orphans in Haiti came up, I knew I wanted to be part of the team.  I’m excited to have my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, join me on this journey.  It is my prayer that God will continue to break our hearts for the fatherless and show us how we can be part of the solution.

Laila B. will be serving on the Haiti Journey 117 Team leaving in March 2012 along with her daughter and others from her church in Evanston, IL.

Looking to Haiti with Anticipation

1 Feb

Blog post by Dave C., Team Haiti 2012

Before Keren and I met, we both desired for adoption to be part of the way that we built our family. I can’t say there was one “moment” where I felt God calling me to this. It simply has been one of those things that just makes sense to me.

In preparation for this trip, a few things in particular excite me:

  • Watching my wife’s heart be filled by the Spirit with love and compassion for kids, especially those in difficult circumstances
  • Learning what God is teaching the other members of the team. How will we as a team encourage each other in this journey?
  • Praying expectantly for God to surprise me. As I said, we already want to adopt. But how else might the Lord be calling us to serve, especially in the here and now?

Dave C. will be serving on the Haiti Journey 117 Team leaving in March 2012 along his wife and others from his church in Evanston, IL.