Robbie & I went to my parents Sunday School class this week. One of our pastors talked about his trip to India recently. There is a man wife there who God has led to start a school. (it’s a private school that locals pay to send their kids to & it’s also where Compassion International kids go for 2 meals a day, & school!) They also train new & old pastors…w/ an amazing goal to have something like 100 new churches by 2010. He also has started a clothing company that employs many men who wouldn’t have a job otherwise.
BB (pastor) was listing off how faithful this man & his wife have been with the little $ our church has sent them. He gave a list of $monetary things we could provide for them; It’s so obvious that sending a small amount of $ can go so far overseas! But one of hte main thigns that stood out to me was his story of a 3 year old begging on the side of the road.
In the car our discussion went something like this:
R: I’d like us to give some of our missions $ to help out.
ML: Me too!! I love when we are given an exact amount that will go for a specific item & knowing how far it will go! Like World vision, they send out a yearly catalog where you can buy a goat or something to a specific village or family. But man, it really made me want to adopt internationally. To provide a different life for a child who won’t have such a good life.
R But that massive amount of $ that we’d have to pay for the Int’l adoption could be sent to people in the country & go so much farther, helping so many more kids than just 1!
ML I KNOW that mentally, but I FELL like what we’re doing (fostering) just isn’t enough. We’re still living a fairly easy life.
R Well, God wired you to take care of babies, that’s how you minister, so sending $ of course doesn’t feel like ministry to you.
Later that afternoon/early evening I actually went outside to be with the kids. It was such a nice afternoon. The kids on their own initiated going outside! So the 4 kids & I were in the back & in between cleaning up the yard & playing ball with my son, I noticed something…..
Our daughter was playing with one foster, another was in the pack’n play watching my son & I play ball. They, who have not had stable families, were getting to experience a loving family, & my kids are getting to be a part of that! Only God knows what impact that will have on them- my kids & the fosters-as they grow up. I PRAY God uses it in a beneficial way in their lives!
Once in awhile I watch Oprah, & one day I saw the singer Seal on there, & he was apparently in a foster home when he was 4 or 5. He remembers it with great fondness, but he got separated from them…then Oprah brings them out! Oh the tears!! even though he was so young & wasn’t with them for long, it had a significant impact on his life. That is my, our, prayer.
So we’ll continue our adventure here in our home, & will send some of our missions $ overseas, so it may be multiplied!
PS….International adoption is AMAZING!!! & such a necessity & amazing gift to the families & the kids! Please know we are so grateful & happy for those of you who have gotten to do that! It’s just clear that God has not called us to do that. Although sometimes I wish He would!