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Posted by Karl Shreeves

Why adoption? One adoptive father from our ministry shares what adoption has meant to him, his family, and his little girl (originally posted by Karl Shreeves):

 

This shot of my daughter is worth a million to me, but not because it’s a nice photo. Certainly people relate to it, and they’ve given me kind words about her gleeful expression, or how it takes them back to when Daddy pushing you on a swing was one of life’s greatest joys. Her delight’s genuine, and you can see it. But, while it’s great to create a good image, there are many things that are more important.

What makes this image special is that in it we see changed lives – my daughter’s, my wife’s and mine. We adopted my daughter. I can’t imagine what it’s like for anyone to grow up without loving parents, but it makes me wonder whether she would have had moments like these. On the other hand, I now know what my wife and I would have missed; thinking what might not have been makes me weep.

Too many children grow up without families. There are about 163million orphans in the world who have lost one or both parents (and one is too many). Consider, on the other hand, that there are about 1.4 billion families (households) if only about 1 in 9 [families] adopted one child – we could close every orphanage! Not every household can do so, but others would (and do) adopt two or more. And, of the 163 million orphans, many still have a parent and a viable family if we worked to help them remain in family and reunite with family. My point is that this should be a solvable problem.

To be direct, what about you? If you’re thinking about enlarging your family, give it some serious thought. I wasn’t sure I wanted to adopt. If I’m honest, I was basically dragged into it. But my fears, concerns, worries and hesitation vanished the instant I held my little girl for the first time. Now I thank God that He didn’t let me off the hook on this one. When you become an adoptive parent you give a lot, but you get a lot more than you give. For every smile we’ve put on our little girl’s face, she’s put a hundred on ours. I think it’s one of God’s ways of teaching us what’s really important.

 

Are you considering adoption? Come check out our monthly “Thinking About Adoption or Foster Care” seminar this Wednesday, January 6th from 6:30-8:30pm in the MO2 Gathering Room of the Lake Forest Saddleback Church campus, or call 949-609-8555 for more information.



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