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Why do I support adoption? How can you support adoption without adopting?
I recently wrote a post called GOD, WHY AM I HERE? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MY LIFE? SHOWHOPE IS THE ANSWER
After praying about my life purpose, it hit me that God wants me to give my all to help orphans.
I know what you are thinking, “Diane, you already gave hope to two adopted children. Didn’t God use you?”. Yes, I have two adoptive children. Because of my adoption experience, I truly know the need for all kids to have a loving home at the earliest age possible. I want to do more for orphans in need of a family. The question is “How do I help more orphans without adopting more children?”
Have you ever heard the starfish story? Where a man was walking on a beach tossing one starfish at a time back into the ocean trying to save them. A man approached the man picking up starfish and throwing them back into the sea. He said, “You must be crazy.” There were thousands of miles of beach with starfish on them. How could you possibly make a difference? The man picking up the starfish bent over and picked up another starfish and toss it into the ocean. He said, “it sure made a difference in the life of that ONE.”
Back to your question, “Diane, you already gave hope to two adopted children. Didn’t God use you?”. I do not often tell people that my two adopted children suffered much abuse. They suffered a horrific first few years of life which caused many problems. You may be asking yourself, “If your adoption experience was so difficult, why do you support adoption.” I asked myself this question because I was afraid instead of encouraging others to adopt I would discourage them.
First of all: God calls us to help orphans and widows. James 1:27 says, “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.” I have no doubt that God placed on the heart of my husband and me to adopt. Not only did He lead us to adopt but He has been with us through every incredibly tough day. If HE is calling you to adopt, the plan God has for you will never be achieved if you do not follow HIS will for your life.
Second of all: Like the man who made a difference in the one starfish, I keep trying to make a difference in this world. I would remind myself on difficult days if we did not adopt my kids they would be living on the streets in Eastern Europe, in prostitution or worse they may be dead. I know with lots of prayers, pain, agony and tears my husband and I did make a small difference by adopting. If I can encourage others to adopt or give money to help others adopt, one more child’s life could change. One more child could learn that they are loved, and God loves them.
THIRD: Today, there are people and conferences out there to help adoptive parents. Empowered To Connect Conference, Karyn Purvis’ books and Youtube videos are the best information out there for any parent struggling with a child. I am happy to say that ShowHope supports families after they adopt with Empowered To Connect Conferences.
GOD, WHY AM I HERE? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MY LIFE?
This brings me back to answer this question I have been asking God for months or years. God, What is the purpose of my life? When I followed God’s will and my adoption did not go as I wanted or would have liked it to go, can I whole heartedly support orphans? Did God have a bigger plan because of our adoption? I believe He does. Through our adoption and pain, I know He showed my family how desperately kids need to be adopted. They need loving homes before they experience those horrific things in their lives that will leave them scarred for a lifetime. With all my heart, God placed a desire for me to help orphans. Helping orphans is all I think about which I believe is a sign from God that it is important.
Not Everyone Is Called To Adopt BUT…
We all have a responsibility to look after orphans. James 1:27 NIV We should all fulfill God’s call to care for orphans. Supporting ShowHope is an excellent way to look after orphans.
ShowHope is making a huge difference in the world by taking care of orphans. They started out raising money to provide grants to help families adopt. ShowHope wanted to help families who had a desire to adopt but could not afford it. Today, ShowHope is so much more.
ShowHope gives adoption grants. They have helped over 5000 children find loving homes.
They started a hospital and other care centers to help take care of individual medical needs.
ShowHope supports families by providing attachment conferences for parents who have adopted.
This weekend I attended ShowHope Fellowship weekend to learn more about how ShowHope makes a difference in the lives of orphans. You may have remembered me talking about it last year. On top of learning more about ShowHope and supporting orphans, we had a fantastic concert by Steven Curtis Chapman. He sang his hit songs over many decades.
ShowHope was started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman. If you know anything about Christian music, you have already heard of the Chapmans. He probably cannot even count all the awards he has won for his music. Being a fan of Steven is how I found ShowHope. I am so very thankful I did. Steven and Mary Beth Chapman are the most down to earth people you will ever meet. They dedicate their lives to making a difference in the lives of orphans.
I AM BEGGING YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF AN ORPHAN
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