Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pearls, anyone?

I've been thinking about orphans lately.
Shocking, I know.
I talk often with people about all aspects of adoption, and cost is something that always comes up.

Always.

So today I'm thinking about orphans and cost.

I will tell you that cost is a widely misunderstood concept; most often because its scope has been minimized to something as inconsequential as dollars and cents.

As in: How much does the typical adoption cost?

In monetary terms, one could say that the average eastern European adoption of an HIV+ child lands right around $24,000 to $27,000.

Is that it?
Is that the cost in its entirety?

I recently heard a TV evangelist caution people considering adoption to "count the cost."
He eluded to mental illness, sexual abuse, and behavioral issues as things to very carefully consider. It was clear that he considered it far to high a price to pay; the underlying message was that in his mind, these children weren't worth the cost.

Here's the thing.
He wasn't wrong to identify those areas as areas that cost something.
They do.
Where he was absolutely wrong was in assuming that the price was too high.

The true answer to what an adoption costs is:

IT COSTS EVERYTHING.

IT COSTS YOUR LIFE.

IT IS WORTH IT.

What we all need to understand is that every person,
every child,
every orphan
is worthy of the cost.

We know this because Jesus paid for our salvation with his life.
How can the redemption of someone else not cost us the same?

He died to redeem us.

In adoption, we live to redeem them.

Matthew 13:45
The kingdom if Heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all he had and bought it.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

Matthew 6:21
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.



When considering the cost of adoption, it's not:
How can I ever pay it?

It's:
How can I not?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A chance to break the cycle

I have been away from my blog for a little while. There has been so much work to do with my kids, my home, my mission- the children God asks me to champion for. My little blog has suffered but so much has been accomplished in those other areas!

I am not alone in desiring to change the lives of orphans, there are others toiling gladly to do our Father's work. One such fellow laborer is Shane Lewis. He visited Ukraine within days of my return. He poignantly tells just one of the many stories happening right now. In it he reveals a world you could change right now.
Read about it here.
I pray that you would join us in making a difference for Alina. The simple act of helping her will also powerfully impact the lives of her brother as well as her unborn child.