For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:4-6
Adoption comes from the very heart of our Father God. Adoption into our Father's family came at the great cost of the suffering and death of God's own son, Jesus.
Our adoptive families have suffered, not to the point of physical death, but they have suffered the frustration of painful waiting, the inability to understand the broken social and legal system of Burkina, the loss of their money, etc. They have suffered the loss of control when inexplicably their court case has been extended over and over again.
But, for those who persevere, for those who are called to step out of their comfort zone, to step out of the boat, so to speak-- God has children in Burkina who are waiting and waiting, sometimes for as long as ten years, waiting to be united, waiting to be introduced, waiting for that first embrace from their mother and father. This is what adoption is all about. This is the moment that parents and child look forward to, not even really knowing what it will look like or what it will feel like. But, waiting to take their child into their arms and ultimately take them home as their adopted son or daughter.
This month Linda and I had the privilege of sending two more precious children home to their Forever Families.
This is DJ with his Mama and Papa. He recently went home to meet his four older sisters.
This is Claire with her Mama and Papa. Claire is one who has waited for over ten years, passing her days in an orphanage, waiting for paperwork to be done and then to be redone, waiting for her parents to come for her.
Our God is so good! He loves the children of Burkina and He loves to place them in Forever Families. If you feel that the Lord is calling you to adopt a special needs child, please contact me or contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org – All Blessing, Intl.