Because it's national adoption month, Drew and I had the pleasure of attending an event for waiting children (children waiting for a family through adoption) in our community over the weekend. It was incredible and life-changing. It is also disheartening to see the beautiful faces of so many children in our community waiting for a family. Many of the children that are waiting in foster-care for an adoptive family are older children (over the age of 8). There is a great need for adoptive families to welcome in older children. Unfortunately, the older waiting child's chance for adoption seems to lessen as they age.
Interacting with the children this weekend made this somber reality so very personal. Meeting the children not only gives a face and voice to the orphan crisis but also expels fear and intimidation over consideration for adoption of the older child. I find this encouraging and I pray that more opportunities like this become available so that many more children and families can be blessed through adoption. It's a heavy reality to know that these children are all around us - orphans, in our communities, across the nation, and around the world.
Praise our gracious Father God that hears the cries of the fatherless! Just this month I've heard from several wonderful families that are answering the Lord's call on their hearts for adoption. I am so excited to witness God calling on families all around us! God is good!