Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Tomorrow at church I am going to speak for a short time about our adoptions of Taevy, Samren, and Bright. When the pastor first asked me to speak "about adoption" what I thought about was a sort of motivational/inspirational talk about how great adoption is! So I wrote a rough draft of what I would say. But actually the pastor wanted me to give more of a testimony of our experiences with the adoption process. So I wrote something different to speak tomorow. What to do with the first draft? Well of course! I can post it on the good 'ol blog! ;-) I hope you all have a blessed Mother's Day.

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We haven’t had experience building our family in any other way, so I suppose to us building our family through adoption feels as natural as it is to most others to build their family through the mother’s womb. I can’t imagine my life without the three children the Lord has placed into our trust. Just as He chooses each little soul to place into a mother’s womb, He also chose the three souls that now call Eric and I mommy and daddy.

When we first adopted we did so because it was a means to an end. We wanted to be parents. But through that experience the Lord put inside me a deep-seeded passion to do what I can for orphaned children on earth. I cannot save all of the orphaned children in the world. But I can make a world of difference for one orphaned child at a time. And so can you.

If only 7% of the world’s Christians adopted 1 orphaned child, the world’s orphan population would disappear. Disappear! Imagine. The Lord calls us to care for orphans over 40 times in the bible. Now, I am not saying that every Christian family is called to adopt. But every Christian family IS called to care for the orphans of this world. What can you do? Giving financially is certainly beneficial, but what about your time? Do you have time to write to an orphaned child—just to let them know that someone in this world loves them? Do you have the resources to visit an orphanage and spend time simply loving the children? Do you have the financial ability to assist another family with adopting a child? Or might there be an empty place at your table?

Today is Mother’s Day so I’m going to talk to the moms for a minute. I’m glad to honor my mom and to be honored by my children on this special day, but now that my heart has been called to the plight of the orphan I cannot ignore those in this world who cannot celebrate a day like today.

How many children don’t have a mother to honor today? How many children wake up with a nightmare and have no mommy or daddy to come and comfort them? How many children don’t have a mommy to cook their food? How many have nobody to share with them about how, in fact, EVERY Christian is adopted into God’s family by the blood of Jesus? 143 million, and counting.

On Mother’s Day I think of the mothers in the world that do not have their children to honor them. They make the ultimate sacrifice by placing their child for adoption when they cannot care for them. Do they weep with joy or sadness today?

I think of Mrs. Ib in Ghana.

This is Mrs. Ib. I don’t know how many children Mrs. Ib has, but I know about the love she has for her son, Nang. Because of malnutrition her milk dried up and she was unable to feed her precious 4 month old son. Mrs. Ib went to a Nutrition Center in Northern Ghana for help. With better nutrition her milk returned but her son was too weak to suckle. Mrs. Ib isn’t a Christian. She doesn’t know our Lord. But our Lord knows her and He knows Nang. Out of love for her son Mrs. Ib chose for Nang to be adopted. She knows the likelihood of him living to even 5 years old is remote unless he is placed into a new loving family. Her sacrifice is great, because the love she has for her son is greater. The Lord blessed her to be Nang’s mother forever, even though he will grow up calling another woman “mommy.” Mrs. Ib now waits for another woman to stand up for her child and take him as her own.

Lots of people look at adoptive families and families with special needs kids and say, “I could never do that!” It’s true. You couldn’t. But the Lord can do it through you! The Lord may put a call of motherhood onto you that isn’t typical or common. Becoming a mother by giving birth is an amazing and miraculous thing—never to be seen as boring or ordinary! But if the Lord calls you to become a mother in a new way, I challenge you to listen. Don’t look away when you see an orphan with physical differences. Don’t allow yourself to be scared if the Lord lays a child with a chronic medical condition on your heart. Don’t say “I would have too many kids!” just because most people only have 2-4 kids. Don’t allow yourself to buy into satan’s lie that you could never love an adopted child “as much” as your biological children.

There are over 143 million orphans in the world today. The Lord doesn’t ask us to take this burden upon ourselves. He asks us to come along side Him—to be His hands and feet—because if we don’t do it, who will? Through a variety of circumstances the orphans in this world no longer have a mother to comfort them. They wait for women like each of you reading this—ordinary women who are called to do something out of the ordinary. They wait to call someone “mommy.”

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

16 comments:

Owlhaven 11:16 PM  

Bravo!!!!!!!


Happy Mother's Day, dear Anita!

Mary, mom to 10 precious ones, 6 of whom arived via adoption

Fabu 11:18 PM  

What a beautiful speech Anita! Lovely, moving, and important- I wish I could hear you share this at your church tomorrow...

I wouldn't be surprised of you get a few calls from some would-be-adoptive moms after that! I'm so glad God has called you to adoption- both in your life and in your work. :)

Happy Mother's Day,
Fabu

P.S. I had to get a new account so I could post a comment! Grrr... couldn't find my password!

A. Gillispie 11:36 PM  

Thanks Mary!

Amy, I like this "handle" much better! I knew EXACTLY who "Fabu" was when I saw your comment! ;-)

You know me...after I give my talk tomorrow I'll post the written version on the blog. It's more about our 3 individual adoptions. I made a slide show and everything. I feel all spiffy! ;-) Very nervous about tomorrow, but hopefully God have grace on me and speak through me!
Anita

Jim & Laurel 1:18 AM  

Great post!

Even with 10 bio. children ... God said ...

"10 is NOT enough."

"You are NOT too old."

"I will provide for your family, if you will open the door."


We are praising Jesus for our 3 precious children from Ghana.

Happy Mother's Day!

:) :) :)

Yoli 6:04 AM  

Beautiful. Happy Mother's Day. You are a great Mom. I follow your blog and it is an inspiration to me.

Ericka 9:02 AM  

BEAUTIFUL!
Teary here.
I'm so inspired by you Anita :)
Happy Mother's Day!
Ericka
Still plugging along in our homestudy to adopt from BH :)

Christy O 9:25 AM  

Happy Mother's Day!!! What a wonderful post and thank you for saying it. We have been blessed with three lovely children through birth and two lovely sons through adoption from Ethiopia, and now today I found out that my suspected pregnancy wasn't. Thank you for taking some of the sting of my sadness away by reminding me that maybe our Lord has another plan, once again.
Christy
Mom to the tribe of five,
Wife to the best husband in the world
www.mommyturtle.blogspot.com

Emily B. 10:15 AM  

That was beautiful and so well written. Thank you for putting into words what we are feeling in our hearts.

Sincerely,
A teary eyed mom-to-be

Fabu 10:15 AM  

Ahhhhh... I reread, this was your first draft and you are talking about your babies specifically at church (different speech, somehow I missed that)! Thank goodness we all got to see that first draft out here in bloggerland because it is wonderful.

And I'm looking forward to hearing about what you shared about your kiddos too! :)

Happy Mother's Day,
Fabu!

Nicole - Raising Animals 2:10 PM  

Really beautiful! I hope it all goes well!

Chinamama4 3:01 PM  

Here from Owlhaven...
What beautiful thoughts! Thank you for sharing on this special day...

Melinda 3:14 PM  

Love it Anita! I am planning on forwarding this on to my own pastor who doesn't understand that adoption is a "calling". Thank you for this and I hope it blesses many other's like it blessed me.

Ami 5:55 PM  

Beautiful! I'm the proud adoptive mama to 3...so far. Can you tell us where you found that statistic of 7% of the world's Christians adopting just 1?

Sue 7:38 PM  

Anita,

What true & thoughful words. I have sent it to many!

Jena 8:24 PM  

Anita-
I am about to send this to my pasors- what a great post!!!

Gypsy Root 10:39 PM  

Beautiful Message.
I believe we have been called to adopt one day...soon.
Was Nang adopted?
Wow, what a sacrifice this mother has made. It is unimaginable.