No, Lori’s not pregnant. However, after countless discussions and prayerful consideration, we decided that we really enjoy being parents and have more love to offer. Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” This action-packed verse is challenging, to say the least, and would take most of us more than a lifetime to master and actually live out. The question any of us can and should ask ourselves is “what can I do right now to make a difference?” For each individual and family, the answers will be uniquely different. For Lori and I, one of our answers is adoption.
Statistics estimate there are more than 140 million orphans globally and the effects of growing up without parents are alarming. Aside from a lack of basic needs such as shelter, food, clean water, education, medical care, and vocational training, the stage has been set in developing countries for more gruesome issues such as sex trafficking, child labor, prostitution, death by HIV/AIDS, and child soldiering.
After researching the various aspects of domestic versus international adoption, several factors helped us make our decision of where to adopt. First, the statistics and harsh reality of orphans in developing nations really jumped out at us. Government assistance is virtually non-existent for orphans and hope for a sustainable future on their own is bleak. Second, we have a great love and passion for Africa and its people. Our past experience living and working amongst the poor and orphaned in Kenya brings life to the grim statistics with real names and faces.
So, without further ado, Lori and I are very excited and privileged to move forward with adopting 2 children (a boy and girl) from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We would be honored if you would join us through our adoption journey!
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