I am continually shocked by the amount of times that I hear people say, "We would love to adopt, but we could never afford to do that" or "I would never go into debt for a child". What makes a home with a morgage that much more special then a child from the other side of town whose mother chose life instead of abortion? What makes a car payment on a car that will depreciate the moment you drive it off of the lot worth more then a precious baby boy born 5 weeks early in Guatemala... to a woman that made $17 a month?
We went into debt for that baby boy in Guatemala. We scrimped and saved and made payments on him long after he was in our arms. And he was worth every penny. I would pay him off for the rest of my life if that is what it took. Following God's call is seldom the easy road. It seldom costs nothing.
Several of us involved in Ninth and O's adoption ministry Rosalynn's Hope met last night. One of the main topics of our discussion was fundraising. We would love to raise the numbers in Rosalynn's Hope account in order to help more families bring home orphans. We know that there are so many that are answering the call to adopt with no idea where the money will come from. It is our prayer that we can be an encouragement... spiritually, as well, as financially.
Do you have ideas for us? We have a few thoughts and ideas in the works for fundraisers for the ministry, but I would love to hear things that you have done or seen! Just leave your thoughts in a comment!
I had some precious time with Will today. As I watched him play with his animals, I was reminded that we are not often rewarded by things that cost us nothing. Often the greatest rewards come from that which cost us the most. And yet, when I look at Will, I will tell you that he was a bargain. He is worth far more then we paid.