We got some great news this week! We received our USCIS approval from the government, essentially saying that the US gives us the approval for bringing an orphan into the United States. Lucky us, our fingerprints did not show up at any crime scenes.
Now our paperwork can go to China for translation, and then they will invited us to travel there. Still, a few months to go.
Also, and maybe even better, we received a grant and a loan from Abba Fund. Go to abbafund.org to check them out.
Abba fund gives some grants and also interest-free loans to people who are adopting. Yes, we are going into debt to bring this girl into our lives. I can’t even tell you how hard it is to squeeze $27,000 out of our current income. Oh wait, that would be impossible, I’m thinking, for most people. We went into debt to bring Mesfin home. It happens and it’s worth it. No complaints. I’m just putting it out there for two reasons:
1. We are aware that living in debt is not God’s idea of healthy living – or the soul’s. Debt can ruin people financially and emotionally. We have had this discussion with people and they have disagreed with us when it comes to going into debt for adoption. We agree with God, but we don’t agree with you. I’m sure Wes Stafford took out a loan to start Compassion International. Trust me, we have put prayer into this.
2. I hope that I can explain this to those of you who haven’t adopted, but I love Iris. Down to my soul. God has planned for this child to be mine. I’m sure of it. You may not understand what it is like for an adoptive mother, but we love these children before we can even touch them or hear their voice. Remember how much you loved your babies in the womb? We are right there with you.
I’ll paint you another picture. Imagine that your child, (Ethan, Ava, Noah, Emily, Olivia, Michael, Josh), went to another country on a trip and he couldn’t get back. Wouldn’t you spend every dime you had to rescue them? That’s how it feels for an adoptive mom. I need to go get my daughter. At any cost.
If you are moved by the idea of adoption, go to abba fund and donate. It will save more than one orphan and make more than one mother or father joyous. Non-interest loans are given to a family, then as they repay, it goes to another, and another, and another. You will have changed the life of many in your donation. OR EVEN BETTER, ADOPT! Don’t let the cost scare you. Take a risk and let God figure out the details.
And remember these words:
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. James 1:27
He may not be calling you to adopt, although He might be…(hard to tell how I feel here, isn’t it?), but He is asking you in some way to take care of the 147 million orphans around the world. It looks different for everyone, but enjoy doing it, knowing that there is so much beauty in taking care of even just one.