On the other hand, there are many countries, such as Ethiopia, where their citizens are dying of HIV and Malaria. Children are orphaned by disease and poverty. Parents are unable to care for their own children, much less the children of neighbors. It is a crisis situation there. 4.5 million orphans fill orphanages in Ethiopia. This is only ONE country of many in Africa have the same plight. Rwanda has 1 million orphans because of war, disease, and famine. The number of orphans in Africa is a problem that requires global attention.
Recently, I shared a passion I have with our home study worker. When she asked us how we would keep the culture of Ethiopia alive in our home, I told her that I hope to raise a son that loves his country so much he wants to go back there to minister to others who need God's love. She gave a beautiful reply, "I don't see how it could be any other way. With your hearts so impassioned about Ethiopia and your desire for orphans to know the love of God and a forever family, your child will have no other choice than go back to his country." Then she uttered words that seemed almost prophetic. "I have seen a lot of people who adopt children from various countries, but the ones who adopt from Ethiopia are different. There is something different about them...they are passionate about a purpose. Imagine these parents raising Ethiopian children to love Ethiopia and hear the calling of God to help their country. You could have an entire generation of Ethiopian adoptees who willingly return to their country and change their country's future." Wow. That's exactly the passion of my heart. As much as it would hurt to see my baby grow up and leave me, I know that God is his inheritance and his destiny is with Him. I want my child to be wherever God is working, even if it means being a world apart.
In the debate over whether to adopt Domestically or Internationally, there is no question about the bottom line:
"Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families."
We were made to love God and love people. Our calling is clear - "Father the fatherless." What your role is in that no one can know but God. Whether adopting domestically or internationally the need is great, our mission is clear, our time is short, and lives are at stake.
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.