In honor of National Adoption Month, I want to share a glimpse of what adoption is to our family. I wrote this piece for local publication, but figured I’d share it with all of you too. This is just a tiny snippet of how our family has experienced adoption. As time goes on, and as it is appropriate, I will share more of our stories with you.
I understand that everyone’s situation is different and not everyone is called to adopt or foster a child – But everyone is called to help, as you are able. Perhaps it’s just an encouraging note, a listening ear, a hot meal, an offer to babysit, or financial support for an organization that helps families. It may sound cliché, but every little bit really does help!
And don’t be afraid to ask questions respectfully – most adoptive families are happy to answer even your toughest questions, and share their amazing testimonies.
To find out how you can help during National Adoption Month and all year round, please visit:
You can also get in touch with your local state Adoptive & Foster Care Agencies to find out more about the steps it takes to get approved for adoption or foster care.
“Adoption is the most difficult, challenging, and life-changing thing we have ever attempted… However, it has more importantly, been the biggest blessing, most rewarding, and greatest fulfillment of love we have received.
The Bible says that ‘God puts the lonely in families’ (Psalm 68:6), and that is what initially began our journey into the world of adoption. However, we quickly discovered that adoption wasn’t just a way to build our family, but rather a life-long ministry that fulfilled a mutual need for love in our hearts, and in the hearts of our children.
Doing God’s will and His work here on earth is addicting – even when it’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done. We get to see His biggest miracles, receive the greatest grace, and experience the depth of His Love in a way we never imagined. This journey has taken us to hard & wonderful places we never imagined. Our faith is tested, strengthened and proven – time and time again. We will never be the same again, and we will never look back.
If it weren’t for the ministry of our local non-profit agency HOPE INC Hawaii, I don’t believe we would have been completely prepared mentally, physically or spiritually for adoption. But the patient examples of sacrifice and unconditional love modeled by HOPE INC, have taught us more than we can ever express. HOPE INC doesn’t just place children in need with parents – they actually help build and support ‘real’ families that will last generation after generation.
Please join us during National Adoption Month in prayer and the support of children, orphans, adoptive families, churches & other non-profit agencies like HOPE INC Hawaii who are actively seeking out ways to become the hands & feet of Jesus.
And who knows, perhaps you will be next to experience first hand the thrill of adoption for yourself!”