We’ve been asked this quite a bit. Really, we’ve got two really clear reasons. One is really practical. The other is spiritual, a sense of calling.
First, the practical.
Although estimates vary, around eighteen million children worldwide have lost both of their parents and an additional eight million live in institutional care or orphanages. The numbers on kids emerging from institutions are staggering and sad-according to some estimates, 60% of girls leaving institutional care become prostitutes and 70% of boys become criminals. Another study estimates that 10-15% commit suicide. There are a staggering number of children in need of a home, and we’ve got an extra bedroom and some ridiculously doting grandparents.
Second, the calling.
Let’s talk about the metaphor first. We believe that adoption is a beautiful picture of the gospel. One of the most scandalous and beautiful aspects of the Bible is God’s insistence on calling us His kids. Romans 8 and Galatians 4 both have beautiful passages about our adoption as God’s children.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” – Romans 8:14-15
That’s the most important part: that we can adopt with love and gratitude because we have been adopted. And man, how He cares for the fatherless.
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.” -Psalm 10:14
That’s not it, though. God makes it pretty clear that we’re supposed to care for orphans.
“Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.” -Isaiah 1:17
Add all that to the excitement of expanding our family and you’ve got our story. We can’t wait to have another little one tromping around here in his jammies, giggling and dancing with his big sister. So excited.