Archive for April, 2011

Getting Closer

The Current CavConfiguration

We recently contacted our agency to mention that we were becoming more open to adopting a slightly older child.  We were asking about the process required to make that happen.

We learned that the agency has just received the paperwork for 14 children needing parents.  Since we are number 6 in line, depending on the ages of the children, we may get a referral.  So be praying.


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The recent increase of adoptions among evangelicals has caught the eye of The Nation.  They have an interesting article on the subject.  It is also a frustrating article on the subject.

What catches their eye is evangelicals that break the rules.  The case in Haiti in particular.  That is a particularly difficult case since it was on the heels of a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.  The issues and details are cloudy, so I’m not tossing her under the bus.  There is corruption in many places and abuses can take place.  That is a human problem, not merely an “evangelical” problem.  Even when someone like Brian Luwis from America World Adoption Agency (we adopted our first adoptive child thru them and I even wore the hat this morning) is interviewed, the focus is on the abberitions.  He, Russell Moore and Dan Cruver of Together for Adoption have many positive things to say.  But most of what is recorded seems intended to cast the movement in a possible light (like the term ‘crusade’).

“… now-commonplace Christian adoption rhetoric…”

I didn’t like that the author called my convictions (beliefs that grip me) rhetoric.  Adoption is one of the main metaphors in Scripture that helps us to understand salvation.  Maybe I’m just missing something but to call it rhetoric is ignorant rhetoric.  It shows the author doesn’t really understand us or the Scriptures.


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When I posted “#6” on my Facebook status last week, I bet a number of people thought I was referring to the number of losses the Red Sox had since coincidentally their losing streak went to 6 that same day.  No one asked what I meant.  Maybe they just chalked it up to my eccentricities.  But here is the lowdown.

We recently asked the adoption agency for our place in line (though I guess we might still be the last in line which gets me to thinking), we were informed our place was #6.  There are variables that exist in all of this.  Each of the 5 families in front of us will have different preferences (older kids, younger kids, only girls, etc.).  So, it is possible we may pass some of them (I think) since we have no expressed preferences for gender.

The orphanage has a far greater capacity than is currently being used.  But some government officials recently visited the facility and it looks like they may be giving the orphanage more referrals in the near future.  Most of the children there now are in the 3-5 year-old range.  Most people want younger children.  Which led me to ask the next question.

“Do you teach the children basic English?”  I wondered this for 2 reasons.  First, since the agency owns/runs the orphanage it would seem likely that all/most of the children would be coming to America if adopted.  2nd, even though our son seemed to understand English, his inability to communicate with us amplified the frustration on both sides of the equation.  If they taught the kids basic English, I’m be more likely to bump up the age limit for the kid(s) we adopt.

This is one of the things they want to do, but have been unable to implement thus far.  English-speakers are hard to find in the DRC  The more immediate priority, financially, is providing a vehicle for the use of the orphanage particularly the director.  This would make her life far easier regarding medical appointments, getting supplies etc.

So, if you like teaching ESL, and want to teach orphans in the Congo… let our agency know.  If you have money toward a vehicle for the orpahange … let our agency know.

We’d appreciate prayer as we work through the possibility of adopting one (or 2) of those 3-5 year-olds.  We want to be wise, though the transition will be difficult no matter what age the child is unless they are a newborn.

Here’s what I was thinking of … the late Ronnie James Dio from the mid-80’s.  The Last in Line.

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