Hanging on the side of our refrigerator is a magnetic whiteboard which serves as our family’s prayer list.
Most of our prayer requests fall into three categories:
1) Children who desperately need families.
2) Families whose hearts are wide open to adopt them, but don’t qualify.
3) Families who qualify to adopt them, but whose hearts are not open.
Did you know that although 33% of Christians consider adoption, only 1% actually adopt?
My guess is that at least half of you who are reading this qualify to adopt Tommy. I can confidently promise you that if you are his family, he will never put strychnine in your well or burn you to a crisp in your beds.
Friends, almost a month has been lost.
What is it you are afraid of? Can we talk about it? You will become a red alert high priority. firstname.lastname@example.org
Or would you email Shelley Bedford with your questions? She is extremely knowledgeable and will be happy to answer any questions she can! email@example.com
I have three blunt questions for you, if you are qualified but unwilling–
Are the things you fear really more important than the life of this almost sixteen-year-old boy?
If you were in his place, would you think those things were more important?
Could you look him in the eye and tell him that yourself?
We’re still waiting for the email that says, “TOMMY HAS A FAMILY!!!!!!!”
At this point, to be completely open, I’m praying that my heavenly Father keeps me from becoming bitter about so many qualified but unwilling parents in the face of such desperate need. And deliberately and determinedly believing that God can provide a family for the boy with the million-dollar smile, even if I never see any evidence of it.
He can provide a qualified family to love Tommy and do whatever it takes to bring him home.
I am praising my God, because He can provide!