Sunday, August 22, 2010

Children Waiting to Be Adopted

My heart is aching for the world’s waiting orphans today. My mind just cannot stop thinking about the many children waiting for families. I am consumed and overwhelmed by the thought of overcrowded orphanages in our world, with children of every age and every color waiting to feel the loving arms of a mother’s hug. Waiting to feel the strong grasp of a father’s hand holding theirs. Waiting to go to Grandma’s house to smell the sweet aroma of warm apple pie cooking. Waiting to be tucked in at night by someone who loves them deeply. Most of us know what these warm family moments feel like. But there are children who don’t have a family. Imagine that. No mom. No dad. No sense of being loved or learning to trust. Fending for themselves on the street, or living in orphanages.

There are SO MANY.

Below is a link to a few waiting children in Ethiopia….waiting, meaning they are paper ready for adoption and waiting for a family to put aside their inhibitions and fears and uncertainties and financial worries and say YES to adoption. Link to waiting children:

Also, in case you haven’t heard, there are MAJOR FINANCIAL BENEFITS to ADOPTING NOW! You can read about the new tax refund by clicking Here and Here. Or, just read the following paragraph if you want a quick synopsis of this AMAZING refund. I borrowed this segment off my friends' blog :

With the passing of the new Health Care Reform Bill, the government changed the adoption tax credit. The $13,170 is now FULLY REFUNDABLE (PER CHILD) the year after you finalize your adoption. This means the amount you get back is no longer dependent on how much money you paid in taxes. And there is no more 5-year window. The government will literally give you a check for $13,170 after you file your taxes the year after you finalize your adoption. If you adopt two kids, you will get $26,340 back. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!! And UNPRECENDENTED in the history of our country!! However, this new adoption tax refund is set to expire at the end of 2011 (it could be renewed, but there is no way of knowing if it will or not).

So, what are YOU waiting for?

Adoption is not just about couples who want children – or who want more children. Adoption is about an entire culture within our churches, a culture that sees adoption as part of our Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself. ~Adopted for Life by Russell Moore~

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