Sunday, April 13, 2014

Number 119

A few weeks ago the adoption stats came out on the .gov website. I've been looking over those numbers since we began our journey. There's information on each country, updates, and the most profound tidbit are the numbers.

Only 119 children were adopted to the US from India in 2013. Compared to 2306 from China and 993 from Ethiopia. International adoptions are down overall but in India the numbers keep dropping...

I truly believe orphans in India are forgotten ones - and that makes my heart sad. India is extremely difficult to adopt from but is it worth it? Are these children worth it?

Absolutely! Someone has to be willing to fight for them. To do the hard work.

Here is Mr #119, or at least I'm assuming he was the last one to slip in since we stepped foot on American soil December 24th. Adoption is hard. Indian adoptions are excruciatingly painful - the unknowns, the delays, the waiting, the every-city/region-has-different-procedures-that-change-every-time-you-blink-rule.....IT WAS ALL SO HARD. But HE so, so was worth it!





Someone has to be willing to fight the good fight, and step in and do the hard work. Is that someone you?

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37) I read this recently and thought of the harvest we reaped through adoption! The blessings we've received are too great to count! I can't imagine what we might have missed had we said No to adoption. I can't fathom missing out on this precious little boy but to also miss all the goodness God bestowed upon us during the hardest of times and the most joyful of times. Those are the blessings I'm thankful I will be able to count from now until eternity. 

10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Solidifies our calling to India! Gives me confidence to keep up the HARD WORK. Someone has to fight for them!!! He is too precious for words!

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    1. So thankful for those willing to fight for Gof's chosen people!

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  2. Can I ask what adoption agency you used?

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    1. What is your email address?

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  4. Your post are very timely, we have been going through some of those changes that happen when you blink. This post was uplifting at the right time for my wife and I.

    Thanks, Kev & Ing

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    1. Glad to help. I am praying for your family.

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  5. I am writing a paper on the difficulties of adopting from India and I was reading the stats of adoption from India and it makes me so sad to see them dropping. I read your blog a few months ago and still follow up, it is so touching. Thank you so much for being so inspiring!

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    1. You're welcome! Glad to help - and thank you for bringing light to this as well. So many children are waiting to find their families and it's so unnecessary! It breaks my heart.

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