(photo cred: Pinelake)
November 8// Orphan Sunday
Y'all.. I felt that this was a great way to get back into blogging. Today at Pinelake Oxford, we celebrated all of the Orphan children that have been given forever homes and those that are still waiting for that precious day. 153 Million Orphans are waiting to be claimed.
I have always had a special place in my heart for adoption in thinking that it was a GREAT thing for couples to do, especially when they couldn't have children of their own. I knew that wasn't the only time that couples adopted but I felt that was the majority of the reason why.
Today was awesome in seeing that MANY couples already have their own children and have prayed that God would complete their families. Man.. what an awesome opportunity. Our pastor at Pinelake Oxford, Jody and his family, adopted a precious girl from Ethiopia that I get the pleasure of keeping in Sunday School on Sunday mornings. This girl has the biggest smile on her face and I can tell that God had a magical plan for her life even before she was born.
Adoption is life-changing for the orphan and for the family that is willing to bring in someone of often another race, culture, etc and God puts it all together for his glory. Wow! What a destiny!
I'm not sure what adoption will look like for me in the future but I know that it's something that we all can play a part in. Praying for, supporting and adopting these children into homes that will grow them in Jesus sure makes a lot of since to me!
Today a sweet lady came up to me with tears in her eyes, and being a Kindergarten teacher herself says, " We know about adoption and these kids, we see it everyday."
So for now, being a teacher and "adopting" these kiddos into my life and heart is my purpose during this season of my life.
One of my favorite adoption stories that I found a couple of years ago.
God is such a good father to the fatherless!