I recently stumbled across this video online from the I Like Giving website (here is their Facebook page). The Dennehy family has opened their hearts and their home to adopt nine children from around the world, most of them with special needs. This is an incredible story of how unconditional love can turn what on the surface appears to be tragic circumstances into amazing joy. Watch this video…just keep the tissues nearby.
We have been given an incredible gift in America: the opportunity to have wealth beyond the wildest dreams of most of the world’s population. In fact the class warfare in America between the 99% and the 1% is laughable to the rest of the world who look at everyone in America as the true 1%. The “poor” in America are still among the richest in the world by global standards. Yet, what have we done with our wealth (me included)? Mostly we have squandered it on ourselves, on things we don’t need, on things that will rust and break and be thrown in the trash tomorrow (Matthew 6:19-21). How much better would the world be if Americans made it their mission to adopt every unwanted child in the world? Who knows whether the next Einstein, or Martin Luther King, or Mozart might come from an adoption situation. If that child was left to scrape by in a third-world orphanage the rest of the world will have been deprived of their gifts and their influence.
If you are a Christian then you already know about the amazing gift of being adopted (Galatians 4:4-7) as a child of God. As Christians we have also been commanded to take care of those in need, and specifically for widows and orphans (James 1:27). There are many ways you can help. You can open your home and your family to adoption, or you can become an adoption resource for others by donating your time to help with adoption groups, or donating your money to friends (or even strangers) who are trying to adopt. Let the Dennehy’s story inspire you to action one way or the other. Then share your own adoption story with others, and help change the world one child at a time. If you’ve got an adoption story you’d like to share, or a way for others to help with adoption please leave a comment.