Dear friends and family,
We hope that this letter finds you doing well. As some of you know, Cami and I have had a deep desire to adopt children internationally for the past six years or so. Well, as I type this letter, that desire is beginning to come to fruition. Last spring we began the process of identifying an adoption agency and looking into different countries where international adoption is a possibility. As spring turned into summer and summer turned into fall, we dived headfirst into a stacks and stacks of paperwork. Now, most of the official paperwork is complete and we waiting to be matched with two children from the country of Kyrgyzstan.
Why are we adopting? But before we go any further, we should probably take a moment to retrace some of the steps that have brought us to this point. The biggest question you probably have is, “Why are you adopting?”
That is a great question and answering it in full would take far too many pages. But, at the heart of our answer would be these three things: our own adoption, the massive need, and God’s loving heart.
First and foremost, the Bible teaches us that we have been adopted into God’s family through no merit of our own. God brought us into His family out of His own perfect and compassionate love. He gives us a seat at His table, He gives us His Name, and we share in His inheritance—all because of His great grace. We have been adopted.
Second, the need for adoption is absolutely massive. Researchers estimate a staggering 153 million orphans in the world who have lost one or both parents and most of these orphans are living in either orphanages or on the streets. When we talk about basic human needs—food, water, shelter, and meaningful relationships—these children, by and large, lack those things. And on top of that, these children are some of the most at risk for disease, malnutrition, exploitation, slavery, and death.
And these two things coalesce in the third reason: the heart of God. Throughout scripture God is the One who cares for those that are ostracized, forgotten, and exploited by society. He is called the “Father of the fathers and protector of widows” (Psalm 68:5). And He calls His Church to share His heart when He says through the apostle James, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).
So why are we adopting? We are adopting because the God of the universe, out of His great love, has called us His children through no doing of our own. And as His children, He calls us to mimic His heart for orphans. He calls us, and all Christians, to stare into the massive, staggering, and heart-breaking need of orphans around the world and address it with His love, His compassion, and His generosity. And for our particular family this means growing our family through adoption.
What are the details? The second biggest question you probably have is, “So what are the details? Where? How many? How old? What gender? How long is the process?”
As I stated above, we are pursuing adoption with the country of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan (pronounced kir-gi-stahn) is a small Central Asian country that is sandwiched between China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. It was formerly part of the Soviet Union, is about the size of South Dakota, and has a population of nearly six million people.
We have been approved to adopt two children under the age of four, of either gender. (However, our desire is to keep Karis, who turns four this June, as the oldest child in our family.) Generally, the process entire process (which we started last spring) takes about 18-24 months, but because we want two children, the process of getting a referral may take longer.
You can give online, but please note that STRIPE does charge an administrative fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to "Lifesong for Orphans". In the memo line please write "Ginn 5819", to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
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