Lyndsie and I first spoke of adoption when we were just high school sweethearts dating in a small town in southeast VA. Five years passed by in a blur and we returned to that small town to get married. We then started life together in a basement apartment in the suburbs of Chicago and soon conversations about our desire to adopt resumed. We began saving a little money each month and tracking it on a small 3x5 notecard.
Then life happened. We moved three times and had two children. We began to feel settled in Mississippi and once again adoption reentered our conversations. But this time was different. We now believed we were ready to begin the process. Then Lyndsie started having health issues. After several doctor visits and switching medications we were blessed with a surprise. We learned baby #3 was on her way. And although excited, this meant that once again adoption would have to wait.
Months passed and we made a life shifting change and joined Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, MS. It was through our pastor’s teaching that we began to process how we could impact the nations for His glory through adoption. Then came Orphan Sunday. It was during this Sunday morning service that we knew we needed to take action. We came to realize that our desire to adopt was more than a notion Lyndsie and I contrived. It was no longer something we felt we should do because we thought we were capable and willing. It was no longer something that simply gave us warm fuzzies and made us feel good about ourselves. We knew now that adoption was not only a desire that God put on our hearts, but that He was clearly calling us and calls all Christians to defend the fatherless and bring hope to the nations.
Yes, adoption is obeying the command in the book of James to care for widows and orphans. But what impacted me the most was the realization that I am adopted. As a follower of Christ, I have been adopted into the family of God. And as it says in Romans 8, I am an heir. I am not simply an “adopted” child of God. I am not a second class citizen of heaven. I am an heir. He has given me full access to His love and grace and I am His. Forever. That is what we want to live out in our family as we adopt a young boy from India. We desire to live out the truest representation of what God did for us and to bring that young boy into our home as an heir. As a first class child in the Griffiths home. Our son.
We ask that you would join us in this journey to live out the Great Commission in this most powerful way. We need your support. We need your prayers. We need your encouragement through emails, texts, phone calls, messages on this site, and hugs if and when you see us. But we also need your financial support. We knew when we started this process that we did not have enough saved to make this a reality. We have recently been awarded a matching grant of $7,000 through Hearts of Compassion, partnered with Lifesong for Orphans. This means that every dollar donated to our fund up to $7,000 will be doubled. We ask that you would join us in showing our son love. We are advocating for a fatherless child and we need your help to bring him home.
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