We were orphans, adopted by God, and grafted into His family. In turn, we too are called to care for the orphan. This care can look vastly different to many people, but to us, it ultimately looked like this – God has placed on our hearts to pursue adoption. As every day we look at our life in Him and acknowledge that we are truly blessed, we want to respond in obedience and share our blessing in this way. We focus on love and hope, as He has given us a love and a new hope for the future.
For Sarah, it seems that she had always wanted to adopt, but it had become ‘real’ while in Uganda, where she had had a particularly moving experience.
On her last night in Kampala, as she walked down a barely lit street with her missionary friends something had caught her eye off on the side of the road. Unsure of what it was, she had paused to see if she could identify it. It was only when a car had passed with its headlights that she discovered that it was a very young street child, no more than about 2-3 years old. And as the lights passed, she saw that his hands were cupped and arms slightly extended – it appeared he was begging for food or money. Having never seen anything quite like this, a child on the side of a busy road in the dark, she hurriedly got some food from a nearby store and taken it over to offer to him. As if discovering a small child on the side of the road in the dark was not heartbreaking enough, no sooner had she put the food into his hands, he parted his hands, allowing the food to drop into his lap, and cupped his hands again, staring off into seemingly nowhere. Her missionary friend seeing this had informed her that more than likely, this little boy had been trained to beg for money, and if caught doing anything but that, like accepting and eating food, he would probably receive a severe punishment. Her heart broke for this little boy; she wanted to scoop him up in her arms and take him from there at that moment, but she knew she couldn’t. This memory has stayed with her and in reflection, she knew there were, and are, many others out there like him, in situations they cannot control, in need of a safe and loving environment. This was her eye opening initial experience to the plight of the orphan. Through further mission trip experiences, and seeing the myriad of needs around the world, it struck a deeper chord with her. Ever since that time, she knew in her heart that one day she would adopt a child.
Last year our church, McLean Bible Church, had hosted informational classes for members interested in adoption. We had signed up and attended the sessions. Upon conclusion, and after deep prayer, research and phone calls, we saw God clearing the way for us to move forward and begin this adoption journey. Due to the global Covid-19 situation, the process has been slow going with delays, but we are moving forward.
Based on our selected region, China, we anticipate our child will have mild to moderate special needs. We have also been approved for twins if we are matched with siblings. In so, there will be immediate financial needs – medical related, as soon as we arrive home with this child.
As noted earlier, caring for the orphan can appear different to different people. It may not be adoption, but if you would like to offer support, be it through prayer, donations, or financially, these are all a big, big part of caring, and would be much appreciated. As you are inclined to support financially, we are especially thankful to God and so grateful to Lifesong that we could be blessed with a matching grant gift from Mount Ararat Church in Stafford, VA, so your care gift will be doubled!
We invite you to join us on this wonderful and exciting journey!
As our old pastor used to say, when he spoke of those stepping out in obedience: God’s work, done God’s way, will never lack resource.
We are all very excited for what God has planned for our future with this new addition to our family, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
– Team Irwin
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