I was Thirsty

Water

We have an abundance of clean water in Idaho.  I never worry about my children getting sick from the water that comes from my faucets.  I wash laundry, take showers, and even water my gardens.  Can you imagine needing to grow your own food, but not having enough water to produce abundant crops?

Let’s go a little deeper.  Can you imagine being an older widow whose children are dying of AIDS, malaria, or other illnesses, leaving their children in your care?  You are a grandmother now trying to feed multiple grandchildren, but having only very meager means to do so.

What happens to the children?  As they get older, they may make their way to the streets in the hope of finding food.  They may never come home to you.

If this were me, I would be desperate to feed my grandchildren.  Desperate.

Tuesday Topic: Christmas Joy-Loving Our Children While Loving Others

This week’s Tuesday Topic comes from Mary who writes,

We are a new foster family.  Over the last year our hearts and minds have been challenged by the orphan and God’s love for the oppressed.  My husband and I wonder how we missed it for so long!  We have been so wrapped up in self and “our family”.

As your family has grown and as you all have been awakened to a world that God loves and asks us to love also, do you have any suggestions on how to balance all of this, especially at Christmas?  We all have limited funds, so how do we make spending choices that love and cherish our children, but love and cherish others as well?

This is a great topic as we head into Advent and the Christmas season.  How do you find the balance?

I would love to see us get some dialogue going — so bring it on.  How do you balance this in your families? As Mary so nicely put it, how do you love and cherish your children while loving and cherishing others?

Lisa

Tuesday Topic: Is Our Family Ready to Adopt an Older Child?

This week’s Tuesday Topic comes from Suzanne.  Her question is long, but I don’t want to leave out any details so you can offer your thoughts with as much clarity as possible.  Please take a moment to respond, even if you don’t feel “qualified”; your words may be exceedingly helpful to Suzanne and her husband as they face a life-changing decision.

We have two children that are ours by birth, a son who’s 9 and a daughter who’s 5.  We’ve been fostering for about a year and half, and currently we have two foster children, a boy who’s 3 and a baby girl who’s almost 11 months.  It looks fairly positive that we will be adopting these two within a few months.   They will, barring any new complications, be eligible for adoption by the end of the year, and we can finalize soon after that.

The complication is that they have an older sister that was placed separately.

Tuesday Topic: Is International Adoption the Right Response?

Dimples at the orphanage -- Fall 2006

This question comes from Renee who asks:

My husband and I did not enter into international adoption lightly; in fact we gave it *much* thought. In the end it seemed right, and we felt it was where the Lord was leading us. I still wonder though, even after bringing our son home, whether it was in fact the right thing to do. To take him out of his home country. To perpetuate the cycle of westerners swooping in and carrying children away, instead of putting our money toward programs that could help to break the cycle and keep children in their families of origin.

Madison's Run

Not many teens get up on a hot Saturday morning and run 12 miles in preparation for a  race to benefit orphans.  My friend, Signe, has a wonderful daughter who is running a half marathon to raise money for HIV+ children in Ethiopia.  Specifically, she is hoping to provide a refrigerator for Lola orphanage and  fund a grant for the adoption of an older HIV+ child.

You can donate to her cause with a few clicks through Network for Good.  I finally made my donation this morning — with only one week to go until her race, don’t delay if you feel prompted to encourage her and support her cause.  Let’s make sure Madison has great success as she chooses to love others more than herself.

This is what Madie had to say on August 2nd (I stole it from her mom’s blog):

“Hey everyone, it’s Madie. I am half way through my training, which means race day is only a month from now. I have raised $220, and I am very grateful to the people who donated and are supporting me in this run. Thank you!

I am running this race because I want to help kids in Ethiopia who don’t have lots of the things they need to live. I have not been to Ethiopia, but I have two adopted siblings that I love very much, and it makes me sad to know that there are many sweet children just like them who don’t have homes or family to love them.  While doing my 10 mile run the other day I kept telling myself the goal is to finish without stopping. And then I realized that we often set goals for ourselves, and we think about our future. But these kids don’t really worry about what college they are going to or what they want to be when they grow up, they think of how they are going to get through this day.  Someday I hope to go to Ethiopia and actually give some of my time to these kids and help them in their schooling, so that they can set goals for themselves and become doctors or therapists or what ever they choose. My goal for this race is to raise money to help these kids so that they can have a brighter future. ~ Thanks, Madie”

If you would like to donate to Madie’s run you can send a check to From HIV to Home, PO Box 19212, Denver, CO 80219, or give online through the Network for Good page. Let them know it is for Madison’s run.

You can read more about her run on this update and be sure to follow Signe’s blog as race day approaches.

~Lisa