If you have adopted from China and keep up with current events/trends/news articles then you may have seen some recent articles about baby trafficing in China. there have been articles before but these articles have some outrageous claims on the number of adopted children that have actually have been stolen then trafficked for profit. these reports have upset me for obvious reasons,since we have two adopted daughters from China. The writers of one particular article claims huge numbers of stolen children without the proof to back his claims.
These claims may have results that some may not realize
-the focus maybe shifted from helping the children left behind
-adopted families will carry unwarranted shame
-orphans will never be adopted because families will fear that they were stolen and they will remain orphaned
-people will stop donating to awesome organizations like Show Hope,Love Without Boundaries,Half the Sky and others
-China will close it's doors to IA
-those working in the world of adoption will be doubted and scorned
I am not a fool I know there is corruption in the world of adoption. For some it is a business.But honestly I have met the most gracious, generous, Jesus loving people in the world of adoption. If shame shrouds adoption as it did it past,children will be the ones to suffer, either because they are left in the orphanages or because those who are adopted will be judged by something they had nothing to do with,there beginning. It seems that in everything pendulums swing from side to side, whether it is in the church, education, politics, fashion, and now adoption. Years ago adoptions were kept secret, shame and guilt was the result for many. I know that adoption is the call for all of God's children. HE adopted us and HE calls us to adopt. I pray that man does not corrupt what God calls the true religion. James 1:27
I am wondering what are your thoughts? Adoption for me is so very personal, my adoption in Christ and His gift of the adoption of our two daughters.
Photo from Mary Beth Chapman's trip to open Maria's Big House of Hope
Christmas Eve 2007
Our Christmas gift was Cali's referral!
Cali is home!!
Mommy and Lily 6/9/08
CALI'S FIRST PHOTO !
Can Cali be any cuter?
Look at that pout-we are in trouble! 6/19/2008
Maybe she is looking for us-we'll be there soon!
A helping hand
Lily at the beach
life is good!
Our journey of a thousand miles began with one step...
We are so very happy to announce the addition of our newest daughter, Cali Christine. We felt strongly that Cali have a family name so we chose Christine, Greg's maternal grandmother's name. Cali is a beautiful 22 month old (DOB 10/12/2006). She is from the Fujian Province of China. She is being cared for in the Xiamen SWI orphanage.Fujian is a southern coastal province of China. As we are about to embark on another incredible journey of adoption from China we ask that you come beside as prayer partners. We pray for Cali, her caretakers, her biological family, and the other children that are still waiting for their forever families. We thank you in advance for the blanket of prayers that you will place over our family. Funny 20 years ago when Greg and I got married our wedding invitations were inscribed with "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" How were we to know then how tied we would be to this ancient Chinese saying. Cali has a cleft lip and a cleft palate. She has had one surgery in China. Her follow up surgeries will be done at UNC Medical center. I have heard the staff there are just incredible. How blessed we are to be so close to such a great medical center. We hope to travel this summer but international adoption always has an element of uncertainty as far as travel dates. We ofcourse will keep you posted.
Cali's Gotcha Day was September 1, 2008
wonder why we adopt?.. love, jody (to listen-pause the music in the pink box below)
Every call has a beginning A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother's heart A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey set before him. A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns....... Casting its first light on a chosen threshold. A gentle knock...a closed door opens. A sacred invitation sent by the Father... Leads to the other side of the world. Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows Praying for someone to care.... And then one morning, On an ordinary day An orphan's life changes...... God sends them a second chance........Through YOU.....
Peter and Lily goofing around.
Legacy of the Adopted Child Author Unknown
Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remember the other you call Mother Two different lives shaped to make you one One became your guidingstarthe other became your sun first one gave you life and the second taught you to live it The first gave you a need for love The second was there to give it One gave you a nationality The other gave you a name One gave you a talent The other gave you aim One gave you emotions The other calmed your fears One saw your first sweet smile The other dried your tears One sought for you a home that she could not provide The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied And now you ask me through your tears The age old question unanswered through the years Heredity or environment which are you a product of? Neither my darling neither, just two different kinds of Love.