phi●lan●thro●py |fəˈlanθrəpē|: the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes.
“benevolence, generosity, humanitarianism,public-spiritedness, altruism, social conscience, charitableness,brotherly love, compassion, fellow feeling,humanity, kindheartedness, unselfishness, magnanimity, munificence, liberality,largesse, openhandedness, bountifulness,beneficence”
Most people first assume that if you are adopting, that you are infertile. That is not the case with us. Adoption is our primary choice.
Jamie and I have been talking about adoption for a few years now. Especially since I travelled to Rwanda in 2008 to teach sewing classes to a group of teenage girls, most of whom were survivors of the genocide. On more than one occasion, mothers tried to hand me their babies. Desperation in their eyes.
A seed had been planted; a desire solidified.
Then in the summer of 2010, adoption was coming up in our conversation more frequently, the idea getting louder and clearer in our minds and hearts. We began to research, and were being pulled by what we were learning.
After much prayer and more research, we just decided to go for it.
We can do something–provide a home, a secure future and a loving family. We can make a difference in one child’s life. And hoo knows…just maybe they’ll make a difference in ours?
“External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)