May 15, 2013 |
Inside Out 103: International Adoption
Twelve percent of the children in Sub-Saharan Africa fit into this description. That’s 48.3 million children.
In Asia there are 73.7 million orphans. In Latin America and the Caribbean the number is 10.7 million.
Over 15 million children have lost a parent to AIDS. By the year 2010, that number is expected to reach 20 million.
The need for solutions in this crisis is clear, and adopting orphans into loving families is a beautiful one. Those who enter into international adoption, however, should be ready to face a range of emotions. “Orphan care and adoption bring with them vulnerable hope, heart-wrenching sorrow and splendid joy. Each of these brings temptation to turn away from God--and precious opportunity to draw near to Him," says Kristin Swick Wong, author of Carried Safely Home and our guest on this edition of Inside Out.
“When Phil and I started our adoption journey, we expected too little. Too little heartbreak and too little joy,” says Wong. What can be a difficult road, however, provides families the privilege of acting on behalf of the weak, drawing close to the broken-hearted and meeting Jesus in the middle of it all.
“Our lives have been changed. Our hearts have been expanded,” she says. “And we wouldn't have it any other way.”
Join us for this conversation about international adoption and God's work in the hearts of those who adopt . . . and even those who do not.
Kristin Swick Wong has been published in Adoption Today, World Magazine, FamilyLife, and Today's Christian Woman. She and her husband Phil are the parents of two daughters by birth and two sons by adoption.