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I’ve been asked to stand up in church on Orphan Sunday and discuss our experience with adoption, and more importantly, living outside of what people view as the “norm” for a family in today’s society. I’m supposed to discuss how our decision to become a family of nine was made through Jesus Christ. This “talk” (I’m channeling my LDS friends out there) has to be “lean and mean”, not mean like cruel, just straight to the point. We attend a local “mega church”, which has hundreds of people in attendance every Sunday. It’s huge for our busy Pastor to acknowledge a “special sunday”. There are only 52 Sundays in the year, he uses them to focus on worship and spiritual growth, there is rarely an acknowledgement of a special Sunday that isn’t faith related. Mother’s Day gets a mention, but it’s usually limited to “Happy Mother’s Day”. So, this is huge that I’m being allowed to do this. I’m so honored, and more than a little nervous.
Here’s my issue. I need to narrow down my focus. There are SO many things about our journey that I would like to say. But, for those of you who are adopting, have adopted, or are orphan advocates through other areas, what would inspire you? I don’t want to limit my talk to discussing our adoptions, that isn’t what this is about. I want to inspire people to take action. There are an estimated 147 million orphans in the world. This doesn’t mean that 147 million children are available for adoption. This number means that there are 147 million living with one or no parents, in developing nations, where food, water and school are huge concerns. This means there are 147 million children that need us to step up and advocate for them. Whether you do that through adoption, sponsorship or active volunteering, they need us. This is the overall tone for what I would like to get across.
Is there anything you feel is very important for me to add? I need all the input I can get.
who is looking for inspiration.