He was crying, sobbing, but between the sobs I could make out him saying, "I want Mommy! I want Mommy!"
I carried him downstairs so he wouldn't wake up his older sister and brother. I held him, rocked him, and whispered over and over again, "Mommy's here. Mommy's here."
But, because children in need of families had been on our hearts so much lately, and we were praying about if adoption was something our family should pursue, as I held my toddler and he quieted, falling back to sleep in my arms, all I could think about were kids that wake up crying for a Mommy that never comes. I was grateful to be there to comfort my 2 year old, but my heart broke for kids just like him who wake up scared or hurt in the night without a Mommy to come to them.
Children need families. They need people they can count on to love them and be there for them for the rest of their lives.
I've heard the viewpoint that money spent on international adoptions would be better spent providing for the care of orphans in their home country and culture. Like, you could use that money to feed and medically care for several orphans, instead of just one. But, that argument ignores the fact that they'd still be orphans, and there is no price that you can put on a family. The best orphanage workers in the world cannot replace a family in a the life of a child.
November is National Adoption Month and this Sunday is Orphan Sunday.
There are over 145 million orphans in the world.
Are you the hope for 1? Is your church the hope for 50?
This post is part of the Moms' 30-Minute Blog Challenge.