As we have begun to investigate agencies and read requirements for different countries for our own adoptions, we have been more in the loop with international news involving those countries from which we could adopt.
We rejoice with encouraging news we hear from our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. When members of our church come back with tales from abroad, our hearts long to travel there. (Check out the ministry we are associated with here: http://www.indigenousoutreach.net)
On the other hand, the horrors that have been going on in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to devastate us.
And the recent news of the Russian anti-American adoption bill has left us heartbroken. I’ve been reading article after article about the bill trying to wrap my head around it:
This has a clip to watch that gives a good overview of the happenings. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec12/adoption_12-27.html
This one shares how there are 46 families well underway in the adoption process whose cases must stay in Russia. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/us-russia-usa-adoptions-putin-idUSBRE8BQ06K20121228
This CNN article gives a little glimpse as to why Putin signed the bill. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/28/world/europe/russia-us-adoptions/index.html?eref=edition&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=cnni
John McCain spoke up about this bill. http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=e2081fd6-ee11-2fe8-8f6c-1fb5cf0456c9
This Washington Post article shares how Americans are viewed to some Russians and why they support this bill. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/28/the-real-reason-russia-wants-to-ban-adoptions-by-dangerous-american-families/
Here is a blog I found about a family who has adopted from Russia and is trying to do what they can about this bill. http://goodtimesdelgadostyle.blogspot.com/2012/12/russia-banned-adoptions-to-us.html
And finally, this is a precious blog I stumbled upon about a families plea to Putin to allow their siblings to come home. http://impassionedpurity.blogspot.com/2012/12/dear-president-putin.html
All in all, as we read and hear more about grievous bill may it spur us on to action for orphans. May we, as the church, speak up for those whose voice is not heard. May we be the light we are called to be. May we pray for those who do not know the love of a mother and father, sister and brother. May we go out into our communities and share the gospel and truly care for the least of these, near and far. May our adoption into the body of Christ as sons and daughters of God continually remind us talk about adoption and help the millions of orphans around the world.