In case you're wondering what Toni does, I have a story to tell you. Part of Toni's job involves going to court and requesting children's files to list for adoption. Tonight, Toni told me, "Mandy, I have something to show you." So, once I had the boys settled, I headed back to the head of the table to see what my friend had brought. She had a stack of papers stapled together. She said, "These are all the lists of children I have ever had files for and the dates when they were requested." She then pointed to the top sheet the most recent list of children and begins to flip to the end of the stack. On the very bottom page she stops and she says, "This is my first list of children that I requested in 2007 and number 31 on that list is Ivaylo."
I could not stop the tears, friends. My boy was on the first list and hundreds of children have been chosen and come home. They get highlighted in yellow once they have a family, so tonight, Toni will go home and highlight Joseph and Samuel's names on her list. Why did I cry? My heart is so broken for my little man. For 5 years he waited on a list. He waited for someone to choose him. We are so blessed to be that family, but I have to be honest and say, "I am angry."
Who am I angry at? The church. That's right, myself included. These are children, children without parents, wasting away, their lights fading, while we collect gadgets and things and chase the latest stuff. When it's all said and done, God is not going to be pleased with the way the Church has handled the orphan crisis. I try not to guilt anyone, here, but I have to say, the guilt lies with us, as the body of Christ. My boy should not have been allowed to go unchosen, unseen for 5 years. What would he be today had someone (maybe us, maybe not) come quicker?
Please, don't leave me a comment about how he was waiting for our family and how God saved him for us. I am thrilled to pieces to be this boy's Mama, but I think that's a lousy excuse for inaction. God wants to set the lonely in families. The way He does that is by the Church being the hands and feet of Jesus. I promise you, if we don't go, then no one will.
Rise up, Church!
Pray, Adopt, Advocate, Support...Do Something!
Hidden in Christ,