I'd like to address a question that was asked under comments on the last post. It is a great question and I hope I can point you in the right direction.
Q: "If we are unable to adopt at this time, what can we do? I ask this honestly, wanting to know what someone who can't adopt might be able to do to help this situation."
A: I understand not everyone is called to adopt. I totally do. Although I do think many people are called but come up with every excuse not to answer the call (I can say this because I did it myself....I thought of every good reason we could not/should not to adopt....but in the end God won...and thanks to his persistence, so did we). Obviously it's not up to me to decide who is or is not called to adopt and I don't want to come off sounding like I think everyone should adopt, because I certainly don't. I do think more Christians who ARE able AND called should step up. With that being said, if you do not feel called to adopt or are not in a position to adopt or have gotten a "wait" answer from God, there are CERTAINLY things you can do to help the orphan crisis.
1. The biggest way to help is to PRAY. Choose an orphan and pray every day for the safety and health of that child and that he/she would find a family SOON. If you don't know where to start, look HERE
2. ADVOCATE. Use your blog or facebook or email or word of mouth to let others know of children in need and of the orphan crisis in general. Share stories you've read on blogs. Share Carrington's story with others. You never know when you're planting a seed that will grow inside someone else. Every conversation you have has the ability to plant a seed in others and maybe through your word of mouth you will be the reason another family decides to adopt.
3. SUPPORT other families who CAN and ARE adopting. You can do this through prayer and through financial donations. You can SPONSOR ANY FAMILY IN THE PROCESS OF ADOPTING or you can CHOOSE TO DONATE TO A CHILD WHO IS STILL IN NEED OF A FAMILY. These donations are tax deductible. It can be any amount, every penny counts.
My goal of the last post, in addition to asking for prayers for the Burmans, was to get others fired up...yes for orphans, but also to find their passion, for ANYTHING. There are so many good causes in this world. Orphans happen to be my passion. I understand not everyone shares that passion or feels as convicted as I do to help orphans. But find your passion, your CAUSE, your WAY TO HELP others who need it in this world.....and do something to make a difference. When I said, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? My hope was to empower you and feel moved to look outside the comfort of your own life and move your heart from the safe and comfortable life many of us live to a life of complete surrender and service. I still need to take my own advice on this one many days.