This post has been floating around in my head for quite a while. I’ve written it there several times and I am not sure if I will adequately explain how I feel or my reasoning..but here goes.
As we have worked closely with Zambia, Ethiopia, and through our adoption, we have experienced quite a bit of judgment from people.
I have been asked by complete strangers “why not adopt in the US?”. We have been told while working a hot dog stand (a fundraiser for Grassroots) by a lady that she would not buy one because she only supports causes for here.
That is only the start. I have had complete strangers tell that me that if they were ever to adopt they would do so in the US and start giving me statistics. I have had other people do similar things. I usually bite my tongue and try not to respond emotionally.
I honestly do not understand the very snarky attitude that some people (especially strangers) give me out of the blue.
Here is my question…Why do you (whomever you may be) think that it is a either ______ or _____?
We have never said that we only support people or causes internationally. In fact, that is quite contrary to our heart.
Most of the people that we know that are supporting international missions are also very generous with their time and money right where they are locally. Quite a few adoptive friends I know have also adopted domestically and work with social services.
But that’s really beside the point.
People serve and give where God has called them to and where he has placed their heart and passion. I have a friend whose passion is Guatemala. I don’t ask her why not Ethiopia or Zambia or US. God has placed a love in her heart for the Guatemalan people. That’s a huge part of serving—a passion and love for the people and country.
There’s enough judgment in the world. Let’s support each other instead. There is quite enough need to go around.