It wasn’t a popcorn type of movie. It wasn’t a movie at all. It was a documentary and I was there because my friends told me I’d love it.
And I did.
For an hour and a half I sat among bawling friends as we learned more about the challenges of international adoption. We heard success stories and horror stories. We saw pictures and watched videos. We heard testimonies from parents, government officials, children, and lawyers. We learned new vocabulary, asked questions, and cried.
The idea behind Both Ends Burning is that there are children all around the world burning and yearning to have a family. Likewise, there are families burning and yearning to have children. Both ends of the spectrum are burning. Yet the broken system has separated so many of these children from their forever families.
Members of the US government have said the number of children stuck is not significant enough to make them a priority.
Even if there was only one child, it should be a priority. The right to a love and a family is a basic human need.
But there are 10,000,000 children on the streets worldwide–potentially more.
This is not ok.
Will you join me in speaking up for those who are not given the chance to speak for themselves?
Consider if adoption is right for your family or support families who are adopting.
These children matter.
In American Sign Language, there’s no sign for “orphan.” Instead, it’s signed “children without parents.” What if we didn’t need the word “orphan” in English because there were no children without parents?
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of god and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:14-17
What are you looking for?