Friday, October 28, 2011

Adoption ... redefined...

Adoption... it's such a buzz word these days. What I find kinda humorous is that people in Zambia have NO IDEA that there are so many Americans wanting to adopt. It's kinda strange to step out of one culture (the adoption/orphan care world) and step into another culture (one ravished with disease, poverty, and many orphans). It's like one world was made to penetrate the other, only the need is so deep and so wide, that it never fully will.

I used to think that Adoption was something that was concrete, set in stone, legal.... acknowledge by the governments. But what I'm finding is that adoption can be different than that, especially in this culture... actually is just what's in your heart... how it overflows from love of the father onto children around you in need. It's CHOOSING, TAKING IN, ACCEPTING, MAKING

While many... no most... maybe none... of these children will ever be a McB on paper... I'm certain that they will feel CHOSEN, TAKEN IN, ACCEPTED, AND part of US... OUR FAMILY. There surely is power in that... and it sounds like adoption... with a different face.

1. To take into one's family through legal means and raise as one's own child.
a. To take and follow (a course of action, for example) by choice or assent: adopt a new technique.
b. To take up and make one's own: adopt a new idea.
3. To take on or assume: adopted an air of importance.
4. To vote to accept: adopt a resolution.
5. To choose as standard or required in a course: adopt a new line of English textbooks.



  1. So true about the culture 'thing' - Who is your adoption agency? (if you have one)

  2. It is SOOO good to see you write this. I knew this would happen. It is so funny, but I have felt this way ever since God lead us to start our outreach ministry in our hometown. There have been kids live with us, visit for time, call us with problems, depend on us, and now LOVE us as we love them. I would DIE for any of them and they are mine. It is so cool to watch God work in our hearts here the EXACT same way He is work on yours on opposite side of the world. Love you girly and will continue to pray for you all.

  3. Love it, McBride!! Great Post!

  4. I LOVE this. Adoption is God's work for sure.