One third of evangelical Christians say they’ve considered adoption. Yet somehow, less than 1% percent ever follow through. While I’m sure there are many different reasons, many will say that the $20,000 – $40,000 cost is too overwhelming.
Many simply give up there. That breaks my heart because I’ve done the math.
For 32% of 2.1 million evangelical Christians represent 672,000 never-pursued adoptions.
When my husband and I began our adoption of Luke & Beza from Ethiopia we had just finished the final step in becoming debt free. It was an eight-year journey but we had finally paid off our last debt, the house. That freed up quite a bit of money and was how we planned to cover the costs of our adoption. Two months later our income was cut to a third and we had no idea how we were going to come up with $28,000 we would need. It was tempting to look for an easy out, but we had made a promise not only to ourselves, but to God. So we stayed the course and told God that if we were going to do this adoption debt-free, he was going to have to help us out.
We certainly experienced some miracles along the way, as do many others, but we also put in a lot of hard work. Born out of that journey was a passion for encouraging others and showing them that with some brainpower, creativity, and sometimes muscle, there are tons of ways to raise money for adoption.
I’ve been interviewing adoptive parents and compiling ideas for several months for a book on just this subject. I am inspired and amazed by some of the ideas I’ve come across, and stories of how couples have been supported by their friends, family and community.
I’m excited to be presenting some of this information in a breakout session at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VII conference titled “Creative Fundraising for Adoptions”. The conference is May 12-13 in Louisville, KY. For more info you can visit their web site.