Some time ago, Shaun and his wife decided to be obedient to God's word in regards to the global orphan crisis. And, oh my. It is a crisis! I'll write more about the orphan crisis soon.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Anyhow, they thought they had six months to a year to come up with the many thousands of dollars it takes to adopt internationally. I've heard numbers such as $40,000, but I don't know if it will reach that high in Shaun's case. I can't imagine it being much less.
Yesterday, they picked up a four-year-old boy who needed immediate placement. All details have to stay under wrap, since it's an extremely unusual case. I can't wait to see what God has done!
Read more about it here: This Much I Can Tell You
And here are some excerpts from his post, for those of us who never have time for links. These excerpts aren't going to flow together, mind you, since this isn't all the post. I just chose a couple paragraphs:
The story of how he came to us is truly remarkable but can’t be told. We also won’t be posting his picture or his name anywhere either. All this secrecy because this is no ordinary adoption. In fact, this is such an unordinary set of circumstances that our agency, attorneys and his country are figuring out together, as I type, exactly how to proceed from here.
Here’s what I can tell you. And this is important. We need your prayers. They work!
He’s not officially our son yet. There is much work to be done by many wise and compassionate people on both sides of an ocean.
See, because we thought we had another six months to a year of this adoption process, we had budgeted accordingly. And because this child needs stability and routine very much right now, I will likely be canceling appearances for the next couple weeks or more – not ideal financially but the best for him. Now, we don’t know, but it is highly likely that we will need adoption funds much sooner than we’d anticipated – and possibly more than we’d originally thought too.
So, we’re not asking for donations. We’re not having a garage sale. (Yet.) We’re simply asking that you continue to champion this record, Third World Symphony, across the internet and in the real world too. It won’t be in stores. It won’t be on the radio. So, you are our marketing strategy…and now you are our adoption fundraising team. There’s not a better one in the world!
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