Tuesday, May 13, 2008
With every adoption there is an eternal battle going on for the soul of a child. When you begin the process of adoption, whether you are aware of it or not, you are choosing to do direct battle with the king of darkness. Where is there a more vast potential of recruits for Satan's army than in the orphanages of the world. With our first adoption many obstacles came into play...lost paperwork, a backlog of dossiers in China, and SARS. It took twenty-one months to get our daughter out of harms way. We fasted, prayed, cried and waited...and waited...and waited. But we prevailed with God's help and four years later she holds Jesus in her heart. More than once in our second adoption it looked as if things were not going to work out. We fasted and prayed, and prayed and fasted because we understood what was on the line...our son's eternal future. We knew that at the age of ten he had less than four years before he would be on the streets of Russia....alone to fend for himself (well not totally alone...Satan would be there with him). One year after he came into our family he was baptized in a lake by his father with the understanding that Jesus is his saviour. Is the battle rough...? Of course!! You can expect black eyes and war wounds and sometimes there will be a loss. But in this battle for the souls of the fatherless the stakes are so high that fear is not an option. The enemy knows the value of the commodity he seeks, and as followers of Jesus Christ we stand in the gap with our arms outstretched to defend the fatherless against the clutches of darkness.