By Debbie Wynne
Director, Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services
This is a question that I have been asked many times from children who anxiously wait to be adopted. It is a question that never leaves my mind every day as I work. It is a burden that I bear and a reminder that there is no time to rest.
Every day, a child waits.
Since I joined Buckner 14 years ago, it has been a life changing journey to see the needs of children, not only here in the United States, but also around the world. I have the privilege to lead the Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services program and see first hand children’s lives changed forever through the miracle of adoption.
I have seen young women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy struggle to make the sacrificial decision on behalf of her unborn child to place that child for adoption.
I have seen Christian families from every possible background come forward with a desire to parent a child who needs a family.
I have seen the Lord bring together broken families who have overcome some of life’s most challenging obstacles.
It has been humbling to know children who are considered “harder to place” based on their age, history, sibling groups, race, medical condition or developmental delays; we realize that if we don’t advocate for these children, no one will. Time is short for these precious children. The Lord has charged each of us in this adoption ministry to be His hands and feet and to advocate for the lives of the least of these.
I will never forget a wonderful brother and sister, Pasha and Natasha, who I met in an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia. They were 12 and 13 years of age. We knew these children had the potential to thrive in an adoptive family, and we maintained faith that the Lord would guide and direct us to find the right family.
Natasha and Pasha wanted so much to be adopted. For over 3 and half years we sought a family for them. Each year I traveled to Russia my heart would break when I saw them and they asked again and again, “Have you found us a momma and poppa yet?” I would tell them that we were searching for the “right momma and poppa” and to not lose hope. We would not give up until we found their family.
In December, Natasha and Pasha will have lived with their forever family for six years. It seems like they have always been with them. It has been my personal joy to see children like Maria, Pavel, and many others grow and thrive in their loving adoptive families, especially knowing the alternatives.
Adoption is truly a miracle and a life changing experience for a child, parents and birth family. It is a blessing to work in a Christian program where we do ministry work every day and know that every decision we make will impact lives forever.
Even today, we have children waiting. It is my ongoing prayer that the Lord will help us continue to find them loving families. Please pray for the waiting children and the Buckner adoption ministry.
If you’d like more information about Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services, please visit www.beafamily.org. Or call toll-free to 1-866-236-7823.
Click here to view current waiting children.
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