|Mr. Beaver with Jaynie (left) and Cassandra in September 2001 on the eve before|
we began our journey to their new home in America.
3) Just like families who've given birth to a new child, adoptive families will be blessed if you'll bring a meal or even multiple meals to them. Whether a family is adding one child or a trio, their routine will be interrupted for quite some time as they adjust to the change. In addition, the family will probably be experiencing profound tiredness, both from jet lag and also the outlay of energy it takes to cope with the big change to the family. A church family could provide meals for a month, and it wouldn't be too much. When we adopted Tatiana, Natasha and Princess Bink, some friends from our church loved us sacrificially by bringing a meal to us every Monday night for weeks until we told them we were back on our feet again. None of us will ever forget this act of kindness!
4) As a new adoptive family settles back into home, offer to run errands for them. It is often difficult to leave the house at first. We were blessed during our most recent adoption when a dear friend offered to pick up some groceries for us. What relief it was to get milk and fresh produce in the house again!
Well, my second list of five more suggestions morphed into six. Honestly, I could just keep going and going, but I hope these ideas stir up creativity on your part to participate in orphan care through supporting adoptive families. Your active love has more power to bolster and encourage than you might ever suspect.