Written by WCS’s fifth grade teacher, Brittany Tadesse. Brittany is a wife, teacher, and missionary who has a heart for serving and loving others. Her desire for her students to know God and His love for each of them is evident in her daily interactions with her students. Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your heart with us.
“I could never love someone else’s kid like my own.”
“I’ve heard that they could burn your house down or steal your stuff.”
“You don’t know what you’re getting.”
Many adoptive parents in our school heard these words. My parents hear these words too. They could have believed these words, and after many failed adoption attempts, they were tempted to. But they said “let’s try this one more time.”
“Just get rid of it.”
“No one needs to know but you.”
“It would be better for it to be gone than to be born into this world.”
“Better abortion than adoption.”
These are words that many women carrying an unwanted baby have heard. They are reminded of the pain of labor, the hurt of giving a child away, and the trauma of continuing with life afterward. They are told that adoption isn’t the “right” way.
My birth parents heard these words. Many well-meaning people gave them advice to abort. Together they went to an abortion clinic. As they were waiting to go in, they felt this tug to leave. They said that something “didn’t feel right” and walked out of the clinic before their name was called. They decided to take a different approach.
This twist and turn of events; the hurtful words, failed attempts, bad advice, and years of waiting, lead to one event. I was birthed by a strong woman into a beautiful family. After seven years of waiting and praying, my parents said it all finally made sense. All my life my mom would tell me, “I prayed and prayed and God sent you to me.” He definitely did. As an unborn person, I had no control over if I would live or die, but my birthparents and parents made choices that not only gave me life, but gave me a life better than I could have ever imagined.
Isn’t that what God does for us? He takes our mess and our brokenness and decides to take it all as His. He decides to make us His family. Romans 8:15 says that He has given us a spirit of adoption, so that we can call Him Father.” In a way, we are all in different stages of the adoption process right now.
In a world that says adoption is not the “right” way, He says:
“You are no longer slave, but my son.” Galatians 4:5-7
“I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.” John 14:8
“Whoever does my will is my family.” Matthew 12:50
“Through faith you are God’s children.” Galatians 3:26
“How long did it take you to love someone else’s kid?” Someone asked my mom. She replied “The minute I held her I was in love with her and would have done anything in the world to take care of her. The second I had her, she was mine.”
The second God had you, you were His. He is in love with you and will do anything in the world to take care of you. November is adoption awareness month. Let’s celebrate the students in our school that have been adopted into our Warsaw Christian family…and even more importantly, let’s celebrate the fact that we have been adopted into God’s family. Spread the word: adoption is beautiful. And we are all a part of it.