We've been asked this a lot. And it boils down to 1 thing: it's what God has told us to do! I can't explain it any other way.
Adoption is not for everyone. International adoption is not for everyone.
BUT we have been commanded to "look after the orphan and the widow" (James 1:18)
International adoption is the best way we can come up with to obey this command. All other doors have been closed for us.
Peripheral/secondary reasons for international adoption...
- As believers in Jesus and children of God, we have been adopted into God's family. When we were God's enemy, we were not included into His family. When we became born-again, we were adopted into God's family. Our adoption is only an overflow of joy for what God has done for us! God the Father is our Daddy!
- There are millions of orphans in the world- no family, no hope, many without clean water or food, no opportunity to hear the Good News.
- God has given us every grace that we need. He's given us the power we need. There is nothing that is impossible with God.