Our son's acceptance to MBI was such a huge praise. Even as we rejoiced with him though, I must admit part of my heart sunk wondering how in the world he would raise the needed funds. He already takes care of most all of his personal expenses (vehicle, car insurance, phone, extras, etc.). That has just been a way of life for our family. I've been amazed as I watch everything play out.
I've seen a young man not be defeated. I've witnessed his determination to do whatever it takes to meet his goals. I can't help but think back to where so much of this was learned.
Here is the same young man ( top right, age 11) just after the long journey of helping to bring his first sister home. When we would grow weary of all the fund-raising and faith-climbing, it was often our oldest who would encourage us to press on. He would testify that His God is big enough to meet all of our needs.
Then two years later we began yet an even greater mountain-size journey to bring home this sweet girl. Again, our oldest never questioned or complained of what it would take. He and his brothers cared far more about children that didn't have a family than they did about their own desires.
Some people question things like college funds, vacation funds, entertainment funds when a family considers adoption. There are some that would go so far as thinking parents somehow "owe" their children a fully-funded college education. I'm so glad we didn't buy into that kind of theology. Our family would have missed out on such incredible blessings that $ cannot buy.
I have no doubt my oldest is ready to graduate and begin this next chapter of his life out in the "real world". We all have big adjustments ahead. I'm gonna have two very sad little girls when their big brother heads off for Chicago! :)
Who knows what else I'll see out my kitchen window this summer as he works his way to college. I hear he has a few more loads of scrap metal left to deliver. Each day it seems the mail man is bringing packages that he is buying/selling online. He has quite a business going. Throw in mowing jobs and working for our family's handyman business and I have no doubt he's gonna make it.
Perhaps you're a family who is considering adoption, but you are stuck in the mindset of "everything-parents-owe-their-kids-for-a-proper-upbringing" theology and you just don't see how you can do it financially. I challenge you to study God's theology about the fatherless. I promise you that your children will gain such richness as they learn about and live out what really matters in light of eternity.