Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Hampton Family ~ 31 Families of HOPE: Day 18


Meet the Hampton Family!: Mike and Jane Hampton & Rachel




Jane, what first tugged on your heart about the Fatherless?

Two things: First, knowing that God the Father adopts me into his family has humbled me and changed my perspective on life. It does not matter how I see myself, God sees me as worthy enough to send His son Jesus to die so that I can have a relationship with him and call him Dad - WOW! Secondly, living in South Africa I am faced daily with the truth of poverty, inequality and HIV/AIDS which has left thousands of children orphaned or abandoned and I felt a stirring to help and love another the way God has loved me.


Tell us one unique thing about your family/ministry.

We are blazing the way in our city by adopting across race and culture lines. Our church is supportive and there are many families who are adopting, but it is still seen as unusual and so we get our fair share of ogling!


What was one challenge either before, during or after your child(ren) came home?

Certain family members were not as supportive as we would have liked. People's own issues around race, identity and family came up, but as they have come to know Rachel as the person she is and not the colour / culture / unknown they were expecting, they have come to fall in love with her. If you met her you would see why, she is pretty amazing:)


If you could tell a family that was considering adoption one bit of advice what would it be?


Do it! It may seem hard, you may have doubts, people may not understand, but once you have that child in your arms and they are yours it is all worth it. Parenthood is NEVER easy, whether your child is adopted / biological. True, you might have difficulties particular to adopting, but through the hardships I have known a love for another that bowls me over. And God has become so much more real to me too through this journey.


What verse was especially encouraging to you during your adoption journey?


“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” - Jeremiah 29:11


Share one blessing that has happened because you said YES and followed God on this journey.

I get to be Mom to the most amazing girl in the world. I feel grateful and full of joy when I think of the blessing that my daughter is to my life. I have learned so much from her and my heart bursts with love for her. What a miraculous gift from God!


If you could share one other thing that is meaningful to you on the topic of adoption/orphan care, what would it be?

I encourage all Christian friends to have a talk with their husbands or wives about adopting. You may not feel called to it but I believe adoption is central to our faith and should be at least discussed within your family. Considering adopting a child, foster care, supporting a orphanage / orphan financially, anything to help those who are fatherless and defenseless.


Thank you, Hampton Family, for sharing HOPE with us here at Reaching Hearts!  Be sure to check out their blog for more information about their adoption and life in South Africa.



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Be sure not to miss the rest of the "31 Families of HOPE" series:

Day 2 ~ Cole Family
Day 3 ~ Weber Family
Day 4~ Heim Family
Day 5 ~ Kacirek Family
Day 6 ~ DeBlecourt Family
Day 7 ~ Sharp Family
Day 8 ~ McClard Family
Day 9 ~ Solgos Family
Day 10 ~ Linck Family
Day 11 ~ McClelland Family



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