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Called to adopt

"Called to adopt" Continued...

Issue: "Biblical callings," Dec. 4, 2010

The family room, furnished with a couch and love seat, serves as Scott's office, a playroom for the younger kids, laundry folding station, and a place for group lessons and read-alouds. Its beige carpeted floor also serves as an impromptu changing table for many of each day's more than 20 diaper changes.

The Rosenows don't do it alone-nor are they the only family adopting many hard-to-place children. Several years ago, WORLD reported on the Cooney family in Maryland ("Leading by example," Jan. 22, 2005). As I researched this article, many other families came forward with their stories, and we'll tell some of them next month.

These families often rely on friends and fellow church members to help pay the cost of their adoptions, which can be as much as $35,000. The Rosenows' church, North Cincinnati Community Church, supports TSC as part of its missions budget. Families from four churches each provide a meal a month to the Rosenows: That average of about two meals per week saves them about $400 per month in food expenses. Patrick Farrell, who heads up the effort, says, "The meal ministry is an indirect effort to answer God's call to help and care for orphans." Even the state helps by providing Medicaid as a secondary insurance for the adopted children.

The Rosenows have no doubt that God called them to adopt many special-needs children. They also know that God called these children into their particular family. Kathy says they tell the children that God's "plan was for them to be a part of this family-to be our children-from the beginning. He doesn't make mistakes, and each aspect of their coming to us-even the painful and difficult parts of their stories-were carefully controlled and orchestrated by Him."

I asked, "Don't you ever feel stretched too thin? Don't the 101 appointments, including two surgeries, that occurred between July 31 and Nov. 4 get you down? How about that daily glass of spilled milk?" Kathy answered: "Absolutely. Very often-if we forget where our strength comes from. . . . It is only in knowing just how weak we are that we are able to do all that this life involves because in our weakness, we turn to Him."

This may be unfathomable to some others, especially non-Christians-but it's a calling. 

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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