Adoption Story – Part 1: Surprised!

Adoption is NOT an easy call to answer. Adoption is costly. So how does a father and mother who already have 4 children overcome their internal objections in order to answer God’s call on their lives as a family?


God puts the lonely in families - He uses adoption

God puts the lonely in families – He uses adoption




Tears stream down my cheeks as I pondered the surprising new impression…We already had 4 beautiful daughters.

We had never talked about the idea of adopting. But here I was contemplating this radical, life-changing, costly proposition.

Both my husband and I were on the same pastoral team when a guest speaker was sharing with all of the pastors. As a 50 year old man, he and his wife adopted a beautiful girl. He talked about the spirit of adoption in the early church.







Early Christians were known for adoption. In ancient Rome unwanted babies would be thrown into the garbage dump and Christians would rescue them for exposure. If a child was male, the parents would more likely let him live, if it was female they would “expose it” to the elements.  Christians would wait in boats watching for babies to be dropped into the cold river.  They rescued the infants and those who survived were adopted and given a loving home. As the centuries past, Christians became known for adoption. Unwanted babies would be left in a basket on the steps to a church.

As I pondered how the early church was committed to adoption, I was cut to the heart emotionally. I began to go white as the immense need for moms and dads to open their hearts and homes to adopt children.  Later that evening as my husband and I talked about the compelling call he shared with me that this was the third time he felt nudging his heart. He had heard speakers reference an organic movement as many sensed God calling them to bring the lonely into families.

We began to pray, seek counsel, and ponder if God was calling us to adopt…

to be continued…



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SUE DETWEILER is a mother of six, author, speaker, radio host, and pastor with over 25 years of experience in leadership, ministry and education. Sue and her husband Wayne have recently relocated to southeast of Dallas at Life Bridge Church where everyone's welcome, no one's perfect and anything's possible -- with God!

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2 thoughts on “Adoption Story – Part 1: Surprised!

  1. I have chosen out of love 8 children 7 from birth a 34 year old son, 28year old son who mom was 14, a 26 yea old son mom addicted to drugs, 24 year old son and his younger siblings 12 & 6 year old sister, 3 year old brother all from birth same mother drug addicted, and my 22 year old son mom was 19 with two kids and raised many foster kids our life is a blessing we never had our own biological children’s after several

  2. This is so near and dear to my heart! My prayer is that every family will consider adopting at least one child. I just read that if all the orphans in the world were to hold hands they would circle the earth 3 1/2 times! That is a lot of children waiting to experience love! And a lot of children,that we as Christians, could show that there is a Heavenly Father that loves them as well! We could multiply the kingdom greatly by bringing these children in , and showing them that adoption is from the Father, and that His love is unconditional!