I sent this out as an email blast this AM - in case it didn't hit your inbox....
I’m writing this from the prayer room - disturbed to my core by a story I heard last night. This morning, I felt compelled to share with you. Sometimes a holy disturbance is worth shouting from the rooftops.
Kelsey and I had dinner with several couples who work in the field of adoption last night. We are working with one couple to help them launch an adoption agency in Kansas City. The other couple is laboring in another city as social workers for a non-Christian agency. They told us of how many adoption agencies are so profit driven that it daily affects decisions about who gets which babies - and if those babies are offered for adopted at all.
Recently, they had a young woman call in to the agency for help, single and afraid. They asked her a few questions about her age, race and physical condition, during which they determined she needed some prenatal care. An appointment was set for her to come in and make arrangements for her prenatal care so that she could place a healthy baby up for adoption. This particular agency’s owner is a non-believer and was excited about helping this woman because she had identified herself as hispanic, and hispanic babies are easy to place.
When the woman arrived, they realized she was Puerto Rican and much darker skinned than they expected her to be. The owner of the agency suddenly decided that the child would be ‘too black’ to find a home for. The owner refused to allow the social worker to pay for the ultrasound that the girl needed - it didn’t seem like a good investment for the agency - and the girl left, probably more afraid of having her baby than she was when she walked in. She was denied assistance because of the color of her skin - something that would be illegal to do if it involved a bus seat or a hamburger, but is perfectly legal in the adoption world.
We don’t know what happened to this baby, but there is a very real chance it was aborted rather than adopted because the profit margin was too low for the adoption agency.
Friends, there has to be a better way. This should not happen in any city in America where a church exists. When a pregnant young woman chooses LIFE, she should find help, not resistance. It’s no wonder 4,000 babies are aborted every day in America - in the short term, we have made death an easier choice than LIFE.
Lack of finances or someone being ‘too black’ should never inhibit something God is favor of. Knowing that adoption is in God’s heart - both for the babies of young women and for each of us - we want to do all we can to make it affordable and available to believers everywhere, as well as adopt more children ourselves.
We’re meeting this week with some of the individuals who helped us connect with Zoe’s birth mom. They feel led by the Lord to have an agency in Kansas City. We believe it has something to do with the proximity of the House of Prayer and raising these babies as a type of Samuel, growing up in the house of the Lord.
We need your help.
Please pray for us and our participation in the launching of an adoption agency here in Kansas City that will change the way adoption happens, offering care to the mothers that goes far beyond ‘sign here’.
Additionally, nearly every week we are emailed about ‘emergency situations’ - babies about to be born with no home to go to because they’re the wrong color or don’t fit into the middle class American dream/nightmare. We are currently updating our adoption home study to be ready to take in children at a moments notice.
I am reminded daily that our own Zoe was one of these emergency situations. You can take a look at the photo at left to see how these emergencies turn out. :)
It is becoming more and more impressed upon me that this operates best in a missions-funded context. By raising our own salary, we free ourselves to help people adopt, unencumbered by the profit-driven decisions that are making adoption expensive and difficult.
Would you consider supporting us as we lean into this calling?
We need immediate funds to reduce some unexpected debt, bolster our monthly support to match our growing expenses, and then fund the adoptions themselves. We are only days away from receiving our updated home study and are ready and willing now to take more children into our family - especially these that some would call unwanted.
Beyond that, we want to subsidize thousands of adoptions into the prayer movement - and insure that no young woman is ever turned away from adopting her child for being ‘too black’, to be marketable.
If you'd like more information about how you can send some help our way, drop me an email - rbohlender(at)gmail.com or mash on the paypal button in the Partnering section of RandyandKelsey.com.
Thanks for your prayer and financial support in this season. You are making a difference in the lives of children - for eternity.