I’ve always loved children. My mom says I was ‘born a mother’ and it’s really all I’ve ever wanted to be. Before we had children, I loved on everyone else’s babies, but honestly the thought of ‘caring for orphans’ had not really crossed my mind. After struggling with infertility and having a miscarriage in August of 2005, the Lord started working in my heart and showing me His heart for adoption. I knew in some way this would be part of our life. Through some crazy, amazing circumstances only God could organize, we adopted our first child, Eli, through a private domestic adoption in March 2006. Little did I know this child would change my life in more ways than one. Through Eli, the Lord began opening my eyes to the world of adoption and orphans all over the world.
In 2010, my friend Brandy (co-founder of Restoration Hope) took a trip to South Africa to see some friends who were helping out in an orphanage over there. While she was in South Africa, she kept a blog about what she, and her husband Jason, saw and did while they were there. I would read her blog every night before bed and weep. The Lord was already giving me a heart for these people and this place without ever having been there. He was breaking my heart for what breaks His – the orphan, the widow, and injustice. After seeing a list of the children at the Hope Center (an orphanage), I began to pray for a set of twin boys who were exactly a year older than my twin sons. My children knew their names and prayed for them too. It was a neat connection to have with these children halfway around the world, but I knew that somehow I wanted to make my way over there to love on these children in person.
In June 2011, I left my husband and three boys in the US and had the amazing opportunity to go to South Africa with Restoration Hope. I think my boys would have only been more excited if they had been able to go with me! Part of me thought that it was a bit selfish of me to leave my children to go love on other children in another country, but the Lord taught me something in that. When your children see you GO and DO for Jesus, it affects them more than you think. Yes, I’m sure they missed me, but they really wanted to hear about the children over there – what they were like and what they did for fun. And what they’ve learned is that the children in South Africa are just like them in so many ways, but the ones we spent time with didn’t have a mama or daddy. Because I went, my children have learned about children who live quite differently than they do, they have raised money to help those children, and learned to focus on others and not just their needs.
This past May, my husband was able to go back to South Africa with me while we left our four boys with amazing family and friends. I cannot wait to take our boys over there! This place and these people are now part of our family and our story. When you give the Lord an opportunity, He will show you what really matters to Him and He will ask you to join in His work with Him. The Church is called to care for these children who don’t have a family – that is where God’s heart is. It may be messy, may cost money you don’t have, others may not understand, BUT in Isaiah the Word tells us: “Learn to do good, Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
No matter the cost, these things have eternal worth and it’s what we are each called to do in some way or another.
Spend just a few minutes with this family and you'll know they have a passionate for Jesus , His Gospel, and Star Wars...but more for Jesus than Star Wars. They've got some of the sweetest and smartest kids you will ever meet and we are honored to know and call the Wrights part of our family.