As the coronavirus pandemic has halted most adoptions from outside the U.S., megachurch pastor and author David Platt is asking Christians to pray that their third adopted child, who turned 4 on Sunday, would come into their family soon.
“Today was my son’s 4th birthday. But I haven’t met him yet. We were 5 days away from going overseas to adopt him when travel to his country shut down in early February,” Platt, the lead pastor of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, wrote on Twitter.
“For the last 6 months, I’ve been pleading every single day for a way to go to him. As a dad, I would do anything possible to make that happen,” continued the author of Radical.
Platt, who at one point was the youngest megachurch pastor in the United States, added, “I woke up this morning to new pictures of him in his orphanage, and then I read the first verse that just so happened to be in my Bible reading plan. ‘Jesus told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart’ — Luke 18:1.”
The former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board then urged Christians “to pause for a moment, pray for J.D., and ask God to make a way for him to come into our family.”
The National Council for Adoption says over 110,000 children are adopted in the U.S. every year. This includes international adoptions, but their numbers have been far lower. The council estimates that the number of overall adoptions has gone down tremendously due to COVID-19.
“International adoptions … are effectively at a standstill, leaving many families in a painful holding pattern,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
In 2019, Americans adopted 819 children from China, 298 from Ukraine, 244 from Colombia, 241 from India, 166 from South Korea, 134 from Bulgaria, 130 from Haiti, 116 from Nigeria and 94 from the Philippines among other countries, according to the State Department.
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Source: Christian Post