Friday, April 15, 2011

Adoption Fast

Unite with us in prayers and fasting to further adoption work in Indiana and Kentucky.  We have devoted the following days for fasts and prayers with one another and our wards and extended families:
 May 1st
August 7th
November 6th
December 4th
If you can, try to get to the temple on the weekend of each fast if possible.  Below is a letter you can share with your bishops if you feel your ward would be willing to unite with us (Copy and Paste).  We welcome all.  Note at the end of this year we will stand together saying we have done all we could and then what peace will fill our homes. 

Dear Friends and Families,

As Families Supporting Adoption unites with the staff of LDS Family Services we work intimately with those seeking to adopt children and birth mothers considering adoption and other alternatives. Much prayer and fasting has gone into how we might move this work forward. As stewards over all within our state we feel the responsibility to make certain every child born in Indiana has the promises made clear in the Proclamation of the Family, where every child has the right to be afforded the blessing of being in a covenant home with a mother and father to teach them the principles of the gospel. This is our missionary work and stewardship and we invite all who would unify with us to join with us in dedicating this next month’s fast to focus on the birth mothers in our state and the adoptive couples seeking to provide those eternal promises to these children. We believe as we unite with our brothers and sisters we can petition the Lord to soften our hearts to the prompting of how best we can support birthmothers and soften the hearts of these birth mothers so the children can enjoy the blessings and covenants of eternal families. As we invite wards and members to join in our prayers and temple service our hope is that unifying will bring power and strength to these efforts. Please know we welcome you to consider if you feel this would be unifying and uplifting focus for your ward to unite with us and strengthen our petition to the Lord for these sweet spirits.
Sincerely,

David L. Pitcher
Marcia French

2 comments:

*Peach* said...

As a Christian and an adult adoptee, I believe that God would have us help young mothers and their babies stay together whenever possible. Adoption is birthed out of great loss and God's will is for restoration and not separation if at all possible.

PrisSharp said...

Adoption should be the last resort. Babies belong with their mothers and fathers, if not with mothers or fathers, if not with grandparents, if not with extended family. Adoption to strangers should be the last resort and only done in truth and honesty, not running and hiding, secrets and lies. Everyone should know their identity, family history, heritage and those to whom they are blood related.