Monday, April 25, 2011

Still soaking it all in...

Posted by Angie at 7:03 AM
Thank you ALL for the positive and encouraging comments to our big news!  We are still trying to convince ourselves that this is all real!  To kick off our second post as an "official-unofficial" His Hands family, here are some adorable pictures of some of the current His Hands babies on Easter!

All of these pictures came from this blog, written by a young lady who is a missionary teacher in Taiwan.  She volunteers at His Hands, so I have a feeling I will be watching her blog quite closely in the coming months.  Here is what she says about His Hands (her post also includes many more adorable pictures)!

As precious as these pictures are, there are many other reasons (besides the cute babies, I mean) that we have decided to work with His Hands.  Let me start the week with sharing just one.  This is their vision, as they describe it:

"This ministry was born from a vision to counsel, care for, and house unwed mothers in crisis pregnancies. Though the ministry still has a strong focus on these young women, it is growing exponentially and expanding its focus. In a country where there are twice as many abortions as live births every year, there is a desperate need for an alternative to abortion. Because of this dire situation, His Hands Taiwan has turned into a refuge for abandoned babies as well as a refuge for unwed mothers." {quoted from their website}

One of the reasons I love this ministry is because the support and love they show to unwed mothers.  His Hands does not exist for the needs of adoptive parents in the United States, but for mothers in Taiwan.  She comes first, she is counseled, she is shown true love.  If she decides to keep her baby, she is supported.  If she decides to place her baby up for adoption, she is supported. 

Here is what His Hands believes about adoptions: 

In most cases, it is best for a child to remain with his or her biological parent(s). When a mother first comes to His Hands Taiwan, Inc. we encourage her to consider ways to try to raise the child. In some cases, the woman needs a safe place to be while her family “cools down” and accepts the idea of the community knowing about a child born out of wedlock. In other cases, we work with the social workers and the women to help them build life skills and get employment. In still other situations, the woman just needs help getting to doctors’ appointments and learning how to take care of a baby. 

However, there are some reasons why remaining with the biological parent(s) is not a possible option for them. We have seen some shocking cases of physical abuse, serious mental troubles, and destitution. As well, some of the mothers lead a wild life and lack the skills and commitment to keep the child from harm. In these cases, the women often understand that adoption is a wonderful alternative.  {quoted from their website}

By adopting through His Hands, I know that the birthmother of our child was given every option and opportunity to keep her child, but was truly unable or unwilling to do so.  I will never have doubts or fears that our child was taken or tricked away from a birthmother. And His Hands is by no means the only ethical ministry in Taiwan!  For those of you looking for an agency, here are some things to look for.

Let me leave you with a couple more pictures from His Hands...ahhhh, I am so excited to be working with them!
Much love,
Future Mama
*all opinions expressed about His Hands are just that, my opinions, and should not be taken as fact!


Dawn Ver Hague on April 25, 2011 at 9:41 AM said...

So very exciting! Those are some CUTE babies! I love reading your blog & your underlying sense of humor throughout the whole thing makes it that much more enjoyable. We are praying for you!

Future Mama on April 25, 2011 at 3:40 PM said...

Thank you so much Dawn!! Prayers mean so much to us :-)

Brooke said...

Ugh! Tears! So excited for you!

Brooke Annessa

The Wayman Family Nest said...

Wow! Sounds like an amazing agency! Congratulations on making the tough decision of choosing one! And beautiful pictures!

keithsharinemcdougall said...

such beautiful babies and I am so excited for you

Kelly Blomgren on April 26, 2011 at 1:37 PM said...

Sounds like a great organization!

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