when an agency or church helps children in a school by providing them with school supplies, clothes, or food, they are not adopting the school, or the children who attend there.
when an agency or a church invests time, money, and energy into a village in a foreign country, they are not adopting that village or the people who live there.
adoption is not sponsorship.
adoption is not offering help.
adoption is not filling a backpack.
adoption is not providing a meal.
adoption is not sending money.
adoption is not spending time.
adoption is not hosting a vacation Bible school.
adoption is not building a well.
adoption is this…
World English Dictionary
1. law to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another’s child) as one’s own child
2. to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
3. to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one’s own
4. to take on; assume: to adopt a title
5. to accept (a report, etc)
adoption is also this...
Word Origin & History
mid-14c., from L. adoptionem (nom. adoptio ), noun of action from adoptare “chose for oneself,” from ad- “to” + optare “choose, wish, desire”
and most importantly, it is this…
the giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son by birth.
1. Natural. Thus Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses (Ex. 2:10), and Mordecai Esther (Esther 2:7).
2. National. God adopted Israel (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 7:6; Hos. 11:1; Rom. 9:4).
3. Spiritual. An act of God’s grace by which He brings men into the number of His redeemed family, and makes them partakers of all the blessings He has provided for them. Adoption represents the new relations into which the believer is introduced by justification, and the privileges connected therewith, viz.,
an interest in God’s peculiar love (John 17:23; Rom. 5:5-8),
a spiritual nature (2 Pet. 1:4; John 1:13),
the possession of a spirit becoming children of God (1 Pet. 1:14; 2 John 4; Rom. 8:15-21; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 2:15),
present protection, consolation, supplies (Luke 12:27-32; John 14:18; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; 2 Cor. 1:4),
fatherly chastisements (Heb. 12:5-11),
and a future glorious inheritance (Rom. 8:17,23; James 2:5; Phil. 3:21).
please, do not use the term adoption in regards to sponsorship and/or support unless you are literally adopting a child~bringing them into your home, giving them your family name, and raising them as your own. it cheapens the true meaning of adoption for families like ours and for children who have been adopted and for children who are waiting to be adopted.