The Story Behind the Story

Amish adoption, Amish facts/history, Amish fiction, plainmiracles Comments: 4

plain-simple-3My newest release, Sarah’s Orphans, is about a young Amish girl who is abandoned by her mother, left to raise her siblings, and then finds two homeless children. Today I thought I’d share the “story behind the story.”

  • I started out with this question. As Christians, are we still responsible for caring for orphans? I mean there are a lot more government/charity programs than there were in Jesus’s day. Orphanages in the US are rare, and there are long waiting lists for parents seeking children to adopt.
  • I spent a lot of time on the national and state websites for adoption. One thing I learned is that currently there are 400,000 children living in the U.S. without permanent families. Of those 100,000 are eligible for adoption.
  • Of course we can’t all adopt a child right now, for various reasons–health, economics, etc. So how can we help?codys-creek-collage
  • I also learned that the Amish have adopted in the past. Here is a great story of adoption within their faith, and here is another describing adoption outside of their religion in the past.
  • Of course I visited Cody’s Creak (which is actually Chouteau, Oklahoma), and had a wonderful time talking to the Amish and taking pictures.

The children in this story really won my heart! Of course it’s not an easy path to blend two families together, but my goal was to show that God can use each of us in a special way, and we can all find a small way to minister to others.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have any questions about Sarah’s Orphans?

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Anna’s Healing, the first full length book in the series and a Christy Award finalist, is still on sale for $2.99 at Amazon (ebook).
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4 thoughts on “The Story Behind the Story

  1. Marilyn

    Thank you for this story on orphanages. My late father and a few of his siblings were placed in orphanages when he was 7 and a half. His parents died a month after each other. He did not have a pleasant time while there.
    Marilyn

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  2. Marilyn R

    Thanks for sharing about Sarha’s Orphans and the links to read. Within our one Illinois Amish community their are families who have adopted or our foster parents to children in protective care. Sarah’s Orphans was tops! I loved the story with your heartfelt writing for the book. I have several friends who were adopted, along with others who are foster parents currently.

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