I heard your podcast recently regarding the United Nations and how damaging it is to give money to poor nations without them earning it. My wife and I are currently in the adoption process, and started an online funding page. The adoption is very costly, so we know we needed help.
However, after hearing the before mentioned podcast, was it wrong for us to ask for donations? Should we focus on earning the money needed for the adoption, and not ask for donations or gifts from other people?
How wonderful to hear that you and your wife want to open your hearts and home to a child. And thank you for listening to my (RDL) podcast.
There is a world of difference between individuals asking for and receiving help and government bodies distributing money gathered involuntarily from taxpayers. The United Nations, in a way that would horrify its early supporters who placed such faith in the body, has become a gargantuan behemoth that today frequently provides money that enriches cruel despots rather than helping those for whom it is intended. It has also become a dung heap of corruption and high-living by its bureaucrats.
If people choose, of their own volition, to help you and your wife, they will usually do so because they know, trust and like the two of you. They will want to join you and share in the opportunity to participate in this exciting and beautiful endeavor. If, through the incredible reach of the internet, people who do not know you find your page they will hopefully do due diligence and convince themselves that you are for real and that your home will be a blessing to some child. The point is that you are giving people an opportunity which they are free either to seize or ignore.
We would be remiss if we did not also encourage you to expand your financial resources in a way that will allow you to do more for the child who eventually joins your family. And perhaps counter-intuitively, for reasons that we explain in our resources, the presence of children in a home boosts the money-earning power of that home. It is people like you who use their wealth for good that we had in mind when creating resources like our Income Abundance Set.
May you continue to reach out to God’s other children,
Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin
Thank you to Thought Tool reader Mike G. for sharing the following quote with us:
‘Money is congealed energy and releasing it releases life’s possibilities.’