The Adoption Option

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23-year-old recording artist, Nate Huss, is putting his money where his mouth is…literally.  Unlike most recording artists who support a cause from the sidelines, Nate is giving his pet project, adoption, all of his attention.  For the  month of November, Nate  has literally taken his website down and put a holding page about adoption in it’s place.  That’s a costly move for an up-and-comer who is building a name for himself.  It just goes to show you what a quality guy he is.

Nate was only three weeks old when he was placed in the loving arms of his new adopted family – the Phoenix home of Dave and Sylvia Huss, who had already adopted seven other children from around the globe.

Now, together with his older brother Dan, Nate wrote a song called “Your Own” thanking their individual birth mothers for the gift of life and the decision they made to choose adoption over abortion.  “I’m thankful to God and to a biological mother that I never knew who chose the option of life for me.  I am a planned mistake, a blessed gift.”

The song has struck such a nerve that it has been picked up by Focus on the Family and is their November theme song during  National Adoption Awareness Month.    Here’s a great interview he did on CBN that talks about his adoption experience:

According to the National Council for Adoption, in 2002 there were approximately 33 abortions for every 100  live births.  That is a staggering  number whether you are pro-choice or pro-life – a number I’m sure everybody would like to see decrease.

Adoption is an life-saving option for many couples faced with an unwanted pregnancy.  Since the founding of the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) in 1980, approximately two and a half million adoptions have occurred in this country.

Still, according to Nate  there are 143 million orphans in the world and at least 500,000 children going through the foster care system every day in this country.  These are children who desperately need a place they can call home.

While their role is important, it is not the government’s job to take care of these children…as the human race it is our job.  For Christians, there is a call to action in James 1:27 when is says we are to  “look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

On the adoption issue, Nate recently noted:  “Today many young women find themselves pregnant and lost – often times, sadly with the thought that they face only two difficult choices – either to keep or abort their child.  Not only as an advocate for adoption, but as a Christian, my desire to save lives for the Kingdom of God.”

In an interview Nate on my radio show, GOD UNPLUGGED last night, and he shared his music, his story, and his heart unabashedly.  But talking about the importance of adoption without providing the tools would be irresponsible.  During the second half of the program I spoke with adoption expert Jayne Schooler about equipping adoptive parents for the journey.  To listen to the show, visit,

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/GodUnplugged/2008/11/21/Christian-Adoption-Nate-Huss

Nate has offered to give away a copy of his CD, “Here with Me” and Jayne will be giving away a copy of her latest book “The Whole Life Adoption Book” to a lucky listener.  Be sure to leave a comment after you listen to the program to be entered in the drawing.  You have until November 26th to enter.

Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Are you an adopted child?  If so, how has that impacted your life?  Are you adoptive parents?  What have been your biggest joys and challenges?  Are you thinking about adopting?  What are your questions and your greatest fears?  Maybe together, we can answer them.

If  you’d like to listen to another interview of another adoptee, check these out:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/GodUnplugged/2008/05/22/The-Amazing-Transformation-of-Musician-Vince-Lichlyter

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– Amy Hagberg

www.amyhagberg.com

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