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|Sun, 09-23-2012 - 11:31pm|
We are in a small group at church. There is a family in the group who are not well off at all. They struggle each month to make ends meet. The husband is working hard at two low paying jobs. He's working towards a teaching degree so he can get a permanent job as an educator. They have two kids, a dog or two, and recently adopted a cat.
They decided about a month ago that they want to go on a mission trip to Africa and also adopt an orphan from there. Obviously mission work is AWESOME, as is saving an orphan.
Recently our small group leader had a discussion with the group (minus the family I'm talking about) about helping them out financially. Our group is relatively new but we are growing closer and closer - trying to be like a little family. DH and I would help them out gladly.
I'm wondering what you all think about a family in this situation deciding to spend so much money on a mission trip and on adopting another child. Again, I know these are great things, and the Bible does say to give and to help orphans. But the Bible also talks a lot about wisdom and the value of being wise. Does it not make more sense to get their finances in order before taking this on?
I think of the "teach a man to fish" saying. I know that that applies more to a person "wasting" money that would be given to them...and adopting an orphan certainly is not a waste of money, but......????