"Every year, thousands of Christians in our city take short-term trips that cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 per person....I believe in missions. I also believe in short-term mission trips. Yet the longer I work in the resource-poor inner city, the more frustrated I become with the amount of money God's
people spend on these brief trips. We seem so eager to spend thousands of dollars sending our people overseas for one week without stopping to ask, "Would some of this money be better invested in my own community?"-Doug Banister
This applies to adoption as well. There are a wide variety of reasons people adopt internationally opposed to locally, but a very common reason is that Christians tend to assume that the need of rescuing is greater overseas than within their own city. Adopting a foreign child seems more "missional". But the cost of adopting ONE foreign child could do so much more for many children and families.