Our decision to adopt came after approximately 10 years of God planting seeds
…a conversation here, a concert there, a picture here, a sermon there. In time, God began to speak louder and clearer and we knew that God was inviting us to join him on this journey called adoption. The point at which we could no longer make excuses (the cost, and the fact that we already had 4 children, were big ones for us) to ignore God’s nudging came in September, 2011.
I traveled to Luoyang, China on a mission trip with Show Hope and spent a few days at a medical facility for special needs orphans. My time there was simply spent playing with and loving on these amazing children that stole my heart and changed my world. Little did I know that God would use that same trip to change my husband’s world, who was still at home in Louisville, Kentucky. As I shared pictures and stories with him via email of the children, things were transformed for us. The word “orphan” was no longer just a huge number or facts and figures about fatherless kids all over the world. “Orphans” were now Isaac, Jaelynn, Franky, Zoe, Jessica, and the many other names and faces of children who were right in front of me and waiting for a family to call their own. We knew that we had to respond to God’s call and we believed that he was calling us to a special needs child in China.
Seven months later (and hours upon hours of paperwork) we were matched with not one, but two children from the Henan Province in China and in November, 2012 we were able to complete both of their adoptions. We are so thankful for the joy that these two children bring to our family and that we did not miss out on the blessing that God had in store for us. You see, we could have missed it. God extended the invitation and then waited on us to follow him in faithful obedience. We could have said “no” and missed out on so much that He wanted to teach us.
Adoption is costly, requires sacrifice, and at times is just plain painful. However, God has not asked us to do anything that he has not already done for us. We are His children. We were bought at a price; the precious blood of Jesus. He claims us as his own and takes great delight in us. How can we not show that same love to others that so desperately long to be offered hope and a future?