In 2005, at First Baptist Graceville, FL we had a Sunday night sing. Neysa Wilkins, a news anchor in Panama City, sang and gave her testimony. She talked about going to Ukraine on a mission trip and so many of the children there living on the streets. God started tugging at our hearts while sitting there listening to her. We had a 2 year old at the time, so we did not know when or where but we knew God wanted us to adopt internationally one day.
Fast forward 9 years and 2 more babies later…our adoption had always been in our hearts and in the back of our minds. But in early 2014 Britt bumped into an acquaintance from Grace Point Community Church in a hospital waiting room. She told him about Crisis Rescue International that she had just been on a mission trip with. Crisis Rescue is a non-profit committed to ending sex-trafficking of children in India. God really began to put India on our hearts.
In June of 2015, Britt went to a Gridiron Conference in Birmingham with our church, First Baptist Eclectic. David Uth, the senior pastor at FBC Orlando, spoke on James 2:14-26 about faith without works is dead. He challenged the men to risk/sacrifice doing what God is asking you to do. Britt was convicted of not doing anything to help the children of India.
That same day, while at lunch with our church group, there was a family from India in the waiting area of the restaurant. Britt struck up a conversation with them. After the Indian family was seated, Britt shared what God had convicted him of with our church group.
The next day one of the men that had been on the Gridiron trip texted Britt to tell him about Roy Durham. Roy lives in Eclectic, like we do, and he had a pastor from India in his home. It was a God thing that the man from our church even met Roy, and that a pastor from India was in Eclectic, AL of all places! The Indian pastor was here to raise money for an orphanage in Northern India. Britt was able to sit down and talk with him. Britt was ready to pick us all up and move to India and start an orphanage! Me…not so much! But God really put a deep down burden on my heart for a daughter from India.
I messaged 2 acquaintances that had adopted internationally to find out what adoption agency they had used. At this time my sister and her husband had been in their adoption process for 3 years. I did not want to start our process until they had their baby. In October 2015, Britt told me we needed to get our process started because he was not getting any younger. But I told him I could not even start until my sister had her baby. Well, 2 weeks after that conversation my sister and brother-in-law got their precious, beautiful daughter! The next week I contacted Children of the World, Inc. in Fairhope, AL that a good friend of Britt’s had used to adopt their daughter from India.
We submitted our pre-application to Children of the World on November 12, 2015. After a few delays, we finally had all our paperwork done and mailed it to COTW on April 27, 2016. We had our first and second home study on May 28 and June 11. We were registered with CARA on July 11 and only 2 days later were approved by CARA! Then on July 15, 2016 we saw our daughter's picture for the very first time! We are so in love and praying that God will get her home to us before her 3rd birthday in April 2017.
To end I want to share an amazing God story with you...
Looking back at our story, we figured out that the not-so chance encounter with the acquaintance in a hospital waiting room was on April 11, 2014. Our daughter was born in India on April 12, 2014! So around the time our baby girl was born in India, God was putting India on our hearts! This baby has been ours since before she was born! How amazing is our God!?!!
We are so grateful and thankful for those of you who love our family by praying and giving!! Please pray along with us that God's hand of protection will be on our daughter and that He will move mountains and work miracles to get our baby girl home to us soon! We love to see the many ways God is providing for our adoption. We are halfway to the total we need for our adoption. We have a puzzle with 1,008 pieces. We are asking for $5 per puzzle piece and will put your name on the back of the puzzle piece. When the puzzle is full we will put it together and hang it in her room with all the names showing. I can't wait to show her all the names of all the people that love her already! Thank you for supporting our family!!
Britt and Heather Green
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