We have been talking about adoption ever since we were married 16 years ago. However, it started long before that, it started with our Lord’s perfect plan of redemption. Through Christ, we are all adopted into God’s family, through Christ we are called sons and daughters of the King, through Christ we are privileged to bless those in need. Growing up, we saw the blessing of adoption in our own respective families, and at our church now (Mt. Zion UMC) we have been inspired by so many parents that have chosen to adopt. I (Andy) direct the Youth Ministry at Mt. Zion, and a few years ago, on a middle high retreat, I counted 13 adopted children out of 30 on the retreat. How awesome is that?!
We began the process to adopt 3.5 years ago. Initially, we planned to adopt from Bulgaria, but the Lord had different plans. Over the last couple years we have known 11 children adopted from Colombia, 8 of which attend our church. Our desire now is to adopt from Colombia. The doors have been opened for us to pursue Jose. Jose is an 8 year old boy (turns 9 on September 11). He desires to have a mom, dad, and older siblings. Jose once had a family, but due to unfortunate circumstances, that is not possible in Colombia. Jose also dealt with severe health concerns at the age of 5 but is now doing better, however, he still struggles with some of the long term repercussions of the illness he endured. Though we have never met Jose, we will have the opportunity of hosting him from July 24- August 14! This is coming up real soon! We are super excited! Our hope is that we will be able to adopt him by November, 2017. Our biological children, Mark and Ella, have always been excited and supportive about the idea of having another sibling.
Many of you have been praying and providing financial support-thank you! One of the biggest hurdles to adoption is the expense, and we’ve seen God providing every step of the way. One example of His provision is that we have a $2,500 matching grant through this fundraising campaign! We are now in the process of trying to raise $15,000. As you’ll see below, all donations are tax deductable.
Thank you in advance for all your support! And for our friends with Colombian children, we will be calling on you a lot with all types of questions (especially learning Spanish)!
Andy and Emily McMullin
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