“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” - Matthew 25:40
Adoption has always been part of our hearts and our journey. Even while dating each other, the conversation of kids came up, including adoption. For us adoption is always something that God called us to do.
When we were ready to start having kids, we decided that we wanted to have one biological child and adopt a child. After lots of trying and a hard pregnancy we had our son Caleb. After Caleb, we sadly experienced a miscarriage. After this heartbreaking loss we found ourselves pregnant very quickly again with our second son, Connor. Due to the pain of the loss of our child due to miscarriage, we decided that was probably all the kids that we wanted and put our dreams of adoption aside.
When Connor was only a couple weeks old, Caleb and Amy were reading the book that we had gotten him to prepare for his sibling. At the end of that book the little boy got a baby sister. Caleb then expressed his desire for a baby sister. We reminded him that he had a beautiful baby brother and to be content but he wouldn’t let it go. He was insistent that next time it would be a baby sister. We had already decided that we weren’t going to get pregnant again and were not planning on having any other kids. Caleb wasn’t done though. He started praying every night for a baby sister, for a year and a half straight.
Then we start discussing adoption again. We felt God leading us back toward this path. We discussed more and prayed more and then decided to look in foster care due to the financial burden of adoption. With both of us being high school teachers, we knew we had the heart, time and family to welcome another child into our home; however we were just worried about the cost of adoption. We were most of the way through the process of foster care when we decided this wasn’t what would be best for our family. We discovered it was in our heart to adopt a child that needed a family, not just be a temporary home. We decided to leave the money to God and work toward finding our daughter.
Since then God has shown us that this is the path that we should take. Our daily prayers for the adoption is that He would guide us to the perfect girl for our family, and the person that we are meant to help. We feel like he has guided us to the perfect adoption agencies, and is still guiding us through each step we take.
Caleb still prays every night for his baby sister. However it has changed. His prayers have turned to to bring her home soon, and being with her birth mom during this challenging time . Both our boys are so excited to be big brothers. Every time we mention something about adoption they both ask when their sister is coming home; it’s quite remarkable that God can use a young child to change hearts to open the door for another child to enter into our family.
We are now waiting for the call that will change our lives forever. We are still figuring out the financial aspect of our journey, we are amazed at the support we have received from friends, family, and church. Thank you for considering donating to our cause.
James and Amy Bekins
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