Our adoption story begins with the gospel. In Galatians 4:3-7, Scripture says, "In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!' So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God." God has adopted us as His sons and daughters through the gospel of Jesus Christ. And now, we have the opportunity to tangibly demonstrate this gospel reality to our family, friends, community, and a watching world. We discerned this call to adoption back in 2014, when our church, Summit Church, was hosting a night of prayer and worship as we launched a new initiative called Every Child. That night we heard about God’s heart for the orphan and vulnerable children, and we heard the stories of how many in our church family were serving these children through foster care and adoption. As we worshipped, listened, and prayed that evening, our hearts were captured by God for the plight of the orphan. We soon began the process of becoming licensed foster parents shortly after this. We went into foster believing two things: 1) we would care for the children in our home for as long as the Lord had them there, but reunification was always our goal. 2) If God ever opened up the door for us to adopt, we would say yes. We were only able to take one placement, which led to reunification with siblings in another foster home, and then the Lord called us to serve as missionaries in Thailand. We pursued an adoption while living there, but Leeza was pregnant. In Thailand, you cannot adopt if you have a child under the age of 2. After this door was closed, we assumed we would have to wait until we got back to the U.S. in a few years to serve as foster parents again. Little did we know that God had very different plans for us.
While living in Bangkok, both of us had opportunities to take some mission trips to India. Leeza visited orphanages and worked with women who were leading bible study groups in their communities. Carl was training and coaching pastors and church planters, many of whom were starting small orphanages as a ministry of their local churches. During these trips, we heard the stories of the abandoned children of India. One pastor, Umesh, was telling us about the need in his community. He told us a story that I will remember forever. Umesh was walking down a dirt road in a village just a few kilometers from his church. As he was walking, he stumbled upon a baby crying in a field. The newborn baby was covered in ants and was dying. As he moved toward the child, a man came running out of the small home in the field. He was wielding a machete and began screaming at the pastor. He threatened to kill Umesh if he dared to touch the child. Umesh knelt on his knees and pleaded with the man to let him save this baby, but the man would not allow it. The child died as Umesh cried out to the Lord, unable to help. There was no one he could call, nothing he could do. It was as if that baby's life was of no value. The Lord used this story and our time there to grip our hearts for the nation of India and the approximately 30 million orphaned and abandoned children throughout the country. We know we cannot save every child. But just as God chose us, rescued us, and brought us into His family, we know God is calling us to do the same for a little girl.
But we cannot do this alone. We need people like you to partner with us to help us cover the $35,000-$40,000 in expenses (agency fees, legal fees, travel expenses) that will be required to bring our daughter home. And so, we humbly ask, would you prayerfully consider how the Lord would have you partner with us? Every gift is a huge blessing. And because we have a $5000 matching grant, all gifts will not only be tax-deductible but will also be matched by Lifesong. Words cannot express how grateful we would be for your help and support.
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