Hello, we are Rodney and Alisha Keim and are first and foremost adopted children of God. We have always intended to grow our family through adoption. For me (Alisha), this calling and desire is an early memory. I remember reading about a large adoptive family in a Focus on the Family mailer sitting on our kitchen table when I was very young. God gave me a picture of my own future family that I have carried around in my heart since I was a little girl: the faces in the picture are blurry, but you can tell they don’t look the same and the family is clearly not built only biologically. When I was in high school, my parents became foster parents and my own family of origin has grown through domestic adoption, so the experience is “normal” for me (not always comfortable nor easy…but always right). For me (Rod), Alisha’s clear desire to adopt was never a stumbling block and something I easily accepted, as I believe it is a general calling for all Christians to care for orphans. When we both served as camp counselors for “Royal Family Kids Camp” (a camp for abused and neglected children in foster care) while in college, this calling became far more personal for me as well.
The year after we were married, we spent seven months in Thailand as volunteers with Campus Crusade for Christ, leading teams of college students on Tsunami relief projects. Because of our experience living overseas, we are particularly drawn to international adoption. I guess the other side of the world doesn’t seem so far away when you live amongst its people and have felt their needs.
We currently have three children living in our home: Josiah (9), Selah (7), and Jeremiah (5). We are in the process of adopting our fourth child: Wang Xiang Er. Her profile name on Reece’s Rainbow—which we intend to keep—is Tallulah. Tallulah is nine years old and was found abandoned on September 16, 2009 on a road in China. She was probably about 5 months old at the time and waited 2,980 days for a family to find her before we first saw her face in November of 2017. Tallulah has Down Syndrome, and her medical records also indicate she may have a congenital heart defect. At the time of her last physical (May 2017), she was 8 years old but weighed only 35 pounds and stood 39 inches tall….tiny!
When we told our children about Tallulah, one of their first observations was that she was PERFECT for our family because her name ends in AH (JosiAH, SelAH, JeremiAH, and TallulAH). While google tells us the name is of Native American origin (“leaping waters”), I (Alisha) have studied Biblical Hebrew and I think the name Tallulah sounds like Hebrew (think of the word Hallelujah). Tallulah sounds like the Hebrew words “Dew from Yahweh”…as I looked up passages in the Bible about dew, I realized this is quite perfect. You see, throughout scripture, the presence or absence of rain is understood to be a demonstration of God’s ultimate power and might. He speaks through thunder. He sustains his people through bountiful harvests that are fully reliant on his provision of rain throughout the growing season. If we are able to step into history, it is not hard to imagine the value and necessity of the rain, which only God can control. But God does not water the land only in powerful downpours of rain, he also provides daily for his people’s needs through the regular and reliable gift of the morning dew.
Throughout the process of adopting our Tallulah, we are learning to trust confidently and rest fully in the regular, reliable, constant gift of God’s daily provision. We have followed God into blessed adventure, and must trust daily that he will provide for the journey he has called us on. One way God has provided so far is that we have been awarded a $3,000 Matching Grant from the Tim Tebow Adoption Fund, adminstered by Lifestong for Orphans! This means anything you give today will come to us doubled! We pray that YOU may be a one way that God provides for us in the adoption of our Tallulah.
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