Anna and I first thought of the possibility of adopting a child back in 2010. That was when we read the book Radical by David Platt. At that time, we had been married for 3 years and felt that if we struggled having children of our own, adoption would be a possibility for us. In the spring of 2011, we went on a mission trip to Ecuador. We fell in love with the people and the culture. We also fell in love with the children and felt even more strongly that adoption could be something we might one day be called to do, particularly if we were unable to have our own children.
We were blessed with our first daughter, Carlyn in October of 2012 and our second daughter, Brooklyn in September of 2015. Now with two biological daughters, the thought of adoption was pushed further into the back of our minds. But God didn’t let that thought remain there. Over the years, as Anna and I went on mission trips and saw children in need, we were drawn to them and God would water the seed of adoption in our minds and cause it to grow a little. We continued to fall more and more in love with the Latin American culture as we went on mission trips to Mexico and Brazil.
In the summer of 2017, God continued to point our hearts toward adoption, but we would just push the idea away. Then one afternoon in September, Anna and Carlyn were in the car when Carlyn asked a question. “Mama, did you know there are some boys and girls around the world that do not have mamas and daddies?” Anna said, “Yes.” Carlyn replied, “Maybe one day when you go on one of your mission trips, you could bring one home to live with us.” We had never discussed the possibility of adoption with Carlyn, but God was using her to open our eyes and ears to what He was telling us to do. Again, though we pushed the idea to the side.
In November of 2017, on National Orphan Sunday, our church set aside a time during the worship service to focus on the needs of orphans in our community and around the world. During this service, God spoke to Anna and me and confirmed to us that He was calling us to adopt and the time to start that process had arrived. We began looking at different adoption agencies to see what countries they worked with and which ones would work best for us. We felt led to adopt a child younger than Brooklyn who was 2 at the time. We also wanted to adopt from a Latin American country thinking that it would be so awesome to one day take our adopted child back to the region on mission trips.
After talking with a few agencies, God led us to Lifeline who said that based on who they worked with and the information we gave them, our best bet would be to adopt from Colombia. We are currently pursuing a little girl whose file has been locked to us by the orphanage where she lives. We are submitting the final pieces of our paperwork to the Colombian government so that they can approve us for adoption. If this takes place, we will be able to be “matched” with the girl we are pursuing and will hopefully be traveling to Colombia to bring her home sometime this spring.
We have been so blessed already through this process and look forward to seeing how God will move as we get closer and closer to bringing our child home. We have been blessed to receive a $3000 matching grant from Colonial Heights Baptist Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. We are grateful to them for their assistance in matching your donations as we raise funds to bring home our child. Read below for information on how you can donate and be a part of bringing our child home. Thanks for your prayers and support as we go down this road!
STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Burns 8052”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
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