Our story is still being written and we are excited to see how our family will come together! Why would we choose adoption when we have 3 biological children; well its very simple, God has called us to play a role in the orphan crisis. We feel our specific role is to adopt two children. Not only do we feel God is using our family as a vessel to change the trajectory of two lives forever, but He will simultaneously use these children for divine purposes in our lives and the lives of those with whom they come in contact. Adoption has never been a plan B for Adam and me. Have you ever had a ringing or buzzing in your ears you couldn’t get rid of? Sometimes you’re solely focused on it and can think of nothing else. Other times, life distracts you from the sound. It is still there, but not dominating. Well, February 2019 adoption became a dominating buzz in our ear. It wasn’t just one bee. It was a swarm in the form of God calling us to the uncomfortable road of international adoption, and He had two older children waiting. This did not fit the original mold we had for our family. In our perfect world, we saw ourselves welcoming an infant; however, through eternally purposed encounters with people in our lives and dedicated time in the Word, we have come to realize the Lord has something much different and much greater for us and our two children waiting.
Sometimes, God has to sidetrack us to get our attention, and He used a recent simple illness to accomplish that purpose. While Kiira was sick, she was able to spend some much-needed time in prayer and introspection with the Lord. Through that quiet time, she began to feel a nudging towards physically looking into adoption. It was as if we were taking my hand and grasping “someday” out of the air and turning that someday into now. Thinking that we would go the domestic infant adoption route, we began on that path, but did not feel a solid confirmation from the Lord. Over the next two days, we prayed and listened. He very clearly spoke and said, “I’m not calling you to comfortable. I’m calling you to walk in faith and to take a step that is going to appear ‘crazy’ to those on the outside.” Our feet were on the path. We were not ready to take a great next step, but God stopped my foot mid-air and turned it from infant to older child. After much conversation about adopting an older child, Adam, was not on board and did not want to pursue adoption of any kind, especially of an older child. We felt that this was our confirmation to no longer proceed.
Two to three days later, Kiira received a text message that seemed to nudge us back towards the path. A family friend, adopted from Liberia, reached out. Kiira made a phone call to Across the World Adoptions. They indicated they were not taking active applications because of the special needs and older children they had waiting. We discussed the information collected, and Adam expressed there was no way were adopting older children.
About a week later after much prayer and reflection, Adam indicated the Lord had changed his heart, and he felt we were being called to move forward with the adoption process. We completed the paperwork to start the home study process and the agency application. We knew the two older children ATWA had told us about were the children God placed before us. We think that the most important things that we could impart on these children is their identity in Jesus Christ. We want them to know that they are loved, they are wanted, and that God has a grand plan for their life.
Signing the paperwork took us from being half way on a path that didn’t seem quite clear to us, to jumping into a God-ordained journey feet first! Then we received information on cost. WOW. We knew that adoption was expensive, but we also knew God was calling us to take this next step no matter what it looked like in the end. Because of the cost, we decided to put our extra plot of land up for sale. We have not had luck in selling it, but we have faith God will provide. We are applying for a grant from Pure Gift of God because the simple answer is we don’t want to have our children waiting any longer for a forever family. Finances could be a HUGE barrier to the progression of this adoption. We know God is calling us to fully surrender in Him and have faith He will supply our needs beyond our expectations. We know these kids are ours and adoption is part of the gospel from James 1:27. We take comfort in knowing what is breaking our hearts also breaks our Father’s heart. He does not want to leave these children as orphans, but give them a FOREVER, loving family.
We’re really thankful that God has provided in all that ways that he has to bring our children home, but there are still financial needs before us. We have been blessed to receive a matching grant from Mission Point's adoption fund with LifeSong in the amount of $4,000. Our goal date for the grant is August 24th but funds will be accepted until our adoption is complete and we are all home together.
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 “Churchill 08533”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
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