We are the Coetzers…. Adrian is from South Africa and grew up the son of missionaries in the countries of Madagascar, the Comoros Islands and France. Jennifer is American and was born and raised in Georgia. We met in Europe and had our first date at the Eiffel Tower and now we’re adopting from Asia!
For as long as we’ve been married, we’ve planned on adopting. To us, adoption just seems natural – there are kids all over the world desperately needing families and the Bible tells us that the care of orphans is “pure and true religion” (James 1:27). If we’re adopted into God’s family, shouldn’t we consider adopting a child into our family since the need is so great? We know adoption is close to the heart of God and we’ve said yes to the call.
We started the adoption process about three years ago, and right after we started our oldest son Sutton, then 3 years old, announced that he was getting a sibling and that his sibling was “going to live somewhere else as a baby and then come home to us”. We took this as an incredible confirmation from God and to come from the mouth of a 3 year old! Our son had no idea we were in the process of adopting, but every night for 3 years he has prayed for his “sister or brother”.
Like many adoption roads, ours has been bumpy and we’ve had to trust God every step of the way. In the beginning, we encountered a lot of spiritual warfare in the form of sudden unexpected medical problems that drained our adoption budget and caused lots of stress and delays. Once these were behind us, we submitted our dossier to the Philippines in hopes of adopting a special needs little girl around the age of 2-4. Over and over we’d show interest in a little girl, but another family was chosen – it was frustrating and heart-breaking. After not being matched again with a little girl we hoped we’d get, we felt God tell us to stop trying to make this happen and just let it go. Letting go of our personal preferences and hopes was hard and yet we believed that God wanted us to do it His way, not our way. For months we stopped doing anything and instead we prayed and we waited and we trusted, and we moved on with our lives not knowing when and how we’d be matched with our child.
You can imagine our great surprise when our agency called out of nowhere six months later to say we’d been matched two years ahead of schedule with a child from the non-special needs list – a healthy BABY BOY! We were definitely shocked and yet we knew that God had orchestrated this all along and this was God’s will – God had fulfilled His promise to bring the right child in His time.
We are excited to be bringing home our little son, Caleb Matthew, this summer.
We recently received a $3,000 matching grant through Promise686 and we are trying to raise an additional $3,000 in order to receive this grant. We have already raised $6,000 which is amazing! Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us to bring Caleb home and help us receive this additional grant money?
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 “Coetzer 5612”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
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