Our story truly began when we, Clayton and Angie, started dating in college. God gave both Clayton and I a heart for people of all nations through an international student ministry. I had gone to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert and God had birthed in my heart the idea of adoption specifically to Asia. Clayton and I were married in 1997 and shortly after had three biological children. In 2007, Clayton was listening to a radio program and was encouraged to take the first step and just get information about adoption.
So we did. We officially took the first steps (or leaps) of faith in adoption. After taking one step of faith after another, we brought home our son from East Asia in 2008. Then in 2010 and 2012 we added another daughter and son to our family. To be honest, we really thought our home and hearts were full and complete, but God had other plans.
In 2016, a year before we ever laid eyes on our precious boy, God began stirring in our hearts once again to take that leap of faith. After praying for about a year, God made it very clear to us our next adoption was to be a sweet little boy from East Asia blessed with Down syndrome.
So here we are, two years later. Our family is so excited, nervous, and just relying on the Lord for every step to help bring Gabriel Chandler Ge Ge home! We chose the name Gabriel because it means “God is our strength” and that could not be more perfect for our family over the past year and a half of waiting for this boy and the things God is doing in our hearts. All of our kids have middle names with family significance. “Chandler” is the last name of the woman who cared for Ge Ge in sickness, nurtured him back to health, and will forever love him with us. She and her husband have made an eternal difference in his life as well as countless other children. Ge Ge is his given name by his foster mama meaning “beautiful singer” because when he was a baby, he made the cutest singing sounds.
We cannot wait to have him in our forever family! This adoption – this leap of faith – has been different than the others now that our children are older. Everyone has helped and sacrificed in one way or another to help bring Gabriel home to his forever family. Cookie sales, yard sales, T-shirt sales, sheet sales, and babysitting while we work on paperwork! All of those things plus generous donations have gotten us through the home study and homeland security process and with the other grants we have or expect to receive we have $12,000 left to raise for agency, travel, and country fees. Part of that $12,000 is a matching grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation for $3,000- so if we raise $3,000 then they match it for $6,000! We knew going into this adoption it would be hard BUT we are grateful God is an amazing provider and we are grateful for places like LifeSong that can facilitate donations and grants like these!
Thank you again for partnering with us to bring Gabriel Chandler Ge Ge Dinn home. Thank you for being a part of his story! Step by step God is leading us through this process, and we are running to bring Gabriel home!
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