Since early in our marriage we have talked about adopting. We were both always excited to have children, and to us it did not matter if they were biologically ours or not. We never had a serious talk about it until just this year.
We were about to start trying for our fourth biological child this summer. But in the spring I (Jasmine) didn’t feel peace about it. I told Andrew and he trusted me and said okay, lets give it some time. A month or so later I was reading in my devotions and it was talking about God going to great lengths to craft each individual and how much we are worth in his eyes. We were not accidents. Instantly the thought popped into my head “We are suppose to adopt.”. I prayed on it and told Andrew, who was on board as he had always been. A few days later I had the exact same thought during my time with God, and we started looking into it actively. We knew God had crafted a child for us, even though in a perfect world adoption would not exist, we felt so much peace that this was exactly where God wanted us.
A short time after we made that decision, God started putting things into place. Not by coincidence we got connected with a couple who had just adopted and the mom was adopted herself. God had just given us some new amazing friends and an instant and knowledgable resource for adoption. They have been so helpful in guiding us to make sure our adoption is ethical, and how to care for the expectant mother in the process. Praise God.
We are adopting first and foremost because we feel God leading us to adopt. We feel the call to love a child that doesn’t share our biological connection. We also believe strongly in diversity and recognize that God has knitted each person uniquely together and we want to celebrate those differences. It is important not to just speak the truth but to model it for our children. To show them Christs love as he loves us as his adopted sons and daughters. Lastly, we want to love the mother that births this child. We want to walk alongside her as she makes one of the hardest choices she will have to make and to hope that she can see Christ in us. That God gets the glory and that she can see in the transformation in our lives that he is real and loves her.
The biggest challenge is not opening our hearts and home to a child, but is finding the finances to make this a reality. The estimated total cost for the adoption is $40,000. That’s certainly money we don’t have, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him.We have been awarded a $4000 matching grant from Elmbrook Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. We would be honored if you would pray and consider helping us as we begin this journey.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.”
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