Friends and family, we have been APPROVED for a $2,500 matching grant from Lifesong! Many of you know that we are already matched with an expectant mom and she is due April 14! Won't you consider giving to help us meet our financial goal? WE are SO close! It really does, Take A Village. Below is our adoption story and how we got to this point:
Our adoption testimony starts out much like our relationship does. Having children, whether naturally or through adoption has been on the table since our first date! Through the first year of our marriage, we tried to conceive naturally, to no avail. It was at this point we had to determine whether we would spend a substantial amount of money in the pursuit of conception, or follow what we believe God had called us to…adoption.
This particular direction became apparent to me, Andrew, about a year into our marriage. I strongly felt God was leading us to adopt and do so domestically. I did, however, believe that God would work Nicolle’s heart to this conclusion and in her time. Until this happened, it was my honor to support her and be a source of encouragement in our continued efforts in trying to have a baby naturally. But, I knew, through prayer God would eventually lead her heart in the direction of adoption.
I remember distinctly the day Nicolle’s heart was stirred to adopt. Our good friends, Matt and Liz Alexander, began their adventure into Foster Care. The first Sunday they came to church with their little child, I could see Nicolle changing right before me! We made it through service, and began talking immediately in the car about what had been going on in her heart during the service. She felt God was directing us to adopt domestically, and that we needed to get started immediately to find out what avenues we needed to take to start our journey. I spent the rest of the evening on the computer searching for adoption steps, and calling friends we knew who had adopted.
We have come to rely heavily on our friends CJ and Andrea Mills, and also Jordan and Melissa Palmer! Throughout these steps, the Mills have encouraged us through prayer, insight, and emotional support, while the Palmers have been very supportive through prayer, logistical efforts, and even introducing us to the agency that we are now working to adopt through! While these are two great examples of those supporting us through our journey, we know we have hundreds of others supporting us both in prayer and financially.
Ultimately, we believe God has called us to a Domestic Adoption, and we believe He has prepared and has placed a baby in this world for us! Just as Christ has adopted us into His family through Salvation, we are anxiously awaiting our moment to choose and adopt this child into our family! And, throughout this process, we are praying for our birth mother, her support system, her emotional and spiritual well-being, and the child that she ultimately is carrying for us. We know God was the one who instructed us to adopt, and we are relying on Him for provision every step of the way!
-Andrew and Nicolle Ginter
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