Hello! We are the Nelson family – Troy and Melissa, and our sons Elijah (10) and Samuel (7). We are so thrilled to be walking this path of faith to bring two more members into our family! We feel honored that God would choose us for this great calling.
Perhaps, if asked early in our marriage, we would have said that we were open to the possibility of adoption. We certainly viewed it as a wonderful thing, but it was not at the forefront of our plans for many years as we settled into married life and started a biological family.
In 2013, our family relocated from upstate New York to mid-coast Maine to serve in a local church there. Little did we know that God had placed us there for more than just the pastoral ministry that was the immediate reason for our move. We found in this church a very strong community of orphan advocates and adoptive families, and it was there that our eyes were truly opened and our hearts were stirred. We began to see God’s love for orphans throughout the Scriptures and that caring for orphans was part of “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless” (James 1:27 NIV). This care was modeled before us, over the course of a few years, as we watched several families that we knew bring international orphans into their homes for short-term hosting programs. Some of those families also pursued adoption. The orphan crisis seemed much more real after ‘rubbing shoulders’ with a few of them, and we began to consider what part we might have in orphan care.
In the winter of 2016, we felt God lead us to participate in a 4 week orphan hosting program. We believed that even this short period of time would be a valuable opportunity to offer love and memories to a child who needed those things. We were doubly blessed to have two siblings from Ukraine, S and O, in our home that winter. We were forever changed by the experience, and found it very difficult to let them go at the end of the hosting period. As we sought God’s will through much prayer and consideration, we did not feel Him leading us to pursue adoption at that time. We began praying for God to provide a family for them and to show us His plan.
Through unexpected circumstances, we were given opportunity to re-host one of the same children the following summer (2017) as a backup family, while the other remained in Ukraine. We were surprised and did not know what God was doing in us, but we stepped forward and poured into this girl for another 6 weeks. Although we still did not sense God calling us to pursue adoption, our love for both of these siblings was strong. We continued to pray.
By the following winter, in His own perfect time, God used specific circumstances and individually spoke to each of our hearts to show us that His answer had not been “no”, but “wait”! He clearly impressed on us all (our boys included!) that we should attempt to add these two to our family. There aren’t adequate words to express the joy that this brought to our hearts. We began the long process in early spring of 2018. Over and over since that time, God has confirmed to us that as we walk in obedience to what he has called us to do, He will provide for our needs and orchestrate the details in ways that only He can. It is both humbling and awe-inspiring to see His hand in it all! We are excited to be moving forward and eager to finalize the adoption, bringing two more cherished members into our forever family.
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 “Nelson 8086”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
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