In January of this 2013, my husband James left for his third mission trip to Africa. That trip James was going to camp out at an orphanage in Juba, South Sudan. The night before he left, he turned to me and asked, “What if I sneak one of those little guys home in my suitcase?” God used that little joke to begin to stir rumblings on adoption inside my heart. James spent almost two weeks in Africa, and he arrived home late Saturday night, just in time to have a few hours of sleep and get up and have church with City Church Sunday morning. As the invitation portion of the service came, I had a clear calling from God. This calling to adopt a little boy from Africa was so clear, I wanted to rush the stage and share my new command with the whole congregation. I held myself back because something told me I might want to discuss adopting a child from another country with my husband first. After church, I was surprised to find that I was afraid to talk to James about my calling. I was afraid it would be my idea or something I was pushing him into. I hoped that God knew this marriage had two people in it and that He had already talked to James for me. When I finally got up the courage to tell James, the words out of his mouth were, “I already knew that. I knew that before I even left for Africa.” Turns out, I was the last to know.
We knew of a family who had adopted a daughter from Ethiopia. We made arrangements to talk with that family about their experience. After talking with that family, we applied to join the first agency’s Ethiopia program in March. It took about 10 months to complete our home study and dossier. January of 2014, our dossier was sent to Ethiopia. The summer of 2014, I traveled to Ethiopia and ministered at orphanages in Addis Ababa. The next summer James and I both traveled on the orphan care mission trip. And this last summer, our oldest daughter Lucy and I went on the summer orphan care trip. These trips have really helped prepare our family to understand the African culture and orphanage life that our son will come from.
Coming home from visiting family for Thanksgiving this year, I got a text from an adoptive mom that I had met on that first mission trip. She said that I should really look at a different adoption agency’s website. I looked at their waiting child list, and 4 & 1/2 “A”’s little face was the first one I saw. We immediately emailed to ask if he was still waiting for a family. It took about a week to find out that he was still waiting. We prayed about pursuing adopting “A”. It would mean changing agencies and paying agency fees that had already been paid. Even though we knew it would not be easy, we both knew God wanted us to do it. (Please read our update about this.)
Even though the path from our calling to adoption and now has been long, I know God has been with us every step of the way!
I am so thankful that God gave us this calling. All of the waiting, trusting Him, and opportunities to participate in orphan care have changed our hearts and lives forever. We have made dear friends on this path, and our whole family is anxious to love our little boy in person. I’m anxiously awaiting the day when we will have our little guy in his forever home here, in Amarillo, with us.
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