The adoption of children is a beautiful picture of the gospel, and we have been humbled to have been able to participate in it. We feel God is calling us to do it again, and we anticipate God’s great work on our behalf as He does more than we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
We desired children early in our marriage, but God, in His wisdom, chose something different for us. When we did not easily conceive, we discussed adoption many times, but we struggled to know if or when the Lord would have us pursue it. In 2010, when a family member of Jason’s asked us to adopt her baby, it seemed like God was indicating that it was time, and He was calling us to adoption. While that situation did not end with a child in our home, the Lord led us to continue our adoption journey. In late 2015, we were overjoyed to bring our son Joshua home through domestic adoption. Joshua is now a growing, fun, precious two-and-a-half-year-old boy, and he brings such joy to our home. Since Joshua’s homecoming, we have desired to adopt again, and we now feel that the Lord is leading us to do just that. Our son is African American, and we are Caucasian, and we have a strong desire to provide him with a sibling who shares his birth heritage.
We have felt it a privilege to display the gospel in our home, and we long to do that again. We look nothing like God–we are entirely different than He is. He is holy and without sin, and we are not! And yet, God took us and made us His own, giving us His name and making us His precious, cherished children. We have had that same joy with our Joshua. It will be our privilege and joy to do that again with another child.
We have been diligently saving and have been able to save $15,000 toward our adoption fees. From that savings, we have paid all the fees and other expenses required by our agencies thus far. (Our home study was completed by an agency in North Dakota, and another agency in Georgia will help us with placement.) As the Lord supplies, we will contribute more, but we know it is not possible for us to completely cover the cost of an adoption on our own. We are trusting the Lord to provide the rest of our need. He has already provided $3,000 through an adoption ministry at a North Dakota church, and Lifesong for Orphans has approved us for a matching grant. They will match $3,000 given by our family and friends with another $3,000. We will continue to seek out other grants as well. Please pray with us for God’s provision and His protection and care for the one He is already preparing to join our family!
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