We started the process to adopt from China 6 months after we adopted Kai. We were halfway into the process when Laura became pregnant, something every doctor said would never happen. Due to changes in China’s regulations at that time, it appeared that the doors for us to return to China were closing. We lost significant money and grieved this loss, but believed that God would still use our openness.
When our baby turned one, we decided to move forward with exploring adoption. We explored domestic infant adoption and adoption through foster care, but doors closed on both of those options. Our agency then referred us to explore India program with another agency. Within moments of our conversation with the India team, we both felt strongly that this was the perfect fit for our family. We were struck by the spiritual darkness in country, the incredible number of children in need and the medical needs of many children. We desperately want to provide for the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of a child.
We have been impacted often in dealing with our son’s hydrocephalus and brain tumor. It has been scary and even overwhelming at times, but to think of what his life could have been without a family and necessary care is worth every ounce of hardship and anxiety. It is our desire to step into the broken story of another child and bear the medical, emotional and spiritual burdens.
It’s been a long and unexpected journey since we began to pursue our second adoption in 2016, but we are confident that God has been purposeful at every turn, even in the financial loss and disappointment, He is building a beautiful story that will glorify Him and make us more like Him in the process.
When we adopted our son, the theme of our adoption was, Hope Wins. As we have navigated the beginning of this process, we keep coming back to the truth that Hope Still Wins. That is guiding us in the ups and downs of this journey. No matter how the journey feels at times and what direction the journey takes on certain days, we rest assured that hope still wins.
We are midway through this process and currently waiting to be matched with our child. The cost of this adoption is approximately $45,000. This number can feel overwhelming at times, particularly in light of our financial loss at the beginning of this process. Yet, we are eager to see how God will provide.
We are so grateful for the $2,500 matching grant awarded to us through Lifesong and funded by Community Fellowship. We are incredibly grateful for our community of family and friends who continue to provide support as we wait expectantly for God’s provision in all of these things!
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