From the time we were married we had discussed the idea of adoption, but we were never sure it was something God was calling us to until later on in our marriage. In 2011, after being a part of and leading teams through our church to Haiti on different mission trips to help an organization that partners with our church, we felt God calling us to move there. We worked as missionaries with Nehemiah Vision Ministries in Haiti for two years. During our time in Haiti, along with many different experiences and challenges that arose, we had the opportunity to take care of and fall in love with a little Haitian girl who was in the process of being adopted by an American family. The family had previously moved down to Haiti to work as missionaries, too, but due to a freak accident that occurred while living there, they had to return to the States before their adoption had finalized, so they were unable to bring their adopted daughter home with them at that time. It was during the almost year we spent taking care of this little girl in Haiti that God started stirring in and working on our hearts and moving us towards adoption.
When we moved back to the States in 2013, we started praying and learning more about what it would look like for us to start the process of adopting from Haiti. In 2014, we attended our first international adoption meeting with an adoption agency and found out we met the requirements to adopt from Haiti. Shortly after this meeting, after lots of prayer and thinking through it all and feeling like God was calling us to take the next step, we started the process of adopting from Haiti.
Alot has happened in our lives since we started this process in 2014! Katie started and graduated nursing school, we have moved three times, and Silas was born! But after six long years, we have FINALLY received a referral for an almost two year old boy in Haiti!! Interestingly enough, he is in a children’s home about 15-20 minutes from where we lived while in Haiti. We are beyond excited to finally have a face and a name for our new son!! When we showed Silas a picture he asked if he could hug him and proceeded to hug the phone with the picture of our son and we both teared up seeing this! (Side note: at this time, we are unable to publicly share many details about him including pictures and we thank you all for your understanding.)
We are so very thankful and feel so privileged that God has given us this opportunity to have this sweet boy join our family and call him our son. One thing we continue to learn, see, and experience is that adoption is beautiful, but also messy and hard as it stems from brokenness and loss. I absolutely love this quote by Jody Landers, as it continue to resonate with me/us, “when a child born to another woman calls me mommy, the magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.” So as we are excited to see our family grow, we are also mourning the loss our son has experienced and will likely continue to experience throughout his lifetime. We are committed to keeping him connected to his country and culture as much as we can and as much as he is willing to stay connected throughout his life. We believe that God gave us our time in Haiti to help with this along with Brandon’s job which has allowed him to remain closely connected with Haiti and develop new relationships in Haiti.
So next steps and the logistics.……..
We have been able to cover the expenses of the adoption so far with a combination of early donations back in 2015 from friends and family, a grant from Help Us Adopt, and our own personal finances. However, as we are now in the final stages of the adoption process we have some upcoming expenses. First, we are required to travel to Haiti for a socialization trip for 15 days which we think will happen in November 2020. Then shortly after this trip, we will pay our final adoption agency fees. These fees will cover the remaining work done in both the US and Haiti for the next 12-18 months before we are allowed to bring him home. Also, we will pay upfront for annual post-adoption reports that will be required for the first 8 years after our son is home with us. We have set a goal of $15,000 to help cover these final expenses. Thankfully we have received a matching grant from a Lifesong ministry partner, We Care for Orphans, to help us with the fundraising process. So every dollar donated will be matched and will be tax deductible through this wonderful organization!
*Prayer request include:
1. Our Haitian son and his health and safety and those who work to care for him at the orphanage
2. Brandon and I as we travel (and Silas as he can’t go with us for the first 2 week trip)
3. Silas as he walks through this journey as a four year old trying to process it all
4. All the unknowns that we will continue to trust God with as they arise J
Thank you for partnering with us on this journey of listening to God’s call to grow our family through adopting from Haiti. We will do our best to keep you all updated over the next 12-18 months while we wait for final details of the adoption to be finaliized!
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