Ever since we got married, we had always considered orphan care as something we wanted our family to be involved with. We had been exposed to adoption and foster care in many different ways but it wasn’t until we moved to Champaign in 2017 that we really felt the Lord calling us to adopt for ourselves.
As we got more plugged in to our church, we started noticing that many families there were currently fostering, had fostered, adopted, or were helping in different non-profit organizations that were advocating for vulnerable children.
One night, I (Lauren) randomly decided to start doing some research on how the process of adoption even worked. Sovereignly, the very next morning we heard that a family from our church who had been waiting to adopt was finally matched with a baby that was just born and they were going to the hospital that day to meet their new child! Something in our hearts moved in that moment and we knew that we wanted to be a part of something like that.
It was one thing to hear and think about adoption but quite another to hold our friends’ foster babies, make meals for friends that were accepting new foster placements, and celebrating with our friends over this new baby that the Lord gave them through adoption.
So in the winter of 2019, we made it our New Year’s Resolution that we would begin to pray about being a part of adoption/foster care for ourselves. We wanted to spend serious time seeking the Lord to see if this is where He was leading us.
As we prayed, the Lord pressed into our hearts the significance of our own spiritual adoption. We rejoiced at how God has adopted us into His family as His own sons and daughters, at great cost to Himself. It became more and more clear that God was showing us His heart in loving and caring for vulnerable children and how He was inviting us to be a part of it.
The rest is history. We applied with FAC (Faithful Adoption Consultants) in June and continued to just take one step at a time to get to the point where we are now. We were matched with an expectant mom on December 2 and Lord-willing, will add to our family when the baby is born (due Jan 28)! This has been a whirlwind of an experience but we are so grateful for how God has led us.
The Lord has already provided more than half of what we need. Now, we are trusting Him to provide an additional $5,000 (alongside a generous 100% match from Lifesong) which will just about get us to the finish line and all of the remaining expenses will be covered.
We will continue to periodically provide updates and prayer requests throughout our adoption journey. If you would like to receive those updates, you can follow us on Instagram @wang_adoption or via email by clicking “Receive Story Updates” in the upper right section of this page.
Thank you for reading our story and even more thanks for your prayers!
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