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Proverbs 16:9 says; “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
In April 2018 we decided that we had talked about it long enough, Una had been home from China for almost 2 years, we planned to start this arduous process a year ago. So we set a date and began gathering paperwork and attending trainings at Upbring in Dallas TX, to foster to adopt. We just KNEW God wanted us to adopt a sibling group (and eventually, maybe He still does 😉).
On June 28th we were to travel from Dallas to Nashville, Robin was scheduled to lead worship for Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration for a week, next teaching at WLI (Worship Leader Institute) the second week and I would be spending most of my time with the girls visiting our family and friends. One of our favorite trips of the year! The morning we woke up to get on the road to Nashville, the bottom dropped out- of our van, our finances, and our sanity (temporarily=). Robin looked at me once we *finally* got on the road and said “I think Satan wants to stop this trip, He is NOT happy about something that is going to happen while we are in Nashville!”, we could NOT wait to find out what God had in store!
While on the road we talked a lot. We were having trouble with the decision factor of what age child or children we would be open to accepting into our home from foster care. You see, we were only ONE training and ONE final walk through of our home to being certified as a foster-to-adopt family and would be completing those items once we got back home from the trip.
—– A little back story, 3 yrs ago almost to the day while Robin was working with WLI in Tulsa, in a hotel room there, we *finally* got a certain video to download that changed our adoption path and revealed the ONE little girl out of millions that owned the name that had been divinely planted in our hearts over a year earlier (Una, our youngest daughter home from China October 2016!).
*You can read the full story and see pics on our FaceBook page titled “One For Ju Too – Adoption Journey Page” by scrolling to the beginning of the page.
——– Fast forward to the second week in Nashville.——–
It was morning and I was checking messages on my phone. I had a message from a friend who is a China adoption program director. She had been looking at the shared list when she happened upon a child whose eyes she said looked familiar to her, and she immediately thought of our family. Her message was that “He has your husband’s eyes.” When I saw the boy’s face it was like I had seen it many times before. He looked familiar. I thought maybe I had seen him advocated for before today but it felt like more than just seeing him, maybe I had prayed for him before? My adoption director friend said that there is video that *won’t download*, I KNEW that the video would help to confirm, videos are harder to confuse than photos- the sounds, the scenery, the child’s movements and expressions. Meanwhile, I had shared the photo with Robin, who was in class at WLI. His text response was, “Oh. My. Cuteness! He looks familiar?”. My heart kinda stopped for a beat or two. I told him that I had the same thought and about the video. We waited a couple days while praying for God’s Will to be made clear and we finally received the video. It had not been viewed by anyone except those in China, my China director friend, myself and Robin, THAT day. His file was brand new. We couldn’t have seen him before. Robin and I agreed that we had to pray more specifically and really seek God’s Will. Later that day we headed to downtown Nashville to attend the WLI commissioning ceremony. We discussed the boy, we prayed for him and discernment, a sign of some sort- a very clear sign. Just moments later while parking on the roof top, the curve around dead-ended us into a giant mural. Robin stopped and we stared at it, then at each other unable to speak for a moment. The message and the detail were very clear to our hearts, like a sudden heavy-holy presence laid over us. The mural read, “One day I will rescue your brother, too.” picturing a giant dog wearing an American cape around his neck holding a girl to his chest, in the foreground a dark barred window where a small boy is sitting alone. I wanted to touch the painting because it MUST have still been wet, like some heavenly graffiti artist put it there just for us to see it. Nope- it was dry, and still there when we left the ceremony. But, that mural- that giant sign was definitely no coincidence. Right there in the parking lot we said it out loud; “He is ours!”
Buckle up here we go!! We are all so excited! Robin and I are feeling very humbled to be called a second time to a world changing mission, ransoming a priceless soul who was born to be a Brannon! Isn’t God’s love for us all just incredible!? Thank you for reading our story and praying over joining us as we bring Ju home.
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