God placed international adoption on Joe’s and my heart when we started dating over 20 years ago. We believe that we have been adopted by Christ. We were once lost in sin but Jesus paid the ultimate price with His own life to give us a new life and identity in Him. We did nothing to deserve the love, grace, and eternal life that Jesus has given us. It is a free gift. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we are a new creation and are God’s child. We have experienced the infinite love that Christ has poured out for us, therefore, we desire to give unconditional love to a child through adoption.
Although, Joe and I have been blessed with four biological children, the stirring to adopt has never left us. We took a year to pray together for God to reveal His adoption plan for our family. After much prayer, discussion, and research, God lead Joe and I to adopt from China.
Our family began the adoption process in the country of India. After a few roadblocks in the India program, we felt called to move to the China program in February of 2020. Once again, a hurdle was put into our adoption journey when Covid-19 closed down both China and America. We stand at this point in our adoption journey, believing what Romans 8:28 says: we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose.
The Lord has called our family to make room for one more child so that there will be one less orphaned child in the world. We are so excited to watch as God writes His story in our family.
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