This past fall, God called us to Journey with him through the process of adoption!
Now, although this news is new, and huge, unknown and crazy! – this isn’t exactly “new” news to us.
Our story starts almost 3 years ago…
God broke my (Sara) heart and very clearly called me to orphan care in January, 2015. He gave me the promise that one day he would add more children to our family.
At that point Matt was not on board. For months, I struggled and prayed thru my frustrations, until God confirmed that I was in a season of waiting. So I listened, I didn’t push. (Which is a miracle in itself!)
Although I was willing to wait, doing nothing felt disobedient. So I searched for places to volunteer or ways to become involved. By fall of 2015, I had found my place in the Refugee Housing Dept at Bethany Chr Svcs. And my heart has been there ever sense!
In January of 2016, I met a very special girl in my sons class at school. Within minutes, God began to tear apart anything I thought I knew about adoption; through my interaction with this little lady.
A few months later, I became her “Big Sister” (via BigBrothersBigSisters). Although she is incredible, we have not been called to be her forever family.
This season of Waiting HAS proven to be fruitful. We were able to host our third set of Chinese exchange students and provide short term housing for refugees.
I know now, that without waiting, we would have lacked the experiences, growth and a joined hearts desire to walk this path of adoption.
In the fall of 2016 when God literally sold our house and moved us into a larger one in our neighborhood (within 5 weeks), I knew it was beginning of him fulfilling his promise.
Fast forward a bit to January (2017). While out for a run, God touched Matt’s heart and literally called him to adoption with the words “It’s time”. He spoke to Matt, not just to his heart – but audibly. (Makes me a bit jealous as I have yet to hear from God this way.)
As he heard the words, “it’s time”.
After ignoring Gods quiet whisper of “its time” a couple times (and thinking that that wasn’t what he was hearing) he kept running…
Until he heard the final “it’s time” so loudly that it was like a slap in the face. Matt even stopped running to turn and look behind him to be sure no one was talking to him!
He raced back to then car and texted me to say God had told him that it’s time for us to move into the process of refugee foster care and/or adoption.
I figured once Matt got on board, God would work quite quickly. But he didn’t.
For the next 10 months, we anticipated direction of some sort and anxiously awaited for God’s plan to roll out… It was slow going. Until it wasn’t!
In October (2017), I received my normally, scheduled email of the weeks “waiting child”. Now sometimes I delete these emails before opening, some I open and read, occasionally I even watch the attached video. But this day – I read the bio, watched the video and something inside of me immediately stirred. I watched the video again, yup – same feeling. At that time, I wasn’t sure if the feeling was for this particular little girl, the country or for the agency itself. I sent it to Matt. I asked him to read the bio watch the video and let me know what he thought or if he had any feelings about it. Two days later, he told me that something stirred within him too! And that we should email for more info.
Over the next few days, and tons of crazy happenings, God confirmed our call to adoption as well as a specific country in Latin America. He also put on Matt’s heart that we needed to adopt a sibling group (most likely 3 kids) and that keeping a family together was important.
We have been approved to adopt from the US government and have completed our Dossier (Colombian paperwork) and are awaiting their approval.
At this time, we don’t know much more than that. Like which kiddos, how we will even afford it and how we could possibly spend up to 4 weeks out of country?!
What we do know is that this IS the path God has for our family. And that the process can be long and unsure. Thankfully, where the Lord guides, He provides.
The most recent evidence of that provision is that we have just been awarded a $5000 matching grant from the generous folks at “We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund” out of Indianapolis, IN. (administered by Lifesong for Orphans) This means that for every dollar we raise, it will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $5000). Thank you Lord!
So join us, on our crazy adventure!
We would love your prayers, support and encouragement. Ha! We’re going to need it!
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