Adoption has always been part of our “Plan A”. During our engagement, we would talk about our vision for our family and we both expressed the desire for biological and adopted children. We were married in March of 2014 and immediately felt led to grow our family. After a couple years, we found out that the other part of our “Plan A” was no longer an option. However, God gave us hearts for the orphans before we knew this. Adoption is in our identity and written in our stories as God’s children. It is an amazing picture of God’s radical love for us (John 14:18). So in January 2017, we began the process of adopting from India.
Not too long ago we were blessed with the match of a little boy named Krishna (7). We were praying God would bless us with siblings but when we prayed about Krishna, the Lord kept nudging us with a “why not?” (James 1:27). A few days later our case worker called with some news. She said Krishna was not by himself and he has been living at the orphanage with his two younger sisters Nema (6) and Seema (5)! Three’s a crowd so we prayed (Psalm 82:3)… then we said yes to adopting all three!
Yes, there are lots of challenges to face including the financial burden of adopting. We considered less expensive ways to adopt, but God closed many doors until we walked through the open one leading to India. We yearned to be obedient to the Lord and His calling while were unsure of how the funding would play out. So far the prayer for provision for our adoption has been a “yes” and “amen”! We consider God’s Word in Philippians 4, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit… And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (v.17-19). That being said, we have been awarded a $3000 matching grant from We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans! As we receive donations they will match them up to $3000 which is a huge blessing and answer to prayer! In addition, we have applied and been gifted by other grants, are having a yard sale, and selling our clothes on an app to continue to raise funds.
As the Lord is divinely orchestrating our journey, He has also carefully knitted our hearts together to be more for Him in the waiting. God has revealed more about His character to us in the waiting and has challenged us to cast our gaze on the cross rather than on any other hope… including the hope of being parents. Our hope lies in Jesus and whenever God blesses us with the day we can be united with our little arrows, we hope to raise them up to be disciples who go out and make disciples. May all praise and glory be to God for it is He “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
Thank you for even reading our story and allowing us to share our lives with you. God bless!
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