I (Kevin) know my wife (Devan) is incredible, but when she told me this, I thought she was nuts…
But boy was I wrong…
A few months back, Devan came home with the kids from one of her Bible study groups to meet me for lunch.
After we got our food ready, we sat down at the table and started eating. Then, she said one of the phrases I hate the most.
“I have something to tell you.”
That phrase can mean a million different things, and I don’t know about you, but when I hear it, usually a bunch of bad things run through my head.
I lost my job or one of the kids got hurt… the possibilities are literally endless.
But what she told me was something I never expected to hear in my entire life.
She said something like, “I got this prompting thought today, and I think it was God telling me that we’re supposed to adopt twins.”
I think I might have actually laughed out lout when she said that!
See, we had talked in the past about how many kids we wanted, and we had both agreed that 2 was great.
We didn’t want to try for a third because we might end up having twins and end up with 4.
Not only that, but we just had a baby a few months earlier and were still getting used to life with 2.
So when she told me that, I thought she was nuts…
But if you know my wife, she doesn’t tend to joke around a whole lot.
Anyways, I said, “Nope. That’s not our plan.” And I tried to move on.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks though, some crazy things started to happen…
She started having more prompting thoughts at the most random times – in the grocery store, out on walks, doing things that had nothing to do with adoption.
She kept telling me about them and said she was praying that God would give her a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer on if this was all just in her head or if He was actually telling her something.
I encouraged her to keep praying for that, and I probably rolled my eyes once or twice.
But then, something else happened…
The next week in Bible study, she had 2 names come into her mind out of nowhere.
It completely knocked off her focus for the rest of the time.
She told me about it and I started to think, “Hmm… maybe she’s not making stuff up.”
Fast forward a couple weeks, she still didn’t have an answer.
And that’s when she did something very wise, but very dangerous…
She recognized that these thoughts were starting to consume a lot of her mind and that her head wasn’t clear to make a decision, so she changed her strategy.
She asked God to give ME the clear decision.
“Oh boy… here we go…”
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
The next week at church, they talked about a prayer night coming up.
By this point, I was starting to open up to the idea, ever so slightly…
So we talked about it and decided that I should go to the prayer night and just see what happens.
But hang with me. It gets even crazier…
Leading up to the prayer night, Devan had woken up in the middle of the night multiple times with songs stuck in her head.
They were songs that she hadn’t listened to in a long time, or had never even listened to before.
And they all talked about orphans and adoption.
Things were starting to heat up, and I was getting a little nervous.
So on the night of the prayer night, I headed out to the church.
I had never gone to one of these events before, so I wasn’t sure to expect.
I found a spot to sit and just observed a little bit.
There was music playing in the background, the room was starting to fill up, it was a fairly relaxed atmosphere…
…but I felt anything but relaxed.
There were SO many things going through my mind.
“If this thing is actually a reality, our life is going to change SO much…”
Finances, family dynamics, date nights, parenting, stress, the list goes on.
So I started dumping my thoughts out, literally pouring out everything that I was thinking into God’s lap.
My emotions were clouded and I felt like I was in one of those out-of-body experiences.
You know what I mean? Like… I don’t even know what’s going on around me right now.
And all of a sudden, it seemed like everything stopped…
A second ago, there were a million things buzzing through my mind…
…and the next second, my mind was completely clear.
And then, for the first time all night…
I could actually hear the lyrics that the worship team was singing.
“The hopeless have found their hope, The orphans now have a home.”
And I completely lost it…
Man… even writing this right now, my eyes are swelling up.
That’s when I knew that, yes, God was calling us to adopt twins.
So I went home, looked Devan in the eyes, and told her that we’re going to adopt twins.
Not because it was EVER part of our plan, but because it’s part of HIS plan.
Over the last few months, since starting this journey, we’ve taken each step with open hands, letting God lead.
We’ve learned so much, we’ve connected with so many new people, and we’ve done some really cool things we’ve never done before.
But because this wasn’t part of our plan until God called us to it, we hadn’t been planning financially for it, so we’ve been hard at work already to raise the funds needed for this adoption.
Since embarking on this incredible journey, we’ve hosted a huge multi-day garage sale, bootstrapped a large Kids Carnival & Silent Auction community event where over 300 people attended, and even held pop-up plant sales along the street outside our house to help fund the adoption process.
While we’ve made significant progress, we’re still $63,209 away from reaching our goal.
These funds go toward vital adoption expenses like home study costs, legal fees, agency invoices, expectant mother expenses, travel expenditures, and post-placement obligations.
Adoption is extremely intimate when dealing with changing the lives of children forever, so it requires an extensive team and extraordinary time and expertise to make sure it’s done ethically and legally.
But we’re not discouraged at the figure of $63,209, and instead…
…we’re excited for the opportunity to see how God uses His power, His resources, and His people to make this miracle happen.
Because let’s be real… we know that finances have never been an issue for Jesus.
He has unlimited resources of the heavens and earth at his fingertips.
Not only that, but we believe in the power of community and the impact we can make together.
That’s where you come in…
Your support can help us make this dream a reality and provide a loving home for the twins that God has in mind for our family.
Join us in this extraordinary mission by contributing to our adoption fund today.
Not only is your donation tax-deductible, but we’ve also received a $5000 matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans, so your donation up to $5000 will be matched!
Together, we can double down on love through adoption.
Thank you for your prayers, consideration, and support.
-Kevin & Devan Weis
P.S. If you would like to follow along on our adoption journey and hear all the ways God is working to make this miracle happen, head to weisadoption.com and we’ll share the story as it unfolds.
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