Surprise – The Johnstons are adopting again! Well it sure was a surprise for us. About 6 months ago we were discussing the prospect of another adoption and what God wanted for our family. We decided we did not want to work with another adoption agency in the future but were still very interested and open to adoption. Together we agreed that we thought that if someone reached out to us saying there is a need to adopt a baby, that this would be a sign from God to us that He was moving and wanted us to pursue this.
In March of 2023, we were at a class offered by their church. Brandon was doing pastoral administrative work out in the foyer and Crystal ran out to him showing off her phone. She said “Look at this text I just got! Crazy, what do you think?” So Brandon carefully read the text. Over. And over. And over again. A friend of Crystal’s reached out to her and said “Hey Crystal, a friend of mine just reached out to me, as they are needing to help find an adoptive family for her daughter’s baby, as her daughter is 6 months pregnant. So I thought of you!”
We looked at each other, and remembered months ago their discussion, that if God sent someone to us that needed a child to be adopted, that is a sign. So yes, the Johnstons are adopting!
We did not have a name picked out, as this was a great surprise to us. As to keep with the family tradition, Brandon insisted this boy must also have a B name. So Brandon quickly started looking at B names online, particularly for a name with a special meaning.
“Aha, I found one” shouted Brandon. As he blurted out the name, Crystal replied “No way, thats the same name I was thinking!”
His name will be Bennett Jonathan Johnston, which means “God gave a blessing”. Jonathan has the meaning of “God gave; gift of God” and Bennett has the meaning “blessed”. It is derived from the older name Benedict, which meant blessed. This was also rooted in the term benediction, which means the blessing. The benediction is a liturgical piece of a church service, where the pastor speaks a blessing and prayer over the congregation. It just so happens to be that Brandon writes the benedictions each week at our church for the pastors to close our services with.
We will be heading north of Dallas in late June to be present for Bennett’s birth. We value your support and prayers as this is a very quick and fast adoption. We have been awarded a $3000 matching funds grant from the Coram Deo Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. They say “it takes a village to raise a child” and we certainly have a wonderful village of people in our life!
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