My husband and I have four kids, a busy life, and so adoption was the last thing on our minds, especially international adoption. We have friends who have done it, we had even adopted domestically once before (so we thought were done in the kid department). I (Sarah), was on Facebook for a quick scroll of my messages, when I happened to scroll past a post that my friend shared about two kids needing to be adopted. Normally, I would honestly not have time to read an article or have a desire to read about these two kids, but for some reason (we all know, it was God’s prompting) I stopped and read about these kids. My son walked in the room, and I shared the story with him, immediately he said “Yes, we need to adopt them, I need a brother”! I kinda giggled at the thought, and thought that was sweet of him. Then my other kids walked in the kitchen, I showed them the post, and the younger girls said, “yes, we need to adopt them”, and Adrianna my eldest said, “no, you’re silly Anthony”, but then a few moments later said, “wait, maybe we should”. I thought they had all gone crazy, so when my husband came home later, I told him about it (assuming he would laugh at the idea too), but he said “well, maybe”. I sat there stunned and replied “well, we can at least pray about it”. So we did pray about it, and every day after we kept receiving scriptures on orphans and widows, the fatherless, and trusting in God. I couldn’t deny God was speaking loud and clear. So, I said, “Okay God, I will call out of obedience” (thinking this might just be a test on obedience). So, I called, and they told us the price. After hanging up, I knew we could never afford that amount, it might have well been a million dollars, because we didn’t have thousands of dollars, and I didn’t know how we could get it. Nor did we have the time to look into this, life seemed busy enough, were we crazy!? So, I told God “well, we tried”. God would not relent, I was crying at the thought of these two children who I’ve never met, why was God tugging on our hearts, for something that seemed so impossible. God begin giving us scriptures like “Is my arm too short? (Is. 59)”, or “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit” (Zech. 4:6). So, we took our small $3,000 we had saved to paint our house and took the 1st leap of faith to start the process. In our obedience, we have seen God open up the storehouses of provision. Every time we came to a need, God brought the money. He sent Friends who volunteered to do fundraisers for us, we received a $2,500 grant, and many friends sent money out of the blue. Just when we needed it. We never missed a deadline, it may have been on the last day, but it came!! God is soooo faithful. From the beginning God has reminded us of the value of one soul to him. Just like in Gen. 16:13 (it speaks of the God who see’s an abandoned Ishmael). God is preparing the heart of an orphan 3,000 miles away for our family, and He is preparing our hearts for an orphan we have never met (maybe even a boy and girl-sibling set). We sometimes feel discouraged with the amount of hoops we have to jump through, the classes, times, money, etc. Then we are reminded of the great extent God would travel for one soul. One lost sheep. Then we understand that we are blessed to be called to join in with Jesus in a beautiful story He is bringing together. We are so thankful for the $3500 matching grant we have received from the Northway adoption fund, administred by Lifesong for Orphans. This will really give our adoption a boost!!
Mando and Sarah, Adrianna, Anthony, Jordyn, and Annalissa
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