“Motivated by theology, not biology.”
It’s a line we’ve heard many times and now often use ourselves because it really does describe how we view adoption. Adoption was on our hearts even before we were married.
Even then, we saw the Lord intimately involved in the care of orphans in the Scriptures, and we understood that we are now children of God, adopted into His family.
Adoption has turned out to be one of the firmest resolves we’ve ever held. And, I say resolve purposefully here, because we had no idea just how important resolve would be in the adoption process.
OUR FIRST ADOPTION JOURNEY
After falling headlong into deep sorrow over the loss of a baby in miscarriage three years into our marriage, we began to wrestle with the “why nots” of pursuing adoption. We were young, not making much money, still in school, busy helping and serving in our church which was only 2 years old – the odds seemed against us at the time. But, with the encouragement of our church family, our family and our friends, we felt confident that the Lord would provide for us and sustain us in the process.
4 years, 2 months, 19 days…
2 adoption agencies
3 home-study updates
2x the original estimated cost
A ban on intercountry adoption
& the assistance of the United States Congress
…that’s what it took to bring our daughter home from Ethiopia in December 2017. We were resolved to pray and seek the Lord’s help, and we were resolved to bring our daughter home.
Through much fundraising and the generous giving of so many, we were able to cover the cost of her adoption. Through the faithful support of our church family, friend and family, we were able to link arms with the other families caught in the ban to advocate to our Congress for intervention. And, through the faithful prayers of our faith family we saw the Lord melt mountains like wax before our eyes – what seemed utterly impossible not only became possible, but completed.
So, here we are again; round 2! We have been in the process to adopt a little boy from Colombia for about a year now, and it’s not at all been surprising to us that in the middle of our second international adoption we’re facing a global pandemic, which has affected so much of our process.
Already, we’ve experienced delays in getting paperwork done and increased costs. We’ve faced unusual circumstances, to say the least, and it’s become our posture to assume something will inevitably veer of course. We’re already asking big things of the Lord.
Nevertheless, we can confidently say we are walking this journey with an assurance unlike what we had before – the Lord held us, sustained us, and provided everything we needed in our first adoption, and so we we’re resolved to move forward in faithful obedience with a profound knowledge and understanding of the Lord’s kindness and faithfulness to us.
We are so grateful for all those who have, are, and will support us through prayer and financial giving.
It is truly a gift of grace!
We are waiting to receive our referral any day now and hoping to raise the funds needed to complete our adoption.
We are so grateful for Lifesong for Orphan’s ministry! Through their ministry and the generosity of First Baptist Orlando, we’ve received a MATCHING GRANT OF $4000! That means, every dollar raised up to $4000 will be doubled!
By God’s grace, we’ve been able to cover the initial $20K in fees up to this point through small fundraisers on our own and our personal adoption savings. Now, we’re hoping to fundraise the entire remaining costs for our adoption, but we can’t do that alone.
THANK YOU for supporting us! Your generosity is making an eternal impact!
Joseph, Laura, & Eliza
(Thigpen Party of 4, coming soon!)
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
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