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September 18, 2015

A Thanksgiving Story

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The topic of adoption first came up during our engagement, as it was always something I (Molly) felt a calling towards. We began talking and praying about adoption when our youngest biological child was one year old, and it was neat to see how the Lord had been working in Gabe’s heart. We asked our children what they thought of the idea, and our oldest son said if there is a child who doesn’t have a family, then we should share ours. In November of 2011, we began the paperwork to adopt a little girl from Haiti. After that, the Lord provided just the right agency, a home study agency, and the time that was needed to fill out all of the paperwork. We were blessed to have enough funds in our savings account to begin the adoption process, but knew we did not have the full amount to complete … Continue reading

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May 21, 2015

Can You Help?

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ADOPTION IS EXPENSIVE. The more Lance and Amy learned about the orphan crisis, the more convinced they became that God wanted them to adopt. They saw the need and knew it would be wrong to do nothing to help. Like many families who adopt, Lance and Amy wanted to finance the adoption on their own, but expenses mounted and the task seemed impossible. “It was not easy to share our need and ask for others to help us, yet friends and family responded generously.” God continued to impress on Lance and Amy’s hearts that He would bless those who defended the fatherless, regardless of the role they played. With only a couple months left in their adoption process, Lance and Amy depleted their savings and believed their final option was to take out a loan to finance travel expenses to and from Colombia. God gloriously provided the opportunity for a … Continue reading

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May 13, 2015

Growing from 5 to 11

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Michael and Suzanne say they’re just an ordinary family. They help out with homework, share family dinners, and try to keep their schedule straight. While this ordinary family started out with three children, God has been leading them on an adventure… Through a study of Isaiah, God spoke to Suzanne through His Word, piercing her heart to “seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17) This was the start of a four-year journey leading Suzanne and her husband, Michael, to Ethiopia 3 separate times to adopt 6 precious children.   How in the world could they afford this?   Through the love, support, and generosity of their local orphan ministry, they received matching grants through Lifesong to help fundraise to meet the financial cost of each adoption. The dollar-for-dollar matching grants acted as a catalyst, encouraging others to give, while raising awareness of … Continue reading

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April 3, 2015

Carrying on a Legacy {Family Friday}

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Our adoption story started a long time ago. When my mother was growing up, my grandparents opened their home to dozens of children in the foster care system. They modeled selfless love by putting feet to the gospel and giving sacrificially of what little they had. My husband Josh and I wanted to carry on their legacy in our own family.  Through their example, God placed the desire in our hearts to adopt.  In 2006 and 2009, God blessed us with our two biological sons, Luke and Colby.  In 2011, we began to feel God directing us to begin our adoption process.  This was a daunting thought for us because we didn’t know where to start or how to finance it.  But, as He always does, God continued to guide us and provide for us.  We were soon matched with a birthmother in Florida who had chosen an adoption plan … Continue reading

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February 28, 2015

Our Puzzle Pieces Didn’t Fit…But God’s Did!

While we were still in the process of adopting our first son, Hudson, we knew we would adopt again.  After seeing the faces of the children left behind, we knew we had room in our hearts and home for more sons and daughters.  It wasn’t a matter of if we would adopt again, but rather, when.   As soon as the three of us returned home, we started looking for the right fit for our family in respect to agencies and countries.  We asked a lot of questions.  Some doors slammed shut.  Others remained tentatively opened.  About six months after we returned from Russia as a family of three, Ryan’s job was terminated due to finances.  Things were put on hold as we scrambled to make sense of this, and find a new way to provide for our family.  God answered our prayers by sending us across the country, where we … Continue reading

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February 20, 2015

We Chose to Trust God {Family Friday}

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In the spring of 2012, Tara and I responded to God’s Word in James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  I had great apprehension about a $45,000 adoption journey. Beyond the expense of much time, energy, and emotion, we chose to also trust God for the financial resources.  Besides, wealth is a value of the world whereas obedience and redemption have everlasting value.  While the journey stretched over two and a half years, a look back at specific occasions reveals God’s provision and blessing. Six months into the process, Tara and I were discussing the $5,000 payment due in order to proceed. We had already applied for many grants, and I became discouraged with the immense costs still ahead of us, so we prayed … Continue reading

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February 13, 2015

For Peter’s Sake {Family Friday}

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In Spring 2013, our family was complete.  We had six children, including adopting four children from China in four quick years.  Our house was full and busy!  So I (Shelly) made an effort to help advocate for children in China’s orphanages who still were in need of forever families. Especially older children.   One boy came into our path who was older and had a limb issue.  As an older boy with a limb difference, he had been waiting for a family. We were told very few had inquired about his information.  I began to post information about him to various adoption groups via social networking. We also found a US organization that had visited him in the past on a service trip and we gained more information on his personality, his medical need, and his life in the orphanage.   For six months I kept in communication with the … Continue reading

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