When we decided to get married, we knew that we wanted to have children in the future and raise them for the Lord. When it was time to grow our family, we experienced challenges. We tried infertility treatments that were unsuccessful. We prayed about it, and the Lord led us to start looking into the adoption option.
God planted the idea of adoption in us many years ago. Dan is an adoptee who was placed into a wonderful Christian home at 3 months old. Janelle has been on many international medical missions trips where she has had the opportunity to love, care for, and give dental/medical treatment to orphans in need.
In September 2013, the Lord led us to go with Holt International Children’s Services and apply for the China program.
The adoption process was a roller coaster ride of emotions. The Lord was faithful and working through our stresses over the amount of paperwork, deadlines, and financial strain. We want to thank Lifesong for Orphans fundraising support for blessing us with your ministry. (We wouldn’t have been able to complete our adoption process without your help. Thank you for your serving!)
We received a phone call November 11, 2014, that there was a beautiful 7-month-old girl from China needing a forever family. Of course we said YES! We finally met our 1-year-old daughter, “Gotcha Day,” on April 18, 2015. We decided to call her Zoe, which means “life.” We are thankful that her life was spared and the Lord had her meant for our family. Zoe brings us much joy and laughter.
Looking back on our own adoption process, we see that the Lord is faithful and good to what He has called us to do. It was a long hard journey, but we wouldn’t change one thing about it. It brought us closer to our loving Savior. We are also thankful for all the support of our community of church, family, and friends.
Zoe is an orphan no more!
Psalm 82:3 “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.”
Thank you, Dan and Janelle, for sharing your story! What a great reminder that just because we can’t see a good reason for a difficult situation, it doesn’t mean there isn’t one. So thankful you get to love sweet Zoe!
Feel encouraged by this post? Leave a comment for this family to show your support!