Our adoption journey to bring Shambo and Kemal home began less than 6 months after we arrived home with our first adopted son, also from Ethiopia.
We had absolutely no idea how we were going to fund the adoption costs, but we knew that if God was calling us to it, He would lead us through it. When we were able to travel to Ethiopia less than a year after seeing their photo for the first time, we were amazed by how God weaved everything together. We spent nearly 3 ½ weeks in Ethiopia, as a family of 8, completing the process to bring Shambo and Kemal home.
From the first moment we met them at the Care Center, we knew that God had put everything in place for that moment. It was an instant connection.
Now, home almost 2 years, we can’t imagine life without them in our family. We are amazed that it has already been that long (and shocked it hasn’t been longer!) They are both thriving!
Each day continues to bring new experiences, new joys, new feelings, and more attachment. Adoption is truly a picture of the gospel.
Lifesong was a large part of God’s provision. The staff was so encouraging and helpful throughout our process. Not only did we receive a matching grant from Lifesong, but we also were able to complete a Both Hands project. Having an account like mySTORY set up through Lifesong for donations from others was a huge benefit. We knew that it was going to take a village to raise the funds for the adoption; being able to clearly direct those who were moved to support financially was a great tool. Lifesong understood our process, knew we were trusting God in big ways, and journeyed with us each step of the way.
God’s provisions were laced throughout our process, enabling us to travel to Ethiopia to get our sweet babies.