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February 23, 2018

The Power of Prayer in Adoption | Family Friday

Our adoption journey is marked by so many accounts that can only be explained by God’s hand working in our adoption. The main detail that is such a huge part of the story God is writing through our son, Steele, is that the same day that we emailed our agency to ask if Steele was available for adoption was the same day that China prepared a file for him to become available for adoption. We learned about Steele through our agency’s website as they had a program to support some orphans in China who were unlikely to be adopted and who came from very hard places. Steele was one of those sweet children, and his picture was on our agency’s website. Later, we built a relationship with a young woman who works for our agency. In talking to her, we learned that she had spent several weeks in China caring … Continue reading

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November 3, 2017

When Two Becomes Eight Kids (and counting!) | Family Friday

Our plan when I married my wife was to have one or two children. Lifesong recently helped us add our eighth. From the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful God allowed us to be part of His plan in this way and to be surrounded by our incredible children. It is amazing He was able to pull us through our own selfishness to the life we now live! God has orchestrated every step in our lives to lead to being a large adoptive family that will continue to grow, giving us abilities and circumstances to make it happen. After I unexpectedly lost my father at age 17, my wife’s parents virtually “adopted” me, taking me into their home and spiritual training. This was the first notion of adoption that entered into our lives. Later on, He brought us face-to-face with other adoptive families, catching and holding our attention … Continue reading

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September 22, 2017

Where Life and Death Meet in Grace and Adoption | Family Friday

The adoption of our precious daughter is part of a legacy where God connected the dots of His sovereignty over 2 young lives, down to the smallest details. We started on the path to adopt a child with a limb difference because we had a nephew who was born with orthopedic special needs. He passed away unexpectedly in the middle of our adoption process, but our travel approval arrived on what would have been his third birthday, and we left for China on the first anniversary of his death. Over the years we have had the privilege of supporting a number of friends in their adoption journeys through participating in Lifesong-facilitated financial support programs. When we found ourselves called to adopt, we knew we wanted to partner with Lifesong. We wanted to create a pathway for others to share with us in the joy of extending the gift of family to … Continue reading

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June 23, 2017

When Staying Alive Depends on Being Adopted | Family Friday

We adopted Philip and Arthur from China nearly one year ago. Both of our sons have cerebral palsy. Philip, 4 yrs., was unable to self-feed, walk, or speak when we brought him home. He is now doing all three! Only God. Arthur was in serious condition, although we didn’t realize the extent until after many appointments and testing. On gotcha day he could not even hold his head up. He needed to be held and cradled like a newborn even though he was almost 3. The muscle tightness described in his medical file turned out to be spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. He was also silently aspiring everything we fed him. Surgery was done to insert a feeding tube and slowly he is growing stronger. Arthur is now able to stand with support and attempting a few steps. Many doctors have said that because of the shape he was in he … Continue reading

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May 19, 2017

God Works in the Waiting Room | Family Friday

I love adoption. It’s beautiful … messy … hard. It’s the big stuff — hope, joy, grief, love, sacrifice — wrapped up in one. Adoption makes a world of difference to a child in need. It builds families. It’s an example of God’s handiwork. And being part of anything God does is just, well, awesome. When my husband and I brought two toddlers home from Russia in 2005, I knew I wanted to adopt again. So many children without families. I couldn’t take it. And I love kids, so why not parent one more? My heart ached. “Just one more Lord. Please. I’m willing. I want to go. Please Lord. Send us again. Send us back to Russia. Please say yes.” But, for ten years, God didn’t say yes. He actually said no. Big noes. Like slam the doors shut, and throw away the keys kinds of noes– a job loss … Continue reading

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May 5, 2017

Why Adoption is Supposed to be Hard

My wife and I have been home from China with Jeremiah for 6 weeks, and when people ask me how we’re all doing I usually say … “We’re alive, and that’s our only goal right now, so good I think.” We could safely say that this has been the most stretching and overwhelming two months of our lives, and tears have been plentiful in the Clements household. Kristi and I have always been staggered by how clearly adoption is a picture of the gospel. It’s no accident that Paul uses the imagery of adoption multiple times to describe what God did for us–that we were spiritual orphans, completely hopeless and as good as dead–and God adopted us into His family through the costly blood of His Son. He chose to take on immense suffering on our behalf, so that we could be reconciled to Him. So when we were dating, engaged and first married, … Continue reading

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April 28, 2017

3 Reasons to Seek Adoption Funding | Family Friday

Brad and I knew that God’s journey for us was Chinese adoption, but like so many adopting families, we weren’t exactly sure how we were going to pay for the adoption process. We are an ordinary family, we are not wealthy and do not come from money. Specifically, I (Leslie) am typically the worrier of the two, but for some reason I was not worried about affording this very expensive adoption. I just knew that if this was God’s plan for our family, he would provide. I searched many avenues to raise money for our adoption when I came across Lifesong. I completed the application, we met with a pastor from church to write a recommendation on our behalf, and we just prayed. We were ecstatic when we received the email confirming a matching grant for us! We nervously sent out letters to all of our family members, friends, and … Continue reading

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