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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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January 26, 2018

The Bumpy, Dark Road of Adoption | Family Friday

  Adoption was in our hearts for a long time. For Georgie the desire has been there since she was a little girl. For Wyley, it came later in our marriage when we were told we wouldn’t be able to have children. The Lord gave us three biological children and called us to the mission field, so our desire to adopt remained there but never seemed to be the “right time.” There were so many reasons that made adoption impossible, barring a miracle. We didn’t make enough money, we were living in very rural areas and were always transitioning … … Until the Lord clearly and graciously told us to adopt as we were on a visa run in Thailand. Our adoption started 2 years ago in what was supposed to be an 8-month process. I wish our testimony was one of extraordinary faith, where we just trusted and steadily … Continue reading

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January 12, 2018

Did God Really Tell You to Adopt? | Family Friday

2 years. So much can happen in that time period, and yet it can also feel excruciatingly, hopelessly slow. 3 fundraisers, dozens of grant applications filed, innumerable nights and days of pleading, agonizing prayers. 2 adoption fall-throughs. These are just a handful of the things we experienced on our journey of domestic adoption. Our family finished our home study and began waiting for that phone call from our agency on June 1, 2015. We were brimming with hope and confident about the calling we had felt from God to pursue domestic adoption. As we began the process of adding to our family, our biggest fear was finances. And so, with our home study complete, I feverishly began filling out grant applications and exploring every possible avenue to save money and raise funds. My husband took a second job, we sold everything we could get our hands on (including many things … Continue reading

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December 27, 2017

God Used You to Re-Write This Family’s Story

. Years ago, Jack and Lindsay became aware of the plight of the orphan and the significant need for families to welcome children home. So they determined to adopt “someday”–either after their three children were teenagers or they were able to save enough money to fund the process. Funding, after all, is the number one reason more families don’t adopt and more children don’t grow up with a family to call their own. The more they learned about children in need, the more convinced they became that God wanted them to pursue adoption sooner than “someday.” And so–with strong conviction in their hearts and very little money in their pockets–they took the first step of faith. A long journey filled with obstacles Their first adoption agency filed for bankruptcy on the same day they expected to learn about the child with whom they would be matched, and then the doors on … Continue reading

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November 8, 2017

5 Things to Pray for Your Child’s Birth Parents

Every time I kiss my son’s silky black hair or hold his little hand, I am reminded that somewhere in the world, a set of parents is missing out on the same opportunity. I do not know anything about my son’s birth parents–what prompted them to abandon their baby just days after his birth, or if they are still alive today. That said, I recognize that adoption is complicated. In some cases, the child’s parents have died. In other cases, the child’s biological parents couldn’t or didn’t want to parent and no biological caretakers were able to help. Yet in still other cases, children are placed for adoption because their birth parents felt it was in their best interest or they could not care for them physically, emotionally, or mentally. The number of scenarios is as endless as the number of children in need of family. Regardless, with hope in my heart for their well-being, here are … Continue reading

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September 29, 2017

Does God Ever Finally Say “Yes”? | Family Friday

Six months ago, my phone rang and a voice I’d never heard before announced she was the adoption attorney and she had good news for me. (Don’t forget to read the first part of this story, An Open Letter to Infertility.) I stood up really quickly and kind of choked out the words, “GOOD news?” I needed to hear it again because for three years, every adoption lead and follow-up had been what we’d call NOT good news. And we were tired. Our daughter, almost five and also adopted, was even growing weary in her prayers. “I keep asking God for a baby and maybe He will just say NO.” We struggled to sympathize and also draw her attention to the reality that God’s “no” ought to be dearer to us than our push for “yes.” It was a struggle for us all. So I was in disbelief at the … Continue reading

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September 12, 2017

4 Exciting Orphan Sunday Resources

  Orphan Sunday is coming … the day Christians around the globe stand together for the orphan … and YOU are invited to participate. *Note: If you’ve never heard of Orphan Sunday–or want to learn more about it–click here. November 12 will be here before we know it, so now is the time to consider what God may have each of us to do. Use any of these 4 resources to build your own event– 1. Event map Stand and be counted! And let others find your church. Add your event or activity to the map and let others find you on Orphan Sunday. Or, if you are not leading an event or activity, search for one in your area. No matter how big or small, add to the echo of Orphan Sunday around the world. 2. Video library Watch or share videos created by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) that will inspire you on … Continue reading

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