I can tell you when my heart changed. When God began to shake it up. Wreck my idea of perfect.
A new sweet and dear friend handed me a book. She said, “Read this one! It will change your life!” We laughed and as I looked at the cover I thought how is this going to change my life? If you would’ve asked me in that moment how I felt about the orphans in Africa I would’ve told you “It’s sad. They deserve better. Our church goes there and does good work.” Now ask me that question…I dare you…I’ll tell you. My heart is broken. It literally aches, and I need to do something about it!! Half way thru the book I shut it (slammed it shut with tears in my eyes) and said to Jesse, “We are going to get a little black baby or maybe sponsor one. I don’t know but something is going to happen.” A month later Jesse and I know without a doubt we are going to go adopt a little child (hopefully a little girl age 2-4) from Africa.
Our church works in a little country in Africa called Burundi, our church’s mission is a home and a family for every orphan in Burundi. We thought, “Hey! Maybe this is why God called us to NPC (Northpoint Church). He called us here so we could help the church with this mission! Let the adoption research begin…On the very first phone call we hit a road block. We are too young to adopt from Burundi. The country of Burundi is very strict to adopt from, and for VERY good reasons, but their law is that both parents must be at least 30. It is a very reasonable age, but was a devastating blow. It hit us like a punch in the stomach. We knew God had stirred us in this direction but was He calling us to wait? Three to four years isn’t too long but, MAN thats a long time!! In a bible study I was learning about men and women of great faith that had to wait…Noah built the Ark for 100 years; when God called Abraham and Sarah out of their hometown with the promise of a child and a nation, they had to wait 25 years just for Isaac to be born. It is hard to complain about 3-4 years, and while we don’t want to push anything, we felt the doors close on Burundi (at least for now!).
We began to pray and ask God for our child and not just FOR a child but WHERE our child was. We opened our heart and we know that we can love more and now our family is incomplete. We are ready, this process is scary and lengthy, but we are willing. We also feel like it was time to check into the Democratic Republic of Congo. So we began to look into the Congo and felt like it was the right place for us; that our little one was there somewhere. Now in early March we are in the process of our home study. Today I went and saw my sweet friend at the bank who so kindly notarized some papers for me and we are checking things off our “checklist” and looking forward to each step we need to take.
One thing we ask is support, we ask that you pray for us. This is going to be a long year (or more) with many ups and downs that we most assuredly will not be able to handle without the Lord’s help. We cannot ask enough for your prayers. Not just for us, but for our little girl who is half a world away. We don’t know her yet but we are already praying for her, for her safety, for her heart, for her health and well being. We will begin fundraising very soon as this is a very expensive endeavor, and while it is very hard for Jesse and I to ask for help…We need it. We will be fundraising by selling t shirts and other things, using social media and by asking for good old fashioned donations. We understand that not everyone will be called to adopt or to go to Africa but we do know that we are, and that we can’t do this alone.
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.
Provers 3:5&6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.