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Answering the Call

Thank you so much for all your words of encouragement and kind responses from my last post.  I promise that as we finally begin to move forward I will keep you updated with our progress as we journey toward bringing our next little one home.  Right now, we are still in the middle of updating our homestudy but hope to have it finalized by the end of June.  

In the meantime I want to share with you something God has really burdened our hearts for through switching countries.

Adopting Sibling Groups & Older Children

Our adoption agency, Lifeline Children’s Services, just recently revamped their website.  With this, they have made available a viewing list of all of the waiting children that they are advocating for.  As we researched countries, we referred to this list to gauge average ages of children available in certain countries as well types of medical special needs most often seen.  

Like I stated in a previous post, we believe that Esther and Noah should remain our oldest children.  So on our Child Desired Form, we have marked that we are open to a child, age three or under.  Such a small age range can sometimes prolong the time until you are matched, but we feel confident we are making the right decision.

The heartbreaking part is that we have automatically excluded so many children who are in need of a forever home.  Children who are in need of a family to share the gospel with them.  Who are in need of loving parents to let them know that they are loved and that they DO matter. 

The Colombia program for instance is filled with sibling groups.  These are children who have been legally abandoned for no fault of their own.  Children who have banded together and decided that they will take their chances… either they all go or no one goes.  I see their faces in the pictures, and my heart breaks.  My heart breaks because I can picture my own little girls banding together for the same reason.  They are family.  

I realize that not every family is called to adopt and even more so not every family is called to adopt multiple siblings, but what if God is calling your family to do that right now.  You most certainly can’t just write this post off without even searching for His answer and will for your family.

You may be newlyweds with dreams of a large family, and this is God’s vision for your family.  You may be empty-nesters but miss the sounds of little ones in your house.  Or you may even be like our family, in the middle of all the craziness of life, but God wants to show you that He has this in store for you also.  

Maybe it’s not sibling groups though.  Maybe it’s just older children like the ones that are common in Ukraine.  Older children are much less likely to be adopted than younger ones but are still in desperate need of a family.  It won’t be long before their time in an institution is up and then they are sent out on the street without anything to their name or a clue as to what to do next.  Because of this, many of them end up turning to prostitution or drug dealing.

I don’t know how you can make it work, but what I do know is that these children need a home and that God has called the church to care for orphans.  It is one of the most beautiful pictures of God’s adoption of us as fellow heirs with Christ.  How will you answer the call?

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Daughter of a King

November is National Adoption Month.  The month has almost come and gone, but I can’t let it slip by without highlighting the beauty and picture of the gospel (Galatians 4:4-8, Romans 8:14-17) that is found in adoption.

Over the past year we have gone from a family of three to a family of four… through adoption.  Why adoption?  Even before meeting Michael Luke, I had a heart for adoption.  I shared this desire with him EARLY in our relationship. Let’s just say it was sort of like a non-negotiable for me.  Thankfully, this desire that God had given me to grow our family through adoption was something that God was also growing in his heart.

After tying the knot and spending several years as newlyweds, we began to think about children.  Biological or adoption first?  That was the question.  You see, during the years as newlyweds, God had placed several friends in our lives that had been blessed with children biologically.  As scary as labor and pregnancy seemed to me, I found myself also wanting to experience it… at least once.

So we spent much time talking and praying about it and decided that since we knew absolutely nothing about babies or children maybe we should start from scratch. So biological it was!  We figured we would give a try, and if it didn’t work, we would go ahead and start the adoption process.  I was ready to adopt as much as I was ready to have a biological child.  A few months after trying to conceive, God blessed me with joy of pregnancy.  Little Noah was on the way!

Noah was four months old when we first began the adoption process.  If you’ve had a newborn, you understand that at this point you probably weren’t ready to start thinking about another child just yet.  Adoption is somewhat of a lengthy process though, and being on the backside of it, four months after giving birth is a wonderful time to begin the adoption process.

Adoption for us is not the result of fertility struggles.  Adoption for us is the result of a dream!  When talking about adoption, I love to tell people that adoption is filled with all the excitement of pregnancy.  For instance, we found out that because Noah would be sharing a room with her new sibling, our next child would have to be a girl.  It was just as exciting to us as when our ultrasound revealed that we were expecting a girl.  The excitement of the morning that we met Esther was just as exciting as the night we went to the hospital to deliver Noah.  There are so many parallels, and each one is special to me.

God may not call everyone to adopt but God does say,

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world”. – James 1:27

Adoption is beautiful!  Just as Christians have been adopted by God and are co-heirs with Christ, Esther has been adopted.  Esther’s future was forever changed February 12 when she left Mother’s Choice for the last time… with us!

Please, pray and seek God as to how he wants to use you to care for orphans. Does it mean adopting a child?  Supporting an adoption agency or orphanage?  Helping a family raise money to bring their child home?  Or serving as a foster parent?  There are multiple ways that God may choose to use you, and none are lesser than the other.  How will He use you?

Finally, a couple of months ago, Mother’s Choice contacted us through Lifeline Children’s Services, our adoption agency, asking for our permission to use Esther’ story to advocate for adoption and to raise support for their ministry through Wee Care, the orphanage where Esther lived.  We didn’t have to think twice.

Esther is named after Queen Esther of the Bible, whose name means “Star”.  Of course, our “star” should help advocate for adoption!  I can’t wait to see the other plans God has in store for her!  Below is the video and story of our little girl, “Princess Esther”! So far I haven’t been able to watch it without crying but I keep watching it over and over again.  It’s beautiful!

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