One of my favorite things to share about my trip to Uganda two years ago is that ALL TEN of the babies that we spent most of our time with at Loving Hearts have since been adopted. In only two years! By the Lord’s grace, all of those babies in the picture below are in forever families! It is such a beautiful thing.
Not much else in this world excites my heart more than watching loved ones go through the process of adoption. Besides the fact that it is biblical and the fact that my Heavenly Father has deeply sewn this passion into the fabric of my heart, I believe my desire to see the orphan placed in families is also a result of watching what my dad went through. Finding out that he was adopted at the age of 39, my sister and I have been witness to how the Lord has redeemed such a difficult time in his life. (Read a little about his adoption story HERE)
That being said, I have a few people who are very near and dear to my heart who are in the process of adopting, and I’m asking you, my faithful few blog readers, to pray with me for these beautiful, God-ordained families. Check out their blogs, show them some love, and keep them in your prayers as they wait.
- Roger and Kim are adopting a little girl named Lily from Ethiopia.
- Bill and Lynette are adopting a child (or two) from Africa.
- Shaun and Anna are adopting their second child, this time a boy, from China.
- Julie and Phillip have been waiting for 5+ years and have finally been given a referral to adopt a little girl from Colombia.
- Tori and Ben are adopting a little boy from Ethiopia.
For all of you in waiting, know that you and your children are being prayed for by many. I pray the Lord protects your sweet children, that He whispers His love over them, and reassures them daily that they have a forever family working as fast as they can to get to them. I pray that He eases all of your anxieties, shows Himself to be Jehovah Jireh, and allows you to enjoy this time of waiting so that you can be prepared, not just for your Gotcha Day, but for the hard days that follow as you learn and grow together as a family.
I’m so excited to watch as He ordains each step, each day. Stepping off the edge in faith is a great way to watch the Lord show off, and I know that He has and will continue to show off as each of your stories are written.
So as you wait, enjoy this song (one of my favorites) that just so happens to accompany a video of my former youth minister and his family who adopted little Miles from Ethiopia!
“Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.” Psalms 68:5-6
“I want to pick a fight because I want someone else’s suffering to matter more to me. I want to slug it out where I can make a meaningful difference. God says He wants us to battle injustice, to look out for orphans and widows, to give sacrificially. He wants us to get some real skin in the game and help make a tangible difference. I can’t make a real need matter to me by listening to the story, visiting the website, collecting information, or wearing the bracelet about it. I need to pick the fight myself, to call it out. Then, most important of all, I need to run barefoot toward it. But I want to go barefoot because it is holy ground; I want to be running because time is short and none of us has as much runway as we think we do; and I want it to be a fight because that’s where we can make the difference. That’s what love does.” – Bob Goff