And now two years after first talking about the possibility of adopting, we are ready to officially begin the journey! It can be an overwhelming thought, but our God is big, and we know that His heart is for the fatherless and for His glory to be spread throughout the earth.
Why adopt? Why our family? Why now? Don’t we already have 4 children?
Simply put, we want to adopt because of God’s love for and adoption of us.
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:4-9
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves." Ephesians 1:4-6
We want to adopt because of the gospel.
All of life for the believer – for married couples, singles, childless couples, and families with children-- must be motivated by the gospel, about the gospel, lived for the gospel and Christ’s glory being spread throughout all the world. God has placed adoption in our hearts and we want to follow Him.
While your family may not be called to adopt, you are called to live out the gospel. How does that look for you and your family?
“In a skeptical age, love on display is the greatest apologetic for the Gospel.” Francis Schaeffer
We are excited to finally begin this journey. We want to bring a little girl into our home, show her the love of a family, and point her to God the Father who alone can give her abundant life through Christ. We are happy to be Making Room 4 One More.
We will be adopting a little girl between the ages of 0-4 from Russia. We discovered an agency that specializes in Russian adoptions only a skip and a jump from where we live now. They were the second American agency to receive accreditation from Russia.
This adoption will now require 3 trips to Russia as of 2012.
The first step will be to complete our home study. We will also be updating our Just Love Coffee Storefront to begin raising some funds for our adoption expenses and travel expenses.
How can you help?
Pray for our family. Pray for the little girl God has for us. Pray for her heart and emotions to be calmed during this process. Pray for her safety and health. Pray that she would know God’s love for her and come to saving faith.
Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel because of our adoption. It is a clear picture of what God did for every believer!
There are more ways you can help, and we will tell you about them soon.