Here We Go

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Adoption. That’s a word that has been on my heart for years now. Even before Dan I were married I always was drawn to the idea of it. I even had a plan that if I wasn’t married by age 35 I’d adopt on my own (HA)! Thankfully, the Lord’s ways are higher than mine, and he gave me my perfect groom.

So here we are 3 years of marriage under our belts, and that idea has turned into a calling. We didn’t hear the call simultaneously; God’s timing is better than that. I heard the call 2 years ago after reading Kisses From Katie (if you haven’t read it, I recommend it). After reading about Katie Davis’ life, her radical move to Uganda, and her adoption of 14 beautiful girls, my heart bursted. I knew. I knew the Lord was calling Dan and I to this beautiful life of adoption.

God Himself has already demonstrated this action of adoption through Christ’s blood:

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through Christ.” Gal. 4:4-7

It is only through adoption into God’s family that we will receive the treasures of heaven. We as Christ’s witnesses want to share this gospel message with the world. Just as the Lord chose us out of darkness and brought us into marvelous light, we want to remove our children from a life of dark abandonment and into a life of love and grace.

“It’s important to realize that we adopt not because we are rescuers. No. We adopt because we are rescued.” – David Platt

So to answer a few questions you might be having…

  1. This is Plan A for us. We aren’t having infertility issues, and we aren’t opposed to biological children. If/when the Lord blesses us with biological children we will be overjoyed. We feel that as of right now we have to be obedient to the call the Lord has given us.
  2. We have chosen to work with Lifeline Children Services, and will be adopting internationally.
  3. Right now we are applying for their pilot program in Macedonia. Why Macedonia?
    • When first looking at Lifeline’s list of countries we were a bit overwhelmed. How do we choose? What if we make the wrong choice? As I was worrying about the answers to these questions, I came across Macedonia. My first thought was, “I’ve seen this place before. Where have I seen it?” Realizing it’s in the Bible I quickly turned to see what had taken place there.

      “And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:6-10

    • After reading that Paul had been the first called to go and preach the gospel to Macedonia, I began to pray “Are You calling us to be the one of the first to adopt in Macedonia?” We discussed this possibility between the two of us, and also our Lifeline case worker. After learning that Lifeline had only recently establish an adoption program in Macedonia, and were looking for a pilot family to navigate through, we knew the Lord was leading us to the place. Just as he had lead Paul.

So here we are. We are starting the journey of adoption, and are asking you to follow along with us. We ask for your prayers and support for what will be a hard road ahead. Our prayer is that the Lord will be glorified and that His gospel will spread through our family’s story!

XO – Em

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