Wednesday, June 8, 2011

An Amazing Gift

Over the past few weeks there have been a couple of pretty major directional changes in our adoption journey - very soon, I'll be able to share more, but today, I can say this:
1.  We've changed countries from Ethiopia to the Congo (DRC)
2. We've changed adoption agencies from AWAA (which we still LOVE) to Celebrate Children International
We'll be part of a group of families who will be adopting from the Congo (through CCI) for the 1st time.  If all goes as planned, we'll be traveling to bring our little one home before the end of 2011.  WooHoo!!
So here's the part of the story I want to share with you today...The fast pace at which this process is moving is super exciting, but also challenging.  The challenge has been that we've had to come up with a very large amount of up-front money very quickly.  Impossible?  Not with God! We started praying and asking family and friends to pray along with us!  A couple of days later, we were blown away (but not surprised) by the answer God provided!
As Jeff was talking with a friend about our situation - this friend said, "up until this point our family has followed your adoption journey and have supported you with our prayers, but now - we're going to support you with our finances.  We've got it covered - all of it!"  This amazing family is fronting the full amount!
What a beautiful picture of how the body of Christ is supposed to work! God blesses us so that we can bless others!  God provides for us so that we can be His hands and feet here on earth!  This family gets it!  I'm reminded of something I read in the book Radical - it says, You and I stand on the porch of eternity. We will soon stand before God and give an account for our stewardship.  We will not wish we'd given more to living the American dream.  Instead we'll wish we'd given more to being radically obedient and generous with all God has entrusted to us!

I love that this precious family will forever be a part of our little one's story!  What an amazing gift!


  1. congratulations on the switch! Our family just made the very same change about 2 weeks ago. We are on the wait list with One World Adoptions. We are excited!
    That is AMAZING that you guys are part of the "pilot" program of CCI! What a wonderful change!!!!!

    God is GOOD and faithful, and it's SO wonderful to see his blessings!!

  2. Hi Kathleen! It was a hard switch for us, but we have really seen God's hand in all of it! Are you also adopting from the DRC? I'll be praying that things go smoothly (and quickly) for your family! Do you have any kind of expected time frame?
    God IS so GOOD! I love resting in the promise that He knows each step before we take it - we'll just keep walking! :)