Why adoption?

We adopt because God adopted us.  
While we were spiritually orphaned, He rescued us.  He redeemed us & He’s restoring us.
Out of the overflow of what Christ has done for us, we adopt HIS children.
It all started when my friend Katie fearlessly asked me if I had ever considered it & when I said no, she boldly asked me to pray about it.  I said YES.  Stephen said YES (about 3 months later!) and God has done immeasurably more than ALL we could ask or imagine.
Our lives have been gloriously ruined.
God’s plans are so much better than our own.  I read a blog post by a friend that said she was thankful that god TOLD HER NO.  I feel the same way about the way WE wanted to start our family.  We tried to get pregnant for about a year and right before we started fertility treatments, the Lord intervened through the voice of a fearless college student that asked me if we had ever considered adoption.
Adoption was never on my radar.  Adoption & missions were for “those people”.  Radicals.  People who always had a “heart for the nations”.  That wasn’t me.  So adoption wasn’t for me.  Or so I thought.  {friends, don’t believe this lie!!}
Her simple question & encouragement to pray about it started us down a road I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams.  God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine – you know? All it takes it saying YES to Him.
Stephen & I went on our first trip to Africa summer of 2011 & are lives were forever “gloriously ruined”.  We traded our plans and dreams for HIS.  Africa & specifically Ethiopia feels like home.  It holds a very special piece of us & now we can see but a glimpse of what God was up to when he planted Katie & her challenging question in my path at Op Camp in the summer 2010.
Our lives look totally different.  We are changed.  And it’s all because we committed to pray about growing our family through adoption.  I can’t imagine where we’d be if God would have said YES to my prayer before I could say YES to His much greater plan.  It’s an adventure.  Will you join us?

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