Most of you know my family is in the process of going through the steps to adopt two precious little boys from Ghana. We are excited and anxious about this opportunity. It, however, does not present itself empty of challenges. If teenagers were required to go through the same steps to adopt before they were permitted to have children, teenage parents would be few and far between. One of the immediate challenges is in raising the funds for the adoption. International adoption costs are enormous. The agency costs alone steered us away from many countries.
Through the Sovereignty of God we were led to do an independent adoption utilizing the volunteer resources provided to us through Hearts for Ghana Ministries. Even as an independent adoption the cost will still probably be at least $15,000. We recently sold our home when we answered the call of God to serve as pastor at Gum Springs Baptist Church. We initially thought we’d pocket enough to pay for the adoption, but due to the housing market, we barely broke even after having the house on the market for almost 9 months. So far we have received $600 in assistance, and we are extremely thankful for these generous gifts. We are prepared to save and pay for this as we go, but we know this is God’s will, so we trust Him. If it’s God’s will it’s His bill!
A couple of weeks ago Christy started a blog, mainly to feature our adoption. It is called: Just Like Us. Please take a look at it, and if the Lord leads you, consider supporting us through prayer, encouraging words, and/or financial assistance.
The most exciting thing about our adoption to me is that through this process our actions emulate those of Jesus! As Jesus prepared His followers for His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, He warned them that He would be leaving them for a while, but He promised; “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18 NKJV). Thank God one day we will return with Him to His home and all the Father’s inheritance!
This is our heart! We are compelled to provide a family for these fatherless children, and we are also committed to ministry to the fatherless–Just like Jesus!
Adding to the excitement is what God is doing this through other families in our church. My associate pastor Kevin Weldon and his wife Debbie are currently awaiting Dossier approval to get a referral to adopt an infant from The Congo. You can follow their adoption blog here: Forever by Grace.
Dwane and Ginger Scott, faithful members of Gum Springs Baptist Church, are also in the process of adopting from Africa. After beginning the process to adopt from Rwanda, they have recently changed their adoption to Ethiopia due to Hague Laws. You can follow their blog here: Our Story for God’s Glory
More excitement includes two other families in our fellowship who currently keep foster children, Jeff and Lori Jones, with 6 children of their own, now have foster twins in their home. Johnny and Cheryl Bryant have also opened their home to a foster child. Praise the Lord for His great work through His people to minister to these little ones!
Jesus loves the little children of the world! So do we! Lord help us to love them JUST LIKE JESUS!
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