When we started our adoption journey we wanted to make sure our goals were in the right place. Are we adopting to look cool? No. Are we adopting to be heroes? No. Are we adopting just to convert a kid to Christianity? No. Are we adopting for our own benefits? No. Are we adopting because its easy? No. While some of those still apply… they are not our main goal. Our number one reason for adopting is to open our hearts and home to a child who is in great need. There are millions of orphans in the world. As we worked to select a country to adopt from we based most of our decisions on where the need was great. We did not base our decision on the least expensive, the easiest, the fastest, the most well set up systems. International adoption is honestly the most complicated crazy ridiculous system I have ever experienced in my life. Only those who have adopted or attempted to adopt internationally can understand how insane the process is… and we are just at the tip of the iceberg. You blink once and the rules change!
As we make our adoption plans we have been constantly in prayer. There are many roads we can take throughout this process… but only one of those roads ultimately leads us to our daughter. Which way do you turn when it appears you are at a dead end? Which way do you turn when there are 300 open roads ahead of you?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.Proverbs 3:5-6
We have found so many times in our lives that if you follow Gods leading closely you will truly experience the peace that passes understanding… no matter what happens! No matter how it turns out.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
We have been feeling God leading us to take a slight turn in our adoption journey. We have been planning thus far with great excitement to adopt from Guinea, a place truly dear to our hearts. But as we have attempted to get the ball rolling to adopt from there we have been met with numerous roadblocks. We have found that the Ontario adoption laws and the Guinean adoption laws do not seem to work together. It is possible but it would be extremely unlikely that it would end successfully. So Norm and I began praying and praying and praying that if God wanted us to switch our direction to another country that he would bring peace that passes understanding.
We are happy to announce that we are now applying to adopt from HAITI!
Haitians come from West African decent and there is ENORMOUS need for adoptive families! I read that there are over half a million orphans in Haiti. We have found an adoption agency and we plan to send our application in next week.
We have known for a while that adopting internationally was going to carry a price tag that is not feasible for us. But like the saying goes… “Where God guides He provides!” We are trusting that God will provide for this adoption without going into debt. Now that we have a more definite direction we now know that the adoption will cost approximately $37,500, and if any extra complications arise the cost would be on top of that amount. We are so looking forward to God providing for this. It is truly going to be an amazing God story in the end! We know it will be. We are shocked but not frightened at the fact that we are going to need over $7,500 in the next week or two. That amount will go towards: lawyer fees, adoption agency administration fees, dossier (adoption file sent to Haiti) preparation fees, program coordinators fees, etc. We have already cut every possible expense. We are “penny pinchers” on steroids! There is something so comforting though knowing that God controls every penny on this earth… to lose sleep worrying about something that I can not control would be a total waste of energy. But what we can do is PRAY! And we can put our energy into fundraising. So far we are planning a garage sale next week, a Mary Kay fundraising Facebook party, selling headbands and a few other ideas floating around in our heads. If you have ideas or advice please feel free to send them our way!
Here is a passage that I have found very encouraging about money and God’s provision:
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.Matthew 6:19-34
Thank you so much for your prayers as we travel this very rocky unbeaten road. Hanging on to God is the only thing showing us the path and giving us peace as we travel!
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.Psalm 119:105