"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
- James 1:27
When we married 15 years ago, we had no idea the adventure we were embarking on. Increasingly, we have been called to step out in faith. Today, we have one adopted son, Liam, with a physical special need who requires about 30 hours of therapy a week, has had 5 surgeries (with more to come) and wears 8 sets of braces daily. Liam accepted the Lord Jesus into his heart at a young age and displays a supernatural joy and compassion that comes from above. God is using him mightily for His strength is shown in our weakness. (2 Cor 12:9-11)
Allan works for a non-profit Christian humanitarian organization. I have been at home caring for Liam's needs and volunteering my time advocating for children with disabilities. We were called in 2013 to adopt internationally again. It seemed impossible as we didn't have the finances. We read the words of George Muller (below) and were inspired to keep stepping out in obedience. Thank you, ABBA Canada and generous supporters, for being a part of answering our prayer!! Thank you for showing us that it is not a vain thing to trust in Him.
"The three chief reasons for establishing an Orphan-House are: 1. That God may be glorified, should He be pleased to furnish me with the means, in its being seen that it is not a vain thing to trust in Him; and that thus the faith of His children may be strengthened. 2. The spiritual welfare of fatherless and motherless children. 3. Their temporal welfare." ~George Muller
We heard some good news recently!! Our adoption is moving foward...FINALLY!!
We are hoping for a formal match (Article 16) at the end of January! Then we just need our provincial government's approval (Article 17) and then we get an adoption date. We have been told an educated guess on our adoption date would be late March or April. Of course these are just estimates and there are still some approvals we need (Art. 16 & 17), yet things seem to be finally moving forward!!
We are so extremely grateful for all those who have made this possible financially and through prayer! We can not wait to bring him home. I don't think the reality has sunk in yet. We are so incredibly thankful for those who have supported and blessed us in this journey! Thank you!!!
I am sorry that I have not updated more frequently. To be honest, this whole adoption roller coaster ride has been tough. To remain at peace, I have concentrated on my son who is home and tried to emotionally detach from this second adoption.
Here is the latest on our second adoption. There was an initial step that is needed that could not be completed. Therefore at every stage of the adoption process, it has been sent back, rejected and then finally pushed through. Last spring, our file went to the final stages of approval but again this earlier missed step sent the file back again instead of moving forward to adoption. We are now praying for another push for our file to go through to the final stages and to be approved this time. Please join us in prayer.
It has been hard to step out in faith, especially when it doesn't seem to be going your way and the waters aren't parting! I wonder if I heard God wrong. I wonder if going out on a limb to obey God was a mistake. No, I will not doubt and fear. I will trust in God, no matter what the outcome. I will not shrink back from following Jesus, though it cost me all I have...I will follow. This is my decision. Though it hurts me deeply to wait, though it cost me much, though I feel alone, I will set my face like a flint and be steadfast in choosing to follow what I believe to be the Lord's will - to choose love, to choose justice, to choose mercy, to choose to give a better life to a little boy, to choose my son. I choose my son, over discouragement, over pain, over grief, over despair, I chose him again and again. My arms and heart will never close to him and I will not shrink back from stepping out in faith again.
Two years today, we were pre-matched to a baby boy with an unrepaired cleft lip and palate living in an orphanage. Today he still resides there and appears well taken care of and happy. But we still wait.
It has been hard to blog. What should have been a predicatble 2-3 month wait to travel to adopt him this month or Sept, has again been prolonged. We are in the final stretch of this adoption process but nothing has been predictable with this adoption.
I am grateful to the Vietnamese government as they follow up on this tough case and follow the Hague international adoption laws. I do commend them. I also thank all of you for your support. It is encouraging. We are so grateful!
We have no timelines. We are hoping it will happen this year but remain cautiously optimistic. It could be in a month. It could be in a year. We are that close to the end and yet it still may be so very far away.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 "...though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation."
"Come Home Running" by Chris Tomlin is the song that was stuck in my head over 3 years ago when we began our second adoption journey. When we were matched with an infant in August 2014, we thought we would be bringing home an infant. Because the wait has been an unusually long one of 1.75 yrs thus far for this one particular boy, he is now a toddler. Luke is now running! He WILL come home running just like the song, just like I imagined, just like we had hoped!!
A couple weeks ago, I was quite discouraged with the long wait. When I prayed about it, I found a peace in remembering the story of the Prodigal Son as told by Jesus. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him." Luke 15:20b Although I can't truly understand the depth of Father God's love for each of us, I felt a connection to the Father's heart.
Each day, I waited for news of my second son. Each day, I prayed for him. Each day, I longed for him to come home. An ache in my heart that I tried to ignore but was ever present. A deep grief. An anticipation of my son's return. You never give up hope. You never stop wishing. You never stop remembering. You never stop loving. You wait, you wait and then you wait some more. And while Luke is a long way off, I will see him and have open arms for him.
If I am sinful and feel this way towards my child, how much purer and unconditional is God's love for us. No matter how far we stray, how much we walk away from him or sin, He still waits for us. He welcomes us back with open arms because we are His children. It doesn't matter what we have done, He just wants us home. He is waiting for us. His arms are open wide. Whenever we stray, we can always come home running. This has been a good lesson for me. I needed to know, to really know, that God always accepts, loves and embraces us, His children.
Our second international adoption has hit a snag. What should have been a 9-14 month process to adopt has dragged on for 15.5 months with at least another 3 months to go. We have not heard of another adoption from this country that has lasted so long so we must have an unusual case. Our hearts are not overwhelmed though as we trust in God's timing.
I hope that through this delay, more people can learn about the needs of orphans. In the west, we often think about the orphans' need to belong, to be loved and cared for. Through my experiences and what I observe, the needs of orphans are much greater. For some children, it is life and death. Hunger, proper medical care, comfort from a loving care giver and even access to a good education may all affect these children. Parents not only love you, care for you but advocate for you. Don't get me wrong, the orphanages are a blesing! But more is needed. Will you consider how you can be involved in caring for orphans?
Our First Adoption
Thank you for your interest in our journey thus far. I wanted to show you a snapshot of our first international adoption. We adopted our first guy when he was 7.5 months old from Vietnam about 5 years ago.
He has a physical condition that affects his joint movement and muscles. He has had many surgeries, castings, bracing and therapy to improve his condition. We knew of his "differability" but not a final prognosis (what he would achieve eventually). He is now walking, dancing, playing soccer and an incredibly bright boy to boot! He still struggles with balance, full range of motion in his joints and active movement. However, he is improving. We work hard daily and with God nothing is impossible. He is an overcomer no matter how much he physically achieves. We have had many opportunities to advocate for children with disabilities, raise funds for his hospital and share Christ's love for others in their struggles with special needs parenting. God uses us in our strengths and weaknesses (especially in our weaknesses) to show His glory and to accomplish His mission.
Please stay tuned for details on our second adoption!
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