Long story short- a few weeks ago a picture of a tiny little boy came across my news feed on facebook. This is not uncommon at all, as I am in soo many adoption groups its very normal for me to run across kids everyday that are available for adoption. I commented on this particular little boy and about his "special need" because it was on that our son had, and I always feel compelled to advocate for kids who's needs we know about and have dealt with. A few days pass by and the little boys picture pops back up on my news feed. I click his bio and start scanning the info that is listed about him. I request more info before I even think twice and 10 minutes later I receive his file. Open the file and I am undone. The precious boy's pictures staring back at me pierced me. I saw his birth date and realized he was born the very time we were in china getting our son Regis. I am a sucker for "God winks" and this one was a big one. Another one was that his advocacy name started with a R and it was so adorable. Most of you know Regis's name was also his advocacy name. Of course we kept it because it was so darn cute. Same with this precious boy- his name is perfect!
Also that he had the same SN as our son, and that is not a biggie whats so ever to us. Lord? is this my son?????
The next few days were a blur as we discussed the "How" and I kept wondering how in the world we found ourselves at this again- just 7 months after bring home our daughter. But the Lord would not let this go- I believe he actively pursued David and I both about this sweet boy until we said Yes.
WE answered with YES and asked the Lord to please show us the HOW.
The next morning I woke up from a message from a fellow china momma friend who I am close to and I had shared our thoughts on about this particular boy. The message said something to the fact of- "his is your boy Kelley, go get him". Then all the sudden there was a post on instagram and Facebook and people began to donate money to help us pay for the home study. I should mention this dear sweet friend was just 5 days away from leaving for china herself to go adopt her first child! She and another friend of mine had "chatted" and come up with a plan to help us get our son home. Well the amount is now up to 3,335! Way past the goal of 1,000. There is no doubt that this was the hand of God showing our weary and doubting selves "I have got this" "you say yes and I will provide"
Days before I was searching and finding verses of provision and promise in the Bible, asking the Lord to remind me of his promise to take care of his followers.
"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Mathew 6:26
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Do we truly BELIEVE those scripture? I can say most days I don't. Most days I try to accomplish things in my own power and not stop and ask the Lord for help.
I have to be honest in saying that for our fist two adoptions we had savings, some grants, and some fundraisers to help us bring home Brighton Mae and Regis. With THIS adoption we KNEW that we were starting with nothing. Why did the Lord have us start an adoption with no funds? Well that I don't exactly know.
But what we do know is that HE PROVIDES.
Where we are called- he provides
where we are weak- He provides.
And when we doubt- HE PROVIDES.
“Adoption is a breathtakingly beautiful way to live out the gospel of Christ among the afflicted. It provides another way for the church to bring the gospel to those who, like we once were, are without God and hope in this world.” — Dan Cruver
And we believe that God calls us to care for orphans- and that this is a WHOLE CHURCH commandment. But in that there is a scary component in knowing your are truly reliant on fellow believers to come along side you and help you bring this commandment to life.
It is true his Ways are not our ways, because this momma would have stayed in her comfortable bubble years ago if I had it my way. I had NO Idea what the Lord had in store when we said yes to adoption. WOW the Blessings we would have missed had we not taken the risk.
So here we are taking the single most biggest risk we have taken in our 15 year marriage. Is it scary? you betcha? We are daily giving this over to him, and so far? HE Has provided. We have a long way to go but we are more than willing to sacrifice, fundraise, cut cost, whatever we need to do to get this boy home. And what a wonderful little boy he is! Cannot wait to show you his picture and share more about this jewel of a boy! His siblings are so thrilled and wow- they are our biggest supporters. After thinking this was a "joke" and we all had a good laugh they have been nothing but excited about their new baby brother.
My cup runneth over