Grant & Kellee Keys
Children: Ezra (7), Evie (4), and Elias (2)
Church: The Greenhouse Church, Miamisburg, Ohio (We currently live in Mazatlan, Mexico)
We are Grant and Kellee Keys and currently live in Mazatlan, Mexico, with our 3 children. We have been serving the orphan child with Back2Back Ministries for almost 3 years. We have felt a call to love the orphan and vulnerable child for several years, but the Lord has taken us on a focused journey that began as foster parents in Ohio to now living in Mexico.
We felt a burden to begin the adoption process in late 2014 and began to research options for adoption in Mexico. Even though we felt clear confirmation from the Lord to adopt, we ran into many closed doors for several months. Finally, we asked the Lord (rhetorically) if He may be leading us to another country and immediately heard Nicaragua. This seemed a completely crazy request, as we were living and serving many orphaned children in Mexico. Plus, we had no personal connections to the country, nor had ever traveled there. He continued to confirm this country, though, so we said yes. While we have experienced many setbacks and delays, God’s Hand has been very clearly present each step of the way.
We raise 100% of our support so were initially hesitant to move forward with international adoption, as we did not have $30,000 in which to complete the process. However, God has showed up for our family over and over again, and we can humbly and gratefully say that our adoption is completely paid. Katelyn’s Fund played a big part in this process, and the Lord showed great providence and provision through the timing of the grant. An agency fee of $6,500 was quickly approaching, but we only had $3,449 from gifts given by friends and family. We had previously emptied our savings account for other adoption fees so were unsure how we would pay the remaining balance. Days before the due date, we received an email notifying us of the Katelyn’s Fund grant for $3,000…just ONE DOLLAR shy of what we needed. A moment we’ll never forget!
Our dossier is completed and translated in Nicaragua. We are waiting for approval, at which time our family will be considered for any available children. We can’t wait for the day that one or two more children become part of the Keys Family! We praise God for how He has worked through this process and are deeply grateful for the role that Katelyn’s Fund ministry played in our story!