We reserve Tuesdays to share stories from some of our grant recipients. May you be blessed by their stories….
It brings our hearts daily joy when we gather as a family and pray for our “new brothers,” to which our almost-two-year-old twins respond with enthusiasm “Congo!” To know and pray for by name the country in which our children are born is the culmination of years of a faith journey. It was not long after Stephen and I married that we discussed the real possibility of completing our family through adoption: from many experiences in our lives individually and as a couple, it was clearly the Lord’s leading and call to our life. Three moves, two dogs, and surprise twins later, we began the adoption process, or rather the journey of faith known as the adoption process! We cherished seeing Christ’s redemptive work throughout all creation and in the specific circumstances of our own life, as his Truth took on new meaning daily: “all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.”
It was almost two years ago, when our twins were barely 4 weeks old, that my husband shared his belief that the Lord was calling him into nonprofit work and out of the law firm where he worked. My recent move to part-time work had already put a financial strain on us, as we faced the increasing expenses of two newborns, student loans, and now a second decreased salary. Yet the Lord shows himself faithful: he continues to accomplish through our God-given roles such good for his name that we couldn’t have imagined in our own power. The Lord was pleased to provide us with a grant through Katelyn’s Fund, and while the monetary assistance was a much-needed and humbling gift, it was the encouragement through prayer, conversation, and ongoing support that has truly touched our hearts. Without having met face to face, we know that we have met true brothers and sisters in Christ; to see the Lord’s body working for his good pleasure is a daily encouragement to us.
Our days are now filled with laughing, playing, running, tickling (and lots of messes) as we raise Fitz and Chloe, our first set of twins, while we wait for the twins the Lord will bring us from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Though the difficult journey of waiting is one familiar to us all, the Lord daily teaches us the principles of waiting with fruitfulness, how to “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” It is our joy that part of this waiting process has allowed us to share with and learn from you, the body of Christ and community of those with a heart for adoption.