Can you hear God shouting from the heavens, "That's My Boy! He is Mine!" or "That's My Girl, She is Mine!" Whew....it took quite a while to recover from this video and the message therein.
I then read another post a little further down on Facebook that stated, nearly one-third of families in the United States consider adoption, but only two percent actually are willing to see it through and allow a child to have a forever family. Beyond the strong leading for years from God, this is why Sarah and I are pursuing adoption. We want to be able to say when our referral comes in the near future, we will also do everything it takes to say "yes, that's my boy, he is mine, welcome to our family!" or "yes, that's my girl, she is mine, welcome to our family!"
One of my favorite quotes is from Hudson Taylor. He said:
"I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done."
Though Sarah and I are the ones specifically being led to say yes to a child or sibling group to joining our family, it will take many of you to help make this happen. From the Taylor quote above, we are beyond the impossible stage, but we are definitely in the difficult phase. We are never completely comfortable asking for financial support, but after being missionaries on partial support for over eleven years, we know that the truths of Matthew 7:7 and John 14:13-14 have rung true over and over throughout the years. State the need, ask, and see how God will use people around the world to respond. You can see the information in the top right hand corner about our remaining need and how you can support our family.
We are potentially as early as simply weeks away from being in a position to receive a referral from The Good Shepherds Fold in Uganda. Depending on the timing of the referral, we may be travelling to Uganda within a few months to meet our child(ren) and bring them home.
During this season of giving with Thanksgiving and Christmas, will you give financially to our family to help make this adoption process a reality? Will you pray for our upcoming homestudy revision process to go smoothly? Will you pray for the staff at The Good Shepherds Fold for wisdom to know the right match of child or sibling group for our family?
Thank you for your consideration as to how God may use you to meet this need and putting us in a strong position to say yes to a child or sibling group. May God bless you this holiday season. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Joey, Sarah, Zoe, Micah, & Caleb