About two weeks ago we received “the call” from our family adoption coordinator. She asked if we would be interested in reviewing the file of a three-year- old boy they nicknamed “Harry” with some physical special needs. For years Kristin had dreamed of adopting a little girl from China, and now after months of waiting and deafening silence we finally received a call about … a boy.
Not wanting to preclude on the basis of gender, we cautiously asked for a few days to pray and ponder this unexpected opportunity before agreeing to review his file. We began to pray for “Harry” as a family and sought to learn as much as we could about his special needs. We were grateful to have five different physicians in three states review his medical reports and offer us their evaluations. We were introduced to parents who have adopted children with similar needs who helped us understand what it might look like to fold “Harry” into our home. We made contact with a woman who has met "Harry" during her trips to China and heard more about his life.
We talked and prayed with family and trusted friends. Along the way we have prayed for wisdom, clarity, and unity. And God gave us a word from his Word through Pastor Jason Meyer’s recent sermon on Mark 5. He stressed that the outcast woman with the flow of blood didn’t just need healing; she needed a family, and Jesus calls her “Daughter.” Kristin and I looked at each other with a knowing glance: “Harry” needs a family even more than physical healing, and we need to step out in faith and say “yes” to this little boy. The sobering thought of all that this would entail for our family did not come without some anxiety in Kristin’s heart. As Jason continued the sermon, he stressed Jesus’ words to Jairus later in the passage, as he went to heal Jairus’ beloved daughter: “Do not fear; only believe.”
The word was clear and brought peace; God was calling us to trust and obey, and move forward in faith. So where do we go from here? Our three-year old Judson put it well: “Let’s go get him!” Of course, we have more paperwork to complete and fees to pay, but Lord-willing in 2–4 months we will travel to China to pick up our son (whose name will not be "Harry" for much longer :) ). We would welcome your prayers for our little boy in an orphanage 6000+ miles away and for our family as we prepare for "Baby J" to come home. Please also pray for our remaining financial need for the adoption. God has provided amazingly thus far: we have around 77% of the total funds required, and we need to raise $7,500–8,000 to complete the adoption. If you feel led to contribute toward the adoption expenses, you can give online or by personal check.
We have so many questions, but we are excited and eager to be the forever family for this sweet little boy. Thank you for walking with us on this journey.