One of the reasons that the apostle Paul wrote Philippians was to say thank you to the believers in Philippi for their significant partnership with him in gospel ministry. He writes this in chapter 4:
"Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen."
When we committed to adopt a child from China, we were given a fee sheet that estimated the cost of adopting a child at between $29,000 and $43,000—a significant sum for our single income family. We trusted that God would supply the funds that we needed, but we weren't sure where the majority of those funds would come from. It has been a humbling and faith-strengthening journey thus far as we've received gifts from over 40 friends and family near and far – including missionaries on other continents, pastors, and anonymous donors. We've had three different fundraisers organized by friends and family, and we received a large adoption grant one year ago and another this week.
We can’t wait to travel to China to meet our son. On January 5 I wrote that we are pleased to report that we now have $35,000 toward our adoption expenses. Since that time, additional donations and grants have come in, and we now have $40,000 towards the adoption, which should fully cover our international travel and in-country travel and adoption expenses. We are well supplied by the God who supplies his people’s needs according to his glorious riches in Jesus, and we marvel at the ways that he's used so many people to help us bring our son home.
We have completed lots of paperwork in recent weeks—including extensive immigration forms, visas, and a rush passport renewal for Brian. We’re now waiting to receive our dates to travel to China. We are eager to go as soon as possible but our agency estimates that we will likely travel in late February, after the Chinese New Year holiday. Pray that we will not grow discouraged by the extended season of waiting. Pray that we will not be anxious about the travel logistics and that the Lord will grant us and our adopted son much grace as we prepare to enfold him into our English-speaking American home and welcome him as our son. Pray that we would have wisdom and insight to help him and our other kids as we make this transition.