Let's start by rewinding to about a month ago... Pastor Kirk shared a video about a missionary in Uganda that has adopted 14 children of her own, and she is quite a few years younger than Jared and I. Her smile was from ear to ear, and those precious girls were hanging all over their mom. As I watched that video, tears filled my eyes, and I had a HUGE longing in my heart for that experience. That's when I told Jared that I thought we should start looking into international adoption again. And, Jared sighed a huge sigh of relief. You see, Jared has wanted to adopt internationally for YEARS, and I have just always said, "yeah, that's fine with me," but had never really felt that tug on my heart like he has.
I believe that God used Jared's heart for adoption as well as SEVERAL other life experiences to mold my heart. I also believe that God's timing is absolutely perfect. Jared and I have had an AMAZING 7 years of marriage, and I would never change how we started our lives together. We have traveled to the most beautiful places, learned to love each other in the good and bad times, and spent a lot of time focusing on our jobs and our ministry. While we know that we will continue to travel, love each other, work, do ministry, and more, we now believe that God has equipped us to become parents while doing all of those things.
So, the research that Jared has been pursuing for the past few years kicked into high gear. Honestly, we have looked at quite a few different countries and their policies for adoption. Every country is different, they all have different requirements, costs, amounts of time you have to travel, and more.
And then Jared came across the Congo. That's where our real journey began... in the heart of the Congo. Ever since God has placed that country on our hearts, we have not looked the other way. We believe that God revealed the Congo to us so that we could bring our future child home from there.
That's where we are right now... in a steadfast pursuit of bringing our child home.
James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
All we ask is that you would pray for our family. The awesome thing about our God is that He already has a plan. And, we truly trust that God will lead us every step of the way. However, adoption does not come without it's own difficulties and trials. Please pray that we would be obedient to the call God has put in front of us. Please pray for our child, that he/she would be protected, nurtured, and kept out of harm's way. Please pray that God would start preparing both our hearts and the heart of our child for that moment when we become a forever family.
Thank you for your love and support!
Jared and Amy