We felt the Lord urging us to open our hearts and home through the orphan hosting program of New Horizons for Children. With the support of our community (many of you!) we welcomed sweet Duo in to our family for the month of July. We instantly fell in love with him and knew that God was just beginning our journey with Duo.
We desired nothing more than to be his family forever. That he would know that he is loved unconditionally, both by our family and by Jesus.
Adoption is an overwhelming leap of faith but we were prepared to do what it took to bring him home.
Our finances were not in abundance as we had five children at the time, were involved in planting churches, and made the decision to stay at home to educate our children.
We didn’t have a lot of resources but we had a lot of love to give. Our home that is filled with laughter, love, and lots of Jesus.
However we needed a village to bring this boy in to our home forever.
In his entire nine years of life Duo had never felt the unconditional love of a family. A mother’s embrace. A father’s protection.
He had never known the truth that Jesus will never leave or forsake him. That God will not leave him orphaned. And that is exactly what happened. God redeemed the broken family ties and brought Duo a family. On June 8th Duo officially became our son. Thank you to all who were the village in prayer and support. It was a vital part in his adoption journey.
As we walked the journey to bring home Duo from China this past year we began to feel that God had another child waiting for us. In February we started praying whether we should adopt two children at once or if we should do a recurrent adoption after we bring Duo home. We felt very clearly that God had a second child waiting for us in China but that we were to focus our heart on bringing our son home first. The adoption of our son was a beautiful and miraculous journey. However, we couldn’t shake the feeling that another child was in China waiting for us. When we arrived home from China we decided that we would pray through children on the waiting child list and see what God would do. We kept our hearts open to older and younger children, boys and girls, and all special needs. Within a couple weeks we began to feel drawn to older girls on the waiting list, continuing to pray and wait, we decided that we would name our future daughter Esther. Two days later we saw a photo of a nine year old girl on an waiting child advocacy site. The name her foster family had given her… Esther. We felt like the whole world stopped when we saw her photo. We looked over her file and immediately knew she was our daughter. After much prayer we decided to move forward with her adoption, however, her adoption file suddenly went missing and there was nothing we could do. Our agency could not find her file nor could dozens of other agencies we spoke with. That meant either another family started the process to adopt her or she was no longer adoptable for some reason. A week went by and we prayed like crazy, feeling firm conviction that she was meant to be our daughter. Adoption advocates and families prayed and networked to help us find her file. One morning we received a phone call from another adoption agency saying that her adoption file was just listed back on the ‘shared list’ and that she was adoptable! After crying tears of joy and praising God for His faithfulness we immediately had our adoption agency lock her file for us and started the paperwork to adopt her.
We are reusing our dossier paperwork which means this adoption can be completed quicker. She very much wants to be adopted and have many siblings. Her foster mother told her “Esther, Jesus has finally brought your family to you!” Glory to God. She has been waiting a very long time for a family, too long. We are moving quickly to bring her home and cannot wait for this precious soul to become our daughter.
We so appreciate all your support and encouragement as we step out in faith to bring this child from orphan to daughter. She is valued and created for such a time as this. God has mighty plans for her life and we are excited to be her biggest fans.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory.” Ephesians 3:20-21
“When a family seeks help in raising funds for an adoption, it’s not like asking people to pitch in toward a new boat, or help pay for a vacation. What they are doing is committing to heal, with God’s help, a child who has suffered the profound damage of being unwanted and unloved. They are obediently living out the command given in James 1:27 to care for the orphan, clothing the gospel of Christ’s redemption in flesh and blood and now. When they ask for the body of Christ to come alongside them financially and prayerfully, they are giving us the opportunity to be a part of the miracles God works through obedience.” -Ashley Paradis Moreno