I had no idea that tens of thousands of children were being abandoned by their parents because of special needs that they have. Until I found Reece’s Rainbow(RR). Now I am aware of this problem, and I cannot stand idly by and do nothing. When I stumbled across RR, we had been praying that God would use us how he best see fit in order to glorify Him through helping others. The kids’ pictures and profiles tugged our hearts, and we felt a burden to help in someway. We didn’t think that it would be adoption–I mean come on, it’s expensive, and we have three kids on one income. We don’t have an extra thirty grand sitting around. But then we saw a picture of a little boy from an Eastern European country, and our hearts broke. For days we cried over the despair of all these kids’ situations, but this boy stood out to us most of all. And then we saw that we wouldn’t have to come up with $30k. Could we really do this, then? No, what about our kids? It was crazy, right? But every time that we tried to talk ourselves out of it, we realized that it was for selfish reasons, and we knew that if we didn’t do this we would be being glaringly disobedient to what God was calling us to do.
God put a love in our hearts for a boy that lives on the other side of the globe, that we have never met. So as long as God is still leading us, we will follow and go get this neglected, lost boy and bring him home.
The past week or so has been an emotional roller coaster. We have made an official announcement that we are pursuing adoption, and that has been met with mixed reactions. For the most part, people have been so supportive…in words and donations that will go towards a future fundraiser. However there have been a few people that do not understand our new calling, and are not really supportive. We are praying that these few will come around and rally with us, and love our new son as we do.
We have our home study scheduled, and the overwhelming amount of paperwork is now lying ahead of us. Even so early in the stages of this adoption, God has moved mountains. It is so clear that His hand is in this. Please pray for us as we face the unknown of international government, institutional behaviors, and everything else that goes along with this process. When we are officially committed, and have the OK, we will put up a picture of our boy and his RR name.