The Lord is King! [II]

November 9th, 2010

Shortly after I first wrote that God had given our family a strong desire to rescue a child with Down syndrome from being tossed like refuse into a third-world mental institution, I received an email from Kim.  Kim has been friends with my older sister since they were children.

She had read the blog post explaining how God had opened our hearts to adoption.

She explained that two of her seven children are adopted, and that she also has a passion for adoption.

She was writing to tell me about close friends of their family who had adopted two girls with special needs, and were nearing the end of their third adoption, also of a little girl with special needs, whose nickname was Tin-Tin.  All that remained to complete the adoption was one final sum of money.  Everything else was finished and completely in order.  Kim was spreading the word to allow others to help them bring their daughter home from the orphanage by the end of this year.

Our family was excited to be able to help them, and we have been praying that God would place that little girl safely within her loving family.

And I continued to research adoption.

Since various countries each have their own requirements that adoptive families must meet, I found a chart that compares the requirements of many different countries.  Those requirements, combined with our specific interest, narrowed it down to one certain Eastern European country.

Out of the overwhelming numbers of adoption agencies out there, I selected many adoption agencies that had an adoption program in that country.  From there, one Christian agency stood out as being a good fit for us for reasons I cannot remember now.  It is located many states away from us.  But I called the number that was provided, and explained to the lady who answered that we had questions for someone who was familiar with the adoption program in our country of interest.  When she took our name and telephone number, she exclaimed that the specialist who handled adoptions from that country had the same area code that we have here in Pennsylvania!  Huh!

Within a few days, that adoption specialist gave us a call.  She said she was excited to see a local telephone number on her list!

In the first few minutes of our conversation, my excitement began to grow.  It was obvious that she “got it.”  We were speaking the same language!  This was not just business to her, but a ministry.  This was not about “completing your dream family.”  She passionately desired to help bring orphans into loving homes.

She encouraged me that God had a purpose for giving us a strong desire to adopt.  She told me that God had sent them two children by adoption, and that they were close to adopting their third, and told me that she had seen God work in amazing ways throughout all three adoptions.

She was excited that we had found this particular adoption agency, and explained why it was a perfect fit for our circumstances.

We discussed specifics, including the finances.  We agreed with the words of a friend who has nine children, income restrictions and a heart for this kind of adoption~

“I understand the limitation, but in some ways it seems so ridiculous because there is no consideration for what people do with their money. Some people are able to do more with less. And wouldn’t it be better for a child to grow up with their needs met, but not a lot of extras, than be put into an institution forever??”

When the adoption specialist and I had finished chatting, she invited me to email her with further questions, and began to give me her email address.  As I jotted it down, and heard her say her last name, it began to dawn on me…

“Your name is…are you…do you…do you know Kim?  Are you…the ones who are adopting Tin-Tin??  Our family has been praying for you and your daughter!!!”

She and her husband are the ones who are so close to their third international adoption of a daughter with special needs!  Tears came as the significance of this connection sank in.  We do not believe there is such a thing as a coincidence.  We don’t believe we are wandering alone in a random universe to carve out our own destiny.  We trust in a sovereign God who directs the affairs of men.  He led me through my clueless ramblings to exactly the place He wanted us to be.

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Here’s what she later emailed us about our income situation~

“The best course of action would be to begin to develop some specific plans of how your family would intend to increase the income to meet the guidelines.  You are not needing to show three years of this income, but…(you) need to show stability and consistency and come up with a good, specific plan to show that the income meets these guidelines.”

[“So, reading your letter again and making sure we understand—you’re saying we don’t actually have to have completed the year of higher income before starting the home study process?”]

“Yes, in order to start the home study they would need to work with you to develop a specific plan that you would be following so that you would begin to meet the poverty guidelines and it is my understanding that you would then be using this specific plan and your projected income and that this would show stability and consistency in your financial status.

This would need to be ok’d by the Pennsylvania agency you are using and both social workers (PA agency and international agency) would work together on this and communicate when needed.”

There’s more, but this is long and full of details again!  So the “more” will have to wait!

For now, we are so thankful for God’s sovereign hand!  He knows where He’s taking us, and He has every step mapped out from here to there!  We can trust Him!

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8 Responses to “The Lord is King! [II]”

  1. Kim says:

    WHOA!  Amazing…and WONDERFUL–all rolled up in one!

  2. Joy Horton says:

    Can’t wait to see how this unfolds!!! Wow!!!!!

  3. Betsy says:

    As I read the story I got goose bumps or God bumps. I knew where it was heading but to actually read it…What a mighty God we serve Sovereign at His Best!! Many continued prayers! So excited for your family!

  4. sabrina says:

    Very exciting indeed!

  5. Anna T says:

    Awesome — don’t you just LOVE IT when God surprises you!! 

    “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

  6. Stephanie Blanchard says:

    SQUEAL!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited to hear this bit of news!!!!!!! Oh, Susanna, I’m on the edge of my seat friend!

  7. Marilyn Osborn says:

    The faithfulness of our Father is truly amazing, isn’t it?  So thrilled to read this.

  8. Praise God!  :)  He is so good!

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