China with Lifeline

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Today is my birthday!  And what a gift to have settled on the location of our adoption as well as our agency!

After several conversations with friends who have adopted, lots of reading online, and interviewing potential adoption agencies we have settled on using Lifeline Children’s Services.  China is a definite for us now, as the program there is much more predictable and stable than the program in India.  India has recently revamped the way they do matching and while it seems like a great improvement, there are no guarantees with how it is all going to work.

We have several friends who have adopted from China, and we are the kind of people who like things to be fairly predictable…

Plus we have had a heart for China for years, so it just makes sense!  I used to tell David all the time that I hoped one day I could be a missionary to China, maybe in my old age…that fits perfectly with what the Lord has been showing us this year about how adoption is a valid way of participating in the Great Commission!

I feel great about using Lifeline, too!  And what a relief it is to finally have some of the most important pieces of this puzzle settled, so we can get started.

I’m not one to let the grass grow under my feet.  We have been praying about adopting for several months now, and now that we have finally decided to move forward (as of last week), I am ready to get the ball rolling!

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Fulfilling the Great Commission Through Adoption

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Our dear friends adopted a child from China last year.

They already had four biological children, but the Lord moved them to express our adoption in Christ in a tangible way.

Their adoption is a visible testimony to all who know them of God’s pursuing love for His children. As the old hymn proclaims, “Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God. He, to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood.” Our friends brought a stranger into their home and conferred on him all the rights of a son.

This adoption is also a daily preaching of the Gospel to their own hearts and to their other children, as each can see in a new way what a profound thing the Lord has done for us. It may not be an easy road, but raising a child never is.

And what about the little boy? A precious soul was brought out of a pagan nation.  He will be taught the Scriptures, and raised to follow Christ. By God’s grace, I trust this precious child will one day know the joy of two adoptions: first, into an earthly family and later as a child of God and fellow heir with Christ.

Adoption is a picture of the Gospel to the world, to the church, to the family, and to the child. When Christians adopt, they go as workers into the harvest field.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2 (ESV)

This article was first posted on Mentoring Moments for Christian Women.

Which country?

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I spent today on Rainbow Kids, looking through all the countries we could potentially adopt from, in order to see which ones would fit with our family’s situation.

I came up with several possibilities, but based on the age of the child we hope to adopt and the length of the in-country stay we narrowed it down pretty quickly to China, India, or Azerbaijan.  David’s thoughts are “It’s China or India unless something else pops up….probably  China.”

I am planning to do some more research and hope to narrow down the country this week; then we will start researching agencies!

Pursuing Adoption

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Last November we held a movie and prayer night for dear friends who were adopting from China.  We had never seen the movie Rescued at that time, but we had seen trailers and knew it would be a perfect way to encourage our friends and learn more about how we could come alongside them in their adoption journey.  Little did we know, the Lord would use the movie Rescued to lead us to start praying about adoption!

Several months later, the Lord confirmed His calling on our lives through another powerful film, Grafted.  My husband and I watched this film with our teenage son, and we all came away rejoicing in the conviction that this was, indeed, the Lord’s will for our family.  That night (7/4/12), after watching Grafted, my husband wrote the following words to our oldest son:

“May it be said of us….that the Evert family lived out what they believed.  That there was no cost that was too high for us to pay in light of what has been paid for us.  No ordained battle that looked too perilous for us to engage in.  May it be said that we never shrank back when the time came for us to enter the fray.  That when our Captain ordered us forward, that we were fierce in the fight.  May it be said that we loved neither our comfort nor our lives more than our King.  That we loved our true and eternal home more that this feeble, passing away world.  That we believed this world is not our home and that we lived that out.

 May my sons say that their father was not only a man who talked of moving forward in faith, but one who took the ground in name of the King because He trusted the Lord to give it to him and trusted his King to hold it after he had left the field.

May our King say to us all: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:23, ESV)”

Today we faxed in our first large sheaf of Dossier paperwork, mailed the first really big check, and scheduled our first social worker interview.  We have “entered the fray” of this God-ordained battle!

My friend Marci has posted an interview with the filmmakers of Grafted on her blog, and she is also hosting a give-away of the movie!   We were challenged and inspired by the theology and teaching put forth in Grafted, and we found the testimonies of adoptive families which are liberally sprinkled throughout to be helpful and encouraging as we contemplated what the adoption process might look like.

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Oh, and one more thing,  just as an aside: both Rescued and Grafted were made by teenagers.  It is so very encouraging to see what our young people can do for the Lord when their focus is set on Christ and His Kingdom!