Not too long ago we had the opportunity to meet Sherree from K-LOVE at a marriage seminar.
The story is below of what happened and today Sherree contacted me to have me write out our story so it could be shared on the radio with Scott and Kelly!
Thank you LORD!
Thank you Sherree and Thank you K-LOVE
We listen to K-LOVE all the time and our 8 year old son Austin knows it as "Positive, Encouraging K-LOVE" We are in the process of completing an international adoption of our two children in Eastern Europe. It has been a long hard process but is going to be worth it all when we bring our babies home! As we listen to K-LOVE and hear the stories of people doing things to make a difference in the lives of others, Austin tells me every time we need to share our story of hope and love.
He asks all the time if we can call into "Positive, Encouraging K-LOVE" to share our adoption story with you and ask for prayers for our journey. We had tried calling for a number of days into the contest/request line and could never get through. He was so persistant that we HAD to share our story with "Positive, Encouraging K-LOVE" because "I thought that we could get more people to help us becauseI know there are a LOT of K-LOVE listeners that care about adoptions and saving orphans, I just know there are!" So, we persisted and found a number that worked. He called in himself to the station and asked as they answered the phone.. "is this Postitive, Encouraging K-LOVE?" the lady told him yes and asked what she could do for him. He simply asked for prayer for our adoption. He wanted help to save his bubba and sissy. He asked for them to pray for our paperwork and fundraising process so we could go and save his bubba and sissy from the orphanage. He left a message with his request and all of his contact info if anyone wanted to call back and ask questions. I was so proud of him and it melted my heart to know he cares so much about these two children who are lost without a hope for a future with a family. When we went to the marriage seminar and he saw that K-LOVE was there, he said "MOM! We HAVE to go tell our story to K-LOVE!!" I promised him we'd find someone to share it with and ask for prayers that night after the conference. He was such a trooper to stay up late and wait patiently to share our story with Sherree and she was so kind to listen and tell him she would pray for our family.
Since this time our paperwork has gone through with flying colors and been processed ahead of deadlines. We can truly see God at work in our lives and see him answering our prayers. We leave in 2 1/2 weeks on December 5th to get our two new additions, our son, Adrian who is 13 years old and our daughter, Ava who is between 6 and 8. We are still working on getting all her info!
International adoptions are a legnthy, red tapey (is that even a word) and costly process. But, can you really put a price on a child's life? We have always had a heart for the fatherless and have known we'd adopt for years. God has blessed our every step and cleared the way when there seemed to be no way. We still have a long road ahed of us as we travel accross the world to get our children and welcome them into our family. A double adoption like this (adopting 2 children at the same time) costs approximately $35,500. With God's help, friends, family and strangers that have listened to God's urging to help us we have raised $15,794.00 leaving a balance to be raised in the next 18 days of $19,706.00.
We are working very diligently to have fundraisers and share our story everywhere we can and TRUSTING God that HE will provide! We know he hasn't called us and brought us this far to leave us. We know all of the Cattle on a thousand hills are HIS and that as much as we care for and LOVE thse kids that he LOVES them even MORE and he wants them here with us just as we do! The bible says he sets the lonely in Families in Psalm 68:6. We have learned to trust him more and lean on him for our EVERY need as we've gone through this process. We have seen our children's faith and love for God grow as they see each and every miracle he sends our way. God gave us two scriptures when we began this process and we cling tight to them every day. 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 Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. We claim these scriptures over our children and our family. God has also confirmed his plans for us in this adoption several times throughout the process and the one that I just have to share is this.. Isaiah 43:5 - I read this on a day that we were really struggling and again this last Sunday as the stress and worry of the financial burden was laying heavy on us .. it brings me to tears every time .. it says this...Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isn't our God great???
We sincerely appreciate all of the love, support and encouragement we get from K-LOVE everyday. Thank you for listening and sharing our story.