Our Story

Have you ever received a call to do something that you knew was important, but you felt a little overwhelmed?  Something that, on the face of it, seemed so big, so challenging and maybe even impossible?  What do you do at a time like that?  How do you move forward? If you’ve ever been there, you know it isn’t easy.

We’d like to share a story with you. It is, what we believe, to be an incredible story of how God can call us to do something and then ask us to walk forward in faith.

Late last summer, Melinda was reading a Bible passage as part of her daily devotion when she heard God’s still, small voice ask her “why don’t you consider adoption?” Her first reaction was “why, Lord?” You see, we currently have two wonderful children and we were considering having another.  But God had other plans. In His own direct way, He told her “I am the author of your family.” Melinda was unsettled for a few days, but ultimately asked God to speak to my heart to let him know of this call as well.

Many weeks went by and nothing changed.  Until one day in late October, I heard a brief radio broadcast about families that have adopted. The message in the broadcast was powerful as these families talked about how they were blessed through the adoption of their children. I was so moved that I mentioned it to Melinda that night.

And that’s when it happened. The next morning during our daily prayer time Melinda suggested to me that she “believed we should consider adoption.” The challenge had been delivered.

But we both had doubts. Do we have enough room in our home? Do we have enough money? Do we have enough love in our hearts? But then we were reminded of what God’s word says in the Bible:

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” James 1:27(a)

Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4

After God’s gentle reminders from His word, and through prayer, we began to take the first steps to bring our children home from the Ukraine, no longer doubting God’s plan for our family.

As the daddy for my five-year old bugaboo, Anna, I have hopes and dreams for her as she grows up. But none of those dreams include prostitution, suicide, homelessness or hopelessness.  Yet that’s the reality that many orphans around the world are facing. We cannot affect the lives of all of the 11 million orphans out there today. However, we can change the lives of two orphans that are hopeless in the Ukraine. Two orphans that God has already chosen for our family.

That’s our story. We know the journey will not be easy, but we are prepared to walk forward. It is our hope that God will touch your heart for the orphans the way He has touched ours.