I want to update you all on what has been going on with our adoption. After the powerful time of prayer we had on Sunday morning (thanks to Brad for doing that), the awareness of what is happening with our adoption has been heighten. So, I wanted to give those interested an update in hopes that you will pray for us and also to educate and maybe even inspire some of you to take this journey of adoption.
Roz and I have felt compelled to adopt for years. About a year and a half ago we felt it was time to start the process. We felt called to adopt from China. I don’t know why. I can’t explain it. We know that there are children here in America that need homes. But this is what we felt God calling us to do. I liken it to a missionary being called by God to a specific country. Its that kind of feeling. We also felt the need to adopt an orphan with a special need/disability.
Over the last year and a half we have done TONS of paperwork, from home studies to homeland security to passports and visa. It’s been crazy. But it all paid off about 1:30am on Tuesday morning when I saw the face of my little girl.
Once a month China releases a group of orphans through a portal on the internet. Adoption agencies from all over the world are logged-in to this portal waiting to match their clients with these orphans. The adoption agency never knows how many children will be put up for adoption that month, or what their needs are. So it is a crap-shoot on whether or not you will be match. We were told last Friday that Monday night, starting at 8pm (8am China time), China would begin to release children and we would get an email anytime after 8pm informing us if we were matched or not.
So…starting at 8pm I(The reason I say “I” is because Roz was a World Changers with our youth group) checked my phone about every 3 minutes. 9:30…10:30…11:30…12:30 rolled around and no email. I began to feel like it wasn’t going to happen. This was only the 2nd month we had been eligible to be matched with a child and they told us that it could take up to 6 months, so not being match would not have been a surprise. But we were hopeful.
I was about to go to bed and it happened. At 1:30am I received an email with the tag line “Referral Match!” It took me a moment to start breathing again. I knew when I opened this email I was going to receive information and a picture of the little girl we had been praying for for years. I opened the email and clicked on the attachment to open the picture…and I couldn’t view the picture because it wasn’t compatible with my phone(you can imagine my reaction). So after calling Roz and having a moment with her on the phone I called my mom and told her I was coming over to her house and getting on her computer…at 1:30 in the morning(she was ok with it though). I spent the next couple of hours reading about where she was found, the specifics about her health, and looking at pictures of her.
Needless to say, I can’t wait to meet her. Travel to China is still probably 5 or 6 months away. We are unable at this time to give any specific info about her condition or age or name or to show any pictures of her. I promise to put that out when we are allowed. What we ask of you right now is to pray for her(we are naming her Mae Lee, both family names). Pray for us. Pray for our two boys. It was quite a night!