The Orphan Care Ministry of Crossway has been encouraged, and is very excited for the Smith family! The Smiths have 3 children, Aaron, Chase and Paige. They are in the process of adding to their family by adopting a little girl from China! Their paperwork is logged in and they are awaiting a referral. God’s timing and plan in this journey has been evident and the Smiths continue to express God’s faithfulness to them during this time.
How did God open your hearts toward adoption?
We have always been open to considering adoption and had even discussed it before we were married. Neither of us grew up around adoptive families or were very familiar with the process, but we both believed that caring for orphans was something close to the heart of God, and it should play a part in our lives, whether that meant actually adopting or through participating in a sponsorship program. God used regular contact with other adoptive families to stir our hearts even more.
How has God moved you toward adoption?
We have a soft heart for children, and through hearing the stories of other adoptive families, praying about it and receiving counsel, we felt compelled to pursue adoption. Our desire to have two daughters and connections with those who have adopted from China led us in this direction.
We cannot solve the world orphan crisis, but we can make a difference in one child’s life and be a demonstration of God’s adoptive love. The work, sacrifice and cost of international adoption can be daunting, but God has not called us to something that he will not also provide the grace for us to do. We are certain that God is orchestrating our steps and we move forward with faith, expectant that He will continue to provide what is needed.
What is the next step with the adoption and what timetable are you on?
Our paperwork is filed in China and we have been waiting for the last 5 months for a referral which would match us with a little girl. We weren’t expecting this piece of the puzzle to take this long, but we have seen the wisdom of God’s timing. Every time we think we are in control of this process He reminds us that His plans for our family will come to pass and they are good. Once we accept a referral, it will be approximately 3 months until everything is approved for us to travel and bring her home.
How can we pray for and support your family?
*Faith for God’s timing for our referral and all the chaos that will ensue once that referral comes.
*Strength and grace for our family during the transition when we bring our daughter home. The change will affect each of us differently and our prayer is that we would be drawn closer together through this process, not apart.
*For God’s provision in our fundraising efforts. An international adoption from China will total close to $40k in the end. We are hoping to raise $25k toward that total through a variety of efforts.
For more information on the Smith’s fundraisers, as well as adoption updates and prayer requests, click on this link to their blog.