Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ordinary People.. Extraordinary God...

This post is for those people, many whom we love dearly who ask us why.  Why Ethiopia?  Why this child if you don't have the money?  Why not have "your own?"  The answer to all of those questions is simply because God has put us on this path, and we are obeying Him.  Our church has been preaching a sermon series on Real People Real God.  God used so many ordinary people to do extraordinary things.  He used Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Hannah, Paul, Timothy, and the Wilkins. 

We first felt the call to adopt in 2010. We both wanted to give our child a sibling, and having a child biologically wasn’t an option at this point in time.  Honestly, we felt like God must be calling the wrong people.  We were just recovering from our own economic downswing.  Eric spent several months unemployed after the factory he worked at closed its doors for good in April of 2009 and I struggled to find full time employment following college.  We had just bought our first home and were digging our way out of the debt that came from unemployment.  God could not be asking us to adopt a child.  As we searched for a church we found our now church home in December 2010.  The sermon series was about Nehemiah and the burden God gave him.  We knew after that first sermon that God gave us a burden for orphans.  We met a family who is now our closest friends.  They were bringing home their first of two adopted children from Ethiopia.  God is good.  After seeing their journey, their similar story, we knew with God anything was possible.  It took us many months to decide what country we would choose and the agency we would adopt with.  God led us each step of the way.  We got the call about Isaiah on October 9, on the same day we got our I171 H in the mail approving us to adopt! Our sign from God!

 Bringing Isaiah home is nothing short of extraordinary.   He is our little miracle child.  He comes from a region in Ethiopia where the infant mortality rate is 95%. That means 95 out of every 100 babies don't make it out of infancy! That is tragic.  Would you please take 5 minutes to watch the video below that another adoptive family put together?  Please pray about assisting our family and please share this post with everyone you know.  God uses the ordinary to do extraordinary things.  What is He calling you to do?

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