This is My Africa

After ruling out Africa, we started researching other countries, but something kept drawing us back to China. We love the people, the place, its culture and history, and of course, our little girl. We know in the long-term, it would be good to have two children who could share a common bond of a similar experience and heritage. We knew we wanted to stick with our amazing adoption agency, Lifeline, so we started looking at the waiting children in China through our agency’s site. So many precious children in need of homes and families! I inquired about a few and prayed The Lord would guide us to the child that was ours. A sweet little face caught my eye, but he looked a bit younger than what I had in mind- in fact, just about the exact age of Claire and Charlotte- I don’t think so, Lord. The “twins” are enough. “Triplets” might be more than I can do right now! But I just had to ask for his file, just to be sure.

 

When I did, the Lifeline representative in charge of the waiting child list said not coincidentally, “sure- we JUST got his updated file and a new video of him TODAY!”. Oh boy. The Lord’s timing is perfect. Obviously, he’s adorable, but his special need is a bit scary, which were my first thoughts. Cancer. I thought of our dear friends who fought and still fight a long battle with their son’s brain tumor over the course of the 4 + years we lived in Clarksville. I thought of the many doctor’s visits and chemo treatments they had to go through with him and thought, ‘Lord, you know I can’t do that! I have 7 other children to care for and a husband with a demanding job that often takes him away from us- that’s not something I want to sign up for willingly!’ But through the doubt, there was a peace knowing if God called us to this, He would equip us. He would supply what we needed just when we needed it, or he would heal this little boy completely. I thought of this little boy’s condition, and how he suffered through these treatments and the surgery all alone. I thought of how much better his medical care would be here, if his cancer did return. And, I knew this was our son, and we had to say yes. Fortunately, one of my best friend’s mother is an oncology nurse, and I had a wonderful pediatrician in Clarksville who helped us with Charlotte’s adoption and file review, and she agreed to look at this little boy’s file to give us her professional opinion on his medical condition. Both said basically the same thing. There are no guarantees. It’s a leap of faith, but we’re diving in.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews 11:1