Missionaries on the field and our adoption agency highly highly discouraged from trying to adopt once we were on the mission field but instead encouraged us to adopt before we go to the field (which would be now). It is slightly intimidating to have four children under the age of 2 or 3 but we are banking on the grace of God to prove sufficient.
What drove us to this decision is the fact that there are 5 million little people, made in the image of our great God, who are starving to death in Ethiopia. This is a plain and simple fact that I personally cannot get over. Yes I know that there are people who are starving all over the world, but I've had more interaction with those in need in Ethiopia due to our previous adoptions. And since I can't help all, I know I can help some. I did a google image search for "Ethiopian orphans" and saw pictures children sick and starving...and they looked like little Kaden and Makyra. We know life would be very complex and difficult having 4 young children (on the mission field!) but it is worth it to us when it comes to saving two lives. We believe the Lord cares deeply for the orphan and therefore we believe that he will give us what we need as we seek to care for them.
As we have enjoyed parenting Kaden and Makyra these past 7 months we are constantly reminded of God’s particular concern for the oppressed and afflicted. Their very lives prove that he truly is a father to the fatherless. However, while we praise the Lord for saving the lives of our children, we are not able to forget the many many children in the world who are still alone, starving, defenseless, and without the Gospel. This reality has led us to again adopt two more children from Ethiopia. There are two key Scriptures that have led us to adopt a second time. As I was talking to a friend (Julie Robbins) about the possibility of adopting more, she referred me to this passage as she urged me to adopt:
“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.” - Psalm 41:1-2
She told me that those who consider the poor are blessed by the Lord and will be delivered, protected, kept alive, and kept safe from enemies. She encouraged me to not think about the next 18 years of paying for braces and college but instead to live in service to the poor and to rely on the Lord to provide for our needs. Another Scripture that has led us to adopt again is found in 2 Corinthians 9:8. It says:
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."
We take the next step in adopting two more kids assuming God's grace will be there for us to abound in the good work of parenting and translating his Word.
Something Dave said to me as we were thinking through this was that at the end of our lives the Lord isn't going to say "Well Dave and Stacey you aimed too high. You sought to pursue things that were beyond my power. You should have settled for less, attempted fewer things for my glory."
No, if God is able to multiply daily the flour and oil in the widows jar then he is able to provide for our family. If he is able to shut the mouths of lions then he is able to keep us from harm. If he is able to save us from sin and death then he is able to give us the strength to be godly examples to our four children. Reading the miracles in the Bible has strengthened our faith and reminded us that there is nothing too great for our God and this God "gives power to the faint [us]" (Isa 40).
We ask those of you who read our blog (thank you for caring by the way) to keep us in your prayers...
- Please pray that the Lord will provide financially for these adoptions ($40,000ish).
- Please pray that the Lord would give us much grace to faithfully teach our children the Word, to discipline them in love, and to have the energy to care for their daily needs.
- Please pray that all 6 of us would have no health concerns that would keep us from going into missions.
- Please pray that the Lord would provide a godly single lady who would want to go onto the mission field with us and help us with our kids.
Dave and Stacey