Adoption, nowadays, is a very expensive endeavor. Administration fees, legal fees, travel costs, and procuring of documents, just to name a few, add up quickly. Even after doing everything necessary to adopt a child, one must still play the waiting game…
We have partnered with Small World Adoption out of Tennessee in our adoption journey. The decision was very simple. After reading their statement of beliefs, we knew that this was the perfect fit. They are not shy about their Christian beliefs and desire for the child to be in a family with like values and beliefs. In addition, they came recommended to us because they have lots of experience working with ex-pats (people who live and work outside of their home country). For these reasons, we are very happy to partner with them in this amazing journey.
The million dollar question…
How much do we actually have to raise in order to bring Little Eggers home? Rather than give you a precise amount, I want to share a story with you.
George Müller (1805-1898) was a Christian evangelist and a coordinator of orphanages in Bristol, England. Through his faith and prayers, he had the privilege of caring for over 120,000 orphan children. He also traveled over 200,000 miles (by ship) to preach the gospel of Jesus in 42 countries and to challenge believers to trust in God. In his journals, Müller recorded miracle-after-miracle of God’s provision and answered prayer:
One morning, all the plates and cups and bowls on the table were empty. There was no food in the larder and no money to buy food. The children were standing, waiting for their morning meal, when Müller said, “Children, you know we must be in time for school.” Then lifting up his hands he prayed, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”
There was a knock at the door. The baker stood there, and said, “Mr. Müller, I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you didn’t have bread for breakfast, and the Lord wanted me to send you some. So I got up at 2 a.m. and baked some fresh bread, and have brought it.”
Mr. Müller thanked the baker, and no sooner had he left, when there was a second knock at the door. It was the milkman. He announced that his milk cart had broken down right in front of the orphanage, and he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk so he could empty his wagon and repair it.
After a terrible cholera epidemic resulting in many orphaned children, Müller felt compelled to call a meeting with a desire to open an orphan home. This was a complete step of faith. Four days before the meeting, God confirmed it through the Scripture – ‘Open wide your mouth and I will fill it’ (Ps. 81:10).
Müller thus began the Children’s Homes with the primary objective that it should be seen that God was providing all the needs as a result of prayer and faith, without anyone being asked or approached.
So, we are taking a similar Müller approach…
We aren’t making the amount known, but letting you know that we are adopting.
We aren’t sitting on the sidelines, but we are going to the Father in prayer and moving forward.
We are keeping the faith, knowing that he will provide in powerful ways.
“Dear Father, we thank you for what you are going to provide through the Body of Christ.”