An Adoption Story | Matt + Holly
Five years ago God called us to adopt…
At that time we didn’t know why or how. Matthew was only two months old, we were renting, and Matt was still in school. But God’s calling was clear. Since then, we have been praying and waiting for God to prepare us and show us the right time. It wasn’t until February of 2016 that we felt God urging again, doors began to open, and He laid on our hearts Waiting Children. Children who are waiting and ready to be adopted, are not because there isn’t an adoptive family waiting for them.
Typically, this is because of their age or special needs. Having siblings that need to be placed together is considered a special need. Siblings are often separated to make it easier for them to be placed. Though it is almost twice as much to adopt a sibling group, it is clear where our hearts are being led. Then it happened; we found our twin girls from Africa! Our home study wasn’t even completed but we knew these were the girls God had been placing on our hearts since Matthew was two months old. The day that God put adoption on our hearts five years ago, was literally 10 days after our girls were born. We never expected to find these children so quickly!
What does this mean? Adah and Ayana are Waiting Children, so all of the fees (about $39,500 plus travel expenses) are due very quickly. Yikes!
Therefore, we come to you, and humbly ask for your help.
Put yourself on Adah and Ayana’s Map! The name of each person who donates any service, talent, item, or amount will be written on a map we painted for our family. The map will be a tangible, visual keepsake for our family to have that shows all the people who have loved us, helped us, and prayed for us during our wait to bring them home. It will speak of God’s awesome provision and how He will pay for the mission He has ordered. We are most of all excited to see God’s hand in this whole process.
We are asking you to
- Pray for us. For wisdom, guidance, and provision.
- Pray for the twins. For safety, that God shows them they are loved, and that they are provided for during this long adoption process.
- Pray for our agency. For speed, ability, and honesty.
- Encourage us.
- Share our fundraising effort as much as you can.
- Share our new website for the purpose of spreading HOPE.
- Lastly, and only if you are able, we ask you to help us bring our daughters home by contributing to this fundraiser.
Donations can be made on our YouCaring fundraiser page.
Thank you for all your support!
Update November 30th, 2016:
We are currently in Africa with our girls! We are enjoying some vacation time as a family of five and we are bonding seamlessly. We are not sure how long we will be here because we are staying until the girl’s paperwork goes through and we can bring them home with us. We have been really hoping that will be before Christmas. This would be a great miracle! It isn’t likely, but we know if it’s God’s will He can do it.
If you need to contact us, please do so via text, email, or Facebook. Our business phone is not set up for international calls. Thank you.