Yesterday, I received all of our paperwork from AGCI. It was very exciting to look through everything and I hope to watch the DVD that came with our packet tonight after church (if I can hold my eyes open long enough!). I read about how the Ethiopian government has changed their rules in the last year and all adopting families are now required to make not one, but two trips to Ethiopia before taking your child home. Two trips to Africa within two months of each other. As I began the paperwork and saw the time frames and dollar signs on paper, I could feel a weight come over me.
There’s no way you can do this.
It’s going to be such a long road.
You won’t raise enough money.
But God spoke to me through someone’s status on Facebook.
Out of the mouth of an eight year old little girl:
“God makes things that are impossible, unimpossible.”
So many times I can look back on a situation and think, I guess if that had been easier, then it wouldn’t have been such an amazing God Story. You know what kind of stories I’m talking about. The stories where nothing is falling into place, everything is falling apart, there’s no hope, there’s no money, there’s no help, whatever the lack may be; and then God steps in, shakes things up, and all of the pieces fall into place in a way that leaves everyone’s jaws on the floor, giving glory to our big, big, God!
In the midst of being overwhelmed, the phone rang. It was a sweet lady from our church whose husband goes to Tanzania, Africa several times a year to bring tools to the locals and help them build homes and buildings. She said she’d been reading about our journey for Zoe and wanted to encourage me and let me know how excited she was for us. She also said that she and her husband will be helping support us financially on our journey. Instantly, God blew wind back into my puny sails through that sweet lady. I stood up tall as I hung up the phone and remembered all of the amazing stories I’ve read from other adopting families, knowing that one day we will have a handful of our own.
Of course it doesn’t end there! I got on the computer and realized I’d received an email from my aunt in Maine. She was telling me how excited she was that we were adopting. She went on to say that she would talk to my uncle and see about donating to Zoe’s adoption. I checked my paypal account a few minutes later and there it was, a large, generous donation from Aunt Kathy and Uncle Terry. The donation that launched us past the one thousand dollar mark. Unbelievable. In that moment it was as if God whispered to me:
one down, twenty-four to go.
God Story #2!
All I need to know for sure is that God has never let me down. He has never called me to something that He did not equip me to conquer. Each day I learn something new about trusting the Lord and surrendering everything to him. Thank you, for those of you who have already begun to pray and encourage us in this journey. Your words are like water to my soul and the Lord continually brings them to remembrance when I get discouraged. Will you continue to share our story in hopes that there are many more just like you out there who will allow God to take their $10 to Africa where there will soon be one less orphan?