We began inquiring about adoption two years ago while looking at the children at www.reecesrainbow.org. We have considered adopting a handful of times, but it has always fallen through for various reasons. Maybe God was just bringing us to this point...to hosting a beautiful little girl with no home from Latvia.
We considered hosting last Summer, but we didn't have the money. We considered hosting last Christmas, but we didn't have the money. When we got the email a few weeks ago from New Horizons about hosting this Summer...well, we still didn't have the money!
The pictures of these kids, and the knowledge that once they turn sixteen they walk out of the only "home" many of them have known for years into a very grim existence made me ache for them. But what could we do? I knew the answer was not..."nothing."
I asked Roger if we could host if I could come up with the money. To be honest, it shocked me when his answer was yes. There was a catch, though. Roger is running for public office, so he preferred that I not ask anyone where we live for money. Well, I know people all over, so I was going for it!
I sent out emails and facebook messages to about 140 people on Friday. I thought, "if I could just get 25 people to donate $100, or if they would ask 10 of their friends for $10, or 5 of their friends for $20 then we could do this. This is doable, right?! I was going to call them TEAM 25!
After four days I had only heard back from 6 people. I was crushed and heartbroken. This money wasn't for us...it was for her! I told Roger that I felt defeated and didn't know what else to do to raise the money. And his reply was this, "Kerry, you can't, but God can. Leave it up to Him." We decided to resend the emails and messages on Tuesday, and then leave it to Him.
On Thursday evening we were already at $1810! I could not believe it! When I told Roger the amount he said, "Let's do it! Commit to her tonight!" I began to panic with "what ifs." "What if we can't raise the rest of the money?" "What if we have chosen the wrong child?" "What if we are making a mistake?" And my wonderful husband said, "I think we are meant to do this. God will provide the rest. Let's leave it up to Him."
On Friday we had commitments of $2420, and on Saturday we were at $2500...just one week and one day after sending out a request to help a little girl across the world. I will admit that I had very little faith that we would be bringing a little girl from Latvia into our home this Summer, but God provided so mightily. Once again, proof that HE LOVES HER!
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