When Adoption Is Deemed “Urgent”
2 sons adopted on the left, Rachel (mom) on the far right, attorney and in-country adoption team members in the center, and personal escort from the US Embassy to the airport in the middle in orange.
There’s a lot going on today.
Widespread illness. Hunger. Injustice. Division. Riots. Does God even have time for adoption right now?
We’re thankful to say a wholehearted YES!
Our friends at Lifeline Children’s Services shared a testimony from a family they walked alongside. Be encouraged by this example of God’s relentless pursuit to “set the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6), even in the face of great adversity.
In the words of Lifeline…
Moms and dads on the journey to adopt internationally know they have a detailed road ahead of them. A journey filled with paperwork, home studies, meetings, travel, and more. But that is what it looks like when the world is not in the middle of a pandemic.
Before borders closed, and before civilization was told to “stay home,” the Davis Family flew to Colombia to pick up their two new sons on March 1. Shortly after they arrived in-country with their seven children, things drastically changed around the globe in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Dad, Kurt, flew back to the United States with six of their kids, while, mom, Rachel, and one child stayed to try to complete the unknown process ahead. Things began to unravel as courts closed, quarantine-like restrictions were set in place, and the remaining members of the Davis Family prepared to be in Colombia indefinitely.
But just as God worked in miraculous ways as He parted the Red Sea, provided a lamb for Moses, and rained manna from heaven, He moved through the Colombian Supreme Court. Adoptions were deemed “urgent,” so the court made sure those in-process could continue through the system. The Davis’s adoption process was finalized and the four family members flew home to reunite with the seven others in Kansas on April 22.
Reflecting back on the 11-month process of their international adoption, Rachel knew God was in every step of the process and deserved all the glory.
“So many things had to fall just perfectly into place for this to happen,” Rachel shared. “We serve a God who still works miracles. God, thank you for moving mountains … building families, and turning broken lives into restored ones. … I am the luckiest mom in the whole world.”
Lifeline Children’s Services’ mission is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Whether through adoption, foster care, orphan care, or education and counseling, the mission is accomplished when churches begin to live out James 1:27 in their communities and to the ends of the earth. Lifeline assists families with international adoption in all 50 states, each of the U.S. territories and with U.S. citizens living abroad. Lifeline also serves women in unexpected pregnancies and families through domestic adoption. The ministry accepts no state or federal funding.
For more information, visit lifelinechild.org.
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