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The Year of Adoptions

2014 was the year of adoptions in our house! We started foster care in 2012 when we received custody of a beautiful one year old baby boy. 10 months later, we took his biological sister into our home when she was 3 days old. It’s kind of ironic as I look back on my life and my ideas just 3 years ago. I was that person who said “Fostering is not for me!” and “There’s no way I could do it!” Yet we were earnestly praying for God to give us a family and to bless us with children. And so He did. He presented us with a chance to be obedient and take a chance on something we were so unsure about.

Many of those who know us know some of the nitty gritty details of the 2 years it took us to get to the judge’s chambers. It wasn’t easy - for all the reasons I didn’t want to do it in the first place. There were many tears, heartbreaking moments, feelings of helplessness and fear of possible loss. While we feel that many of the details of our journey are best left in the file at this point, we won’t sugar coat and say that it always felt glorious and fulfilling to rescue a child from their dire situation.

As we look at our 2 little blessings, now approaching 4 and 2 years old, we are filled with an indescribable joy and love. We marvel at how God entrusted us with them and blessed us in a way that is beyond our dreams. You see, we look back now and see His hand in our lives. We see how God rescued US. Both from the beginning of time, and then over and over from ourselves during this thing that we went through.

We were the ones feeling like we took a chance, but really we see that God took a chance on us. He knew what fostering and adopting would do in our hearts. He knew it would change us forever and drive us closer to Him in a way that we never would’ve attained on our own. We learned to trust Him in a new and fresh way and to let go of things we had no control over.

Would we do it over again? Absolutely. For the children, and for us. Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” We can do our best to avoid trouble, to stay away from the things we think will be hard or challenge our hearts in a way we won’t like. But the truth is, there will be trouble, there will be hard things. And there will be indescribable joy in seeing and knowing that He is using us for His glory and drawing us closer to Him.

Our adoption dates are March 10, 2014 and August 3, 2014. Those dates ended the fostering chapter for us, and they are huge monuments for us. But all the days before and even now, post adoption have revealed that there is an imprint on our hearts for children. GFC is developing an incredible ministry for children who need love, acceptance, and maybe even a home. If you feel God tugging at your heart in this way, know that there is a family of people right here who have walked this journey and would love to support and help you as you minister, follow God’s lead, and let Him take a chance with you!

Amanda Roark

 


 

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