We are Not the Rescuers
I am often asked, “Why did you choose to adopt?” or “Why did you choose to adopt from China?” The answer is always simple, though not always simple to understand - that God had our daughter in China. God has a heart for adoption. This is our story…
We were a happy family of 5. Growing together, seeking to follow the Lord and teach our children about Him and His word. Slowly, quietly I (Molly) started to hear the Lord’s voice whispering about a daughter for our family - a sister to be added to our children’s siblings. My husband Nick was at first resistant because of the financials involved… adoption is expensive… how could we ever make it work?
Then we experienced a hiccup in life. I was diagnosed with a tumor in my head. Three surgeries later, the tumor was gone, but so was my ability to swallow, speak clearly, keep my balance, and raise my left arm. I was left without hearing in my left ear. And my children were then ages 6, 4, and 2. The Lord is kind, gracious, faithful, loving, and worthy of praise - after several months of recovery, the only real deficit I was left with is total deafness in my left ear. But would we still be able to adopt? Would we qualify medically? Would I be able to perform all the tasks of motherhood? Was the Lord still asking us to adopt?
The Lord writes beautiful stories. We qualified to adopt, and in His timing, we received some amazing financial gifts to get us started on the adoption journey. I cannot explain the overwhelming sense of peace and encouragement we felt from these gifts from friends and family. We had trusted in the Lord many times - most recently with my tumor, surgeries and recovery. Now He was asking us to trust Him again. And as always, He provided! I got a job that provided the majority of the financials for the adoption expenses. The price of adoption is much, but how much more did Christ pay for me, so that I could be redeemed and adopted into his fold?
In May of 2015, all 5 Hagemeiers traveled to China to adopt our Katie Ann. It was scary, exciting, and has taught us much about how deep, how redemptive, and how grace-filled is His love. We have been changed by Christ and pray that we are willing vessels for His purposes and glory. We adopted not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.
All of our stories are beautiful because they are written by Christ, but they are not always easy or glamorous. Sometimes they can be downright hard. God calls us into relationship with each other in order to support, encourage, and point each other towards Christ. This is why I am so excited that GFC is hosting the first local Created for Care Mini Retreat for adoptive and foster moms. I look forward to next weekend, March 4-5, when we will gather to worship, enjoy community with one another, and watch videos of speakers that will encourage, equip, and challenge us.
Posted on Thu, February 25, 2016
by Grace Fellowship Church