Kate Elizabeth will be our 2nd
internationally adopted daughter. In October of 2002, my husband Randy and his
eldest daughter Elisa stepped off a plane at RDU International Airport with a
beautiful 10 month old little girl from central China. Olivia would open our
eyes to the necessity and beauty of James 1:27 where God commands His children
to care for the orphans and widows of the world. Why? Because He isn't capable
to care for them and meet their needs Himself? No, of course not. God Almighty
is certainly able to handle the distress of the orphan epidemic on this planet without our help. Then why ask us? At the time my husband and I
just thought that we were being obedient to care for "the least of
these". But now we know that God wanted to bless us through this adoption
as much as we wanted to bless Olivia. Adoption is the hidden treasure, the
diamond in the field, that God longs to reveal to us if we will only trust Him
enough to leave our comfort zone and be obedient to this command. Olivia has
now been a part of the family for over 4 years and what a wonderful adventure
it has been!
Last summer we decided we could and should adopt again. Our thoughts first
turned to China. However, we decided that the wait was too long for us. Next,
we looked into the children with special needs in China and applied for 2 of
them. However, we were turned down in both cases. The "competition"
for these children is stiff now that the traditional route is taking so long.
About Lisa Allen:
I am the Christian mom of 4 girls and the stepmom of 2 more that are grown. I have been married for almost 18 years to my best friend and my prince. I homeschool our 4 daughters which takes a good part of my day. My two older daughters are biological and the younger two are adopted from China and Guatemala. Adoption has opened my eyes to another layer of life, one that is near and dear to the heart of God. Afterall, He adopted me into His family and I am ever so thankful.
Visit Lisa at www.awaitingkate.blogspot.com.
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