America World welcomes home these three families from China! The families returned home last week with their beautiful children and have begun a new chapter in each of their amazing stories. Congratulations to all!
“Robert” is a 7-year old boy waiting for his forever family. He is described as studious, loving and caring. His caretakers note a leadership quality about him as he helps guide and care for the younger children. “Robert” has a hole in his heart which requires surgery in the coming months. Please share “Robert’s” story and pray he will be matched with a family.
America World staff would be happy to talk with any interested family. This is a shared referral. Please email India@awaa.org to learn more!
The India program does see older children with varying medical needs. If you have a heart for adopting an older child with a medical need, then you may want to consider adopting from the India program!
Today Becca Lunde was gracious enough to share a transparent look at what goes on in the first month home.
We’ve been home as a family of five for about a month and a half. The transition bringing our daughter, Selah, home from China has had so many ups and downs. It’s been HARD raising three toddlers!
I’ve struggled with some depression since we’ve been home from China. If you’ve ever been on a mission trip, you probably remember how you feel when you come home. You’re invigorated and feel a little like all of the things in your real life are just meaningless after being within so much poverty. That’s a little like the way I felt after settling in from China. There are so many kids who need families so desperately. As my love grew and grew for Selah, I kept thinking about all of those kids still without the love of a family back in China, just like Selah was a few months ago. As I saw her panic if she ever started to feel a little hungry just before mealtime, I would become so sad thinking about all the times she probably went hungry. As she would grab a handful of my hair at night to make sure I was always there, I felt so sorry that she has experienced so much loss in her life. And when I see the photos of kids waiting for families, it hurts me to think of what they are going through.
Through all the difficulties that Selah has faced, she is so strong and so brave. She jumps out of bed in the morning and calls for her brothers to play. She sings and laughs and dances. She loves Tinkerbell and when I paint her toenails. She loves popsicles and French fries and peanut butter. She is our daughter, and I can’t imagine life without her. God has fought so hard for her, and she is going to do amazing things in her life. All the kids still waiting for families in China will too; they just need a family to help them get there. Sometimes people say to us, “you all are so amazing to adopt”. It’s quite the opposite, though. We are nothing special. We are just parents that love our kids. Jesus has gotten us through all of the rest, and He’ll get you through it, too. All of the difficulties, the paperwork, the transitions, the exhaustion, and the tears have been more than worth it.
This little girl, our daughter, is so precious. She is a child of God, and we are so humbled that He has allowed us to be her parents.
I am not the same person I used to be. I have seen a glimpse of the sadness and trauma that so many children face on a daily basis. But, I’m glad I’m not the same person that I used to be.
I am thankful that God has allowed me to see orphans a little more like He sees them: as precious, beloved, and needing to know the love of a family.
Life after adoption is NOT easy. We have felt exhausted, alone, and doubting our parenting skills over and over again. But, I am a firm believer that as Christians, God did not bless us just so we could have a comfortable life. Jesus says in John 10:10 that The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
The enemy hates adoption and he will throw in obstacles and fear and finances and anything he can to keep you from it. But, Jesus came to give us LIFE and an ABUNDANT life. I have to tell you, that Selah has given us an abundant life. She has given us a life full of joy and amazement. When she hugs her brothers and tells them that she loves them, there is truly nothing in this world that could make us happier.
If you are thinking of adoption, do it. It will be hard and sad and scary, but I promise that your life will be abundant and your heart will be full.
This beautiful little one officially has a forever family! Congratulations to another America World family who received their Letter of Acceptance from China yesterday. Soon they will leave for China to bring home their daughter, and we are so excited for them.
My husband, Adam, and I already had two biological children, ages 13 and 10, but we felt we had more love to give to a child who needed a family. We raised the money, filled out the reams of paperwork, and made the space in our home for a third child.
Fast forward to today. We have been home a month with Liam. Adoption has been probably the hardest thing we have ever done, but it has also been tremendously rewarding. Our son now has a mommy, daddy, sister and brother to sing to him before bed, to give him hugs and kisses, to laugh at his humor, to introduce him to Jesus. He has advocates as he looks at numerous medical treatments and dentist appointments. He has a future full of hope.
The adoption of precious children is not only encouraged in Scriptures, it is an incredible witness to the world.
My husband, who is a pastor, was questioned by an official approving our adoption: "Why are so many pastors adopting children from here?" He asked my husband to write down his reason, and Adam shared James 1:27 with him. Adoption is changing the lives of children and bearing witness to our God, who is father to the fatherless.
This is the first picture I saw of my son. It was posted on AWAA's waiting child page. At the time I thought: "Here is a boy who needs and mommy and daddy to tuck him in at night and tell him he is loved by them and by God."
If you have been considering adoption please check out the many programs currently available through America World here.
There are many reasons why people consider adoption but never move beyond the 'thinking about it' stage. While not everyone is called to adopt, the cost of adoption should not be THE reason for not moving forward if God is leading you to do so.
Over 4,300 families have adopted through America World. Most of them would testify that adoption costs were a big concern in their decision to adopt. Most of them would also tell you that, because they knew God was leading, they decided to step out in faith and He provided and made a way past that obstacle--whether under it, over it, around it, or through it, He made a way!
America World's Financing Adoption page will be very helpful as you plan financially for your adoption. We wish that adoption was not so costly and such an obstacle for so many families. The reality is that there are many costs associated with adoption:
Home study Immigration fees Background checks Required training Translation fees Agency fees Flights Hotel costs Visas Post adoption reports and more...
Visit our Financing Adoption page for an extensive list of organizations who can help you take that first step to adoption.
Wherever you are on this journey... waiting, chasing paperwork, thinking about adoption... be encouraged:
"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."
“Vienna” is an adorable little girl with big dark eyes. She is estimated to be 15-months old and is described as cheerful. “Vienna” has sickle-cell disease and is in need of a family who is able to take on the medical care required to manage her needs. Please share “Vienna’s” story and pray she will be matched with a family.
America World staff would be happy to talk with any interested family. Please email India@awaa.org to learn more!
The India program does see children with sickle-cell and other medical needs ranging in severity. If you have a heart for adopting a child with a medical need, then the India program could be a great fit for your family!
Three years ago Bridget and Jim Merry met their son Reed for the first time and their lives were changed forever. Words cannot express how thankful we are to see families formed and growing through the gift of adoption!
Reed three years later, love that patriotic cast!
The Merry family is now working on their dossier to bring another son home from China. Please keep them in your prayers as they wait and pursue their son.
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