Isaiah 41:10-13 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness
Between April 2012 and January 2013, my best friend died in a car accident, my dad had a heart attack, my son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, and my two, sweet grandmothers died suddenly within two weeks of each other. In the past, I would have surmised that with so many trials, our family would be burdened each day by sorrow. I never thought sorrow, loss, disappointment, and trials would give us more courage.However, each time a new trial would visit our lives, our faith in Christ and who He is became stronger. We did not become stronger - we actually felt weaker- but our gaze became focused on our Savior. We knew we were never alone. He met our physical needs. He gently cared for and loved us; He spoke to us about who we are and our future.Before my son was diagnosed, I read two books: " Kisses from Katie and "Mission of Motherhood" . "Kisses from Katie" is about how God showed His love to orphans through a young college student, and "Mission of Motherhood" spoke of God's calling regarding motherhood. The strength and love in my heart grew for my children and children with no-one to call mother. I thought these books were preparing me for an upcoming trip to Ethiopia to minister to orphans. Little did I know God was preparing me first to care for my son with a chronic illness with joy and peace, and to soon care for and be the mother of an abandoned orphan. As I learned to care for my son and be gentle and loving, no matter the circumstances, God spoke to me and said, " You have more love to give." Today the Holland family proudly announces that we are in the process of adopting a girl from China!!! We know that the obstacles may be many, but like the widow who obeyed God and was provided for, we fully believe that God will provide for us!!I Kings 17:15And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.Why Adopt?
-Because God adopted us first. Romans 8:14-16-Andrew and I have always felt that we would someday adopt.
Why China?-We traveled to China 12 years ago and visited orphanages. At that time, we became aware of the atrocity of the "One Child Policy" and how girls were abandoned and treated.-We love missions and feel like we would be living out "going to the ends of the earth" daily by caring for a Chinese daughter.- We love China.Why now?
We both had fear and questions about adoption but after Ryan was diagnosed, God gave us courage to love more.How can I help?
- Pray for our daughter, that she will be well cared for as she waits to come home.- Pray that God guides us throughout the adoption process and meets all financial needs. - Pray for us when she comes home, that God will show us how to parent her with His heart.
Love her and us: Please love and accept her as our daughter. Just as Jesus grafted us into the vine, she will be grafted into our family. When she comes home support us and love us as I know you will, just as you have this past year and a half with Ryan.
Stay connected: Please send your email address to me at email@example.com. I would like to send monthly updates to all that are interested.
For more stories about our adoption check out links below:Thank you so much for your love and support!!!
Do it Afraid
Looking from Afar
From Fear, to Faith, to the Courage to Adopt
Our Adoption Story: Our First Steps
Our Adoption Story: Baby Steps