At the age of 17, God began revealing to Jordan his call for adoption. He went to school with a girl who had 3 older sisters whom all together had 12 children, each with a different father. The family was surrounded by dysfunction. One of the 12 children was adopted by his paternal grandmother. Jordan saw what a difference this grandmother made in the child’s life. God exposed Jordan to the need for humans to step up and take care of other humans. Jordan has since felt a calling to raise a family and to help others in his community doing so. He was open about this calling with Melissa early on in our relationship.
Melissa has never been against the idea of adoption, but she didn’t have the calling as early as Jordan did. While in college, Melissa worked in an after-school care program at a Title One school (a school with high numbers of children from low-income families) where she saw firsthand the outcomes of countless broken families. Melissa later continued to work with other Title One schools through substitute teaching, student teaching, and teaching her own fourth grade class. Through this process, Melissa realized what children needed most was to be shown unconditional love. God revealed to Melissa the need for humans to step up and take care of other humans within her own community.
Early in our marriage, we made the decision to adopt to grow our family. God chose to bless us with our biological daughter, June, first. Through loving June as only a parent knows how, our hearts have become even more overwhelmed with adoption. The instinct to protect our child, yet the most loving, difficult, and exciting choice of giving our child’s life over to the Lord, has opened our hearts even more to helping children whose parents are unable or unwilling to do these things. Becoming parents has taught us more than we could ever imagine about God’s never ending, overwhelming love for us. We have also become more awakened to the abortion crisis. We want to be able to say “yes” to a birth mother who is feeling hopeless and contemplating abortion.
We are confident in God’s calling in our life. James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” The Bible makes it clear. He is equipping us to show His love through adoption. This adventure has been a season of spiritual growth for both of us. God continues to show us how He is in control, and He is giving us peace. We are excited to grow our family through adoption and cannot wait to meet our future son or daughter! Thank you for helping us live out the gospel and bring our little one home!