A Faith Story from the Hong Kong Program

Whenever I think about David and Goliath, I am reminded that one of the reasons David had so much faith in God and was confident God would deliver Goliath into his hands was because of the many times God had done this before. In order for us to build our faith in the midst of struggle, we have to remember all the times that God has delivered us before. I have a faith building story that I want to share with you.

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” I Samuel 17: 34-37

MC1 In 2012 I received a profile on a waiting child from Hong Kong named “Michael”. When I first learned about Michael, he was 10 years old, and he was Nightlight’s first child matched through the Hong Kong program in September of 2012. He was matched with a family that I had previously worked with in our domestic program in South Carolina. It seemed like such a wonderful God story to have a family come forward to adopt him before I even got him on our waiting list. (Of course, God had an even bigger trophy of His grace in mind.) The adoption process in Hong Kong is long and slow. The adoptive family just 8 weeks prior to travel and without warning backed out of the adoption on 1/15/2014. In fact, I spoke with them at 1:19PM. I was devastated as Michael was now 11 ½ and would be much harder to match or so I thought.

On the same day the first family backed out, I received an e-mail from another family named George and Kim. Kim e-mailed an inquiry for Uganda. She was interested in adopting from Uganda because she had recently been on a mission trip there. I e-mailed Kim some information and scheduled a conference call with her for 1/17/14 at 11AM. I spoke with Kim on 1/17/14 at our scheduled time about the Uganda program, but Kim was most interested in an older male child. IMG_1919Our baby home only takes children up to age 6 years old, and Kim shared with me that her youngest son was 13. She desired to adopt a younger brother but not too many years younger. I then shared with Kim, Michael’s story. Kim was moved and asked me to send her Michael’s file. By 2:47PM that afternoon I had an e-mail from Kim that read:

So, I just got off the phone with George after a lengthy conversation, and we have decided that Michael seems like a very special person that we as a family can embrace and love forever. We know that we can offer him a loving and supporting home, along with companionship from a sibling close in age to him. His story really struck me, especially after you mentioned the idea behind adoption being more about not what we can get from an adoption or choosing someone specifically to fit our needs but about how we can fit the needs of a child. We can love someone forever no matter where they come from. Financially, it seems to be a bit lighter as well, and also the timing, hopefully, will be quicker from start to finish. We can pray anyway! – Kim

Needless to say, I was shocked and amazed at God’s perfect timing and answer to prayer. Although the adoption process from Hong Kong is slow, everyone agreed (including the folks in Hong Kong) to try to expedite this case because Michael had already been waiting for a year and a half. Michael now named John arrived home with his forever family on 2/7/2015.

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Timeline:

  • First family matched with Michael on 9/13/2012.
  • First family backed out on 1/15/2014 at 1:19 PM.
  • 2nd family e-mailed on 1/15/14 about Uganda at 12:58 PM
  • 2nd family committed to Michael on 1/17/14 at 2:47 PM
  • Michael (John) arrived home on 2/7/15.

Not only did God answer our prayers for Michael but He did so before we even asked, before we even knew that the first family would be backing out! We serve an amazing God, and I am so blessed to be used as an instrument in his wonderful plan to care for the fatherless. I hope that you all will be encouraged and trust Him to move mountains. I have attached a photo of John with his forever family! To God be the glory!

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20

Story Submitted by Lisa Prather

Pathway2Family: A New Magazine About Fertility and Adoption

cover-image2On February 25, the first issue of Pathway2Family, a new magazine about fertility and adoption went out to Ob/Gyns and Reproductive Endocrinologists around the country. The Embryo Adoption Awareness Center created the new magazine in its efforts to continue raising awareness about human embryo donation and adoption.

The magazine contains an abundance of content about maintaining hope when facing infertility, stories about life and family, and even tips about eating healthy for fertility!

Pathway2Family is available online at www.Pathway2Family.org. You’ll be able to access it via you computer or mobile device, and can even ask for a hard copy to be mailed to you.

Learn more about embryo donation and adoption at www.embryoadoption.org. If you’re interested in learning more about an embryo adoption program, check out our Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program!

New Oklahoma Office

 

Nightlight is pleheritage-familyased to announce the opening of our new Tulsa, Oklahoma office, and merger with Heritage Family Services.  See www.adoptok.org .  Now Oklahoma residents can benefit from decades of experience between both agencies in completing:

 

a. Embryo Adoption

b. International Adoption from a dozen countries

c. Domestic Adoption

d. Home Studies

Life is a Gift

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Most people rarely consider our very life as a work of God. In fact, we rarely think about life at all (we’re born, grow up and die). Many folks sadly believe an unborn baby isn’t a human life. Atheist Richard Dawkins tweeted back in 2013 that an unborn baby is less human than a pig! [March 13, 2013].

As Christians, we affirm what God’s Word reveals to us about when a baby becomes human life. Scripture tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). In Psalm 139:13-16 says,

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. [New Living Translation]

God clearly instructs us that unborn babies are human at the time of conception. Are some people really more human than others? Of course not! God’s Word is clear: everyone, even unborn babies, are made in the image of God. That’s the message our culture needs to hear as America this month ponders the devastating effects of the 1973 Roe v Wade U.S. Supreme Court Decision which legalized abortion: the loss of over 55,000,000 human lives to abortion. Today join us in prayer and action to create a more life-affirming nation, promoting alternatives to abortion, and changing the culture that sees abortion as necessary.

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Host a child from China, Bulgaria, Colombia, or Kyrgyzstan this summer!  Nightlight, in cooperation with KidSave, will be bringing kids from these four countries to different parts of the country.  Come Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, from 11am to 12 pm to our CA office to learn more.  Click here to learn about hosting an orphaned child.

Part 2: Salem Family Answers Common Embryo Adoption Questions

It’s January 2015, and for Adéye Salem, that means she’s less than a month away from the frozen embryo transfer that she and her husband have been preparing months for.

Adéye recently braved the cold weather and made another video to answer your questions about embryo adoption. In this video, she answers questions about their decision to adopt embryos through open adoption, as well as what their plans are if no babies are born from the process.

Check out the video below:

Learn more about Salem Family’s journey and the challenges that they’ve faced on the Embryo Adoption Awareness Center’s blog!

Part 1: Salem Family Answers Common Embryo Adoption Questions

Adeye and AnthonyAnthony and Adéye Salem are working on a series of videos to answer your questions about embryo adoption. In the first video, they answer questions about:
Age – Are they too old for embryo adoption?
Success Rate – Why did they choose embryos that have a 20-30% chance at life?
Family Size – How they manage life with nine children, and how will they do it with even more children?
Medication – What kinds of medication will Adéye have to take leading up to the FET?

See the full video and watch for their shout out to Snowflakes®:

As their mid-January Frozen Embryo Transfer nears, the couple will release more videos to answer your questions. Visit Adéye’s blog and leave questions in the comments for their upcoming videos!