Aly: On my first mission trip to Peru, I saw this little girl somewhere between the age of two and four. She was layered in filthy clothes with dirt and snot covered her face in this little town in the Andes Mountains. Her big brown eyes captivated my heart and I felt the world begin to slow down as our gazes locked and I felt God enlarge my heart for orphans, I wanted to pick her up and bring her home with me. The seed of adoption was birthed that day. I went on to do short term missions a few more times in Peru and other south and central American countries. God continued to grow my heart for children, yet that little girl’s face never left my mind. I knew because of her, a desire was birthed to blur the lines of blood and let love conquer injustice in just ONE child’s life because of mine.
JR: Adoption to me personally seems like it should be simple…there are people that need to be cared for, so we should care for them. I would like to believe there doesn’t need to be some earth-shaking, sky-shattering revelation to move forward on this one. Having said that, as we are finding out, if there is not conviction…there will not be follow through. There is faith-stretching pressure that is constantly being applied. We already have 6 kids. It would be so easy to just say, “Nah, I don’t think this is for us…” But, how can I say that with the knowledge that there are children out there in need? Someone out there needs us.