Sunday, June 28, 2009

Are the Weinbergs Adopting?

First off, that is totally up to God at this moment.

The statement "Timing is Everything", and "In the right place at the right time" and "The third time is the charm", are all things we have heard so many times in our lives.

Our family wants to be doing exactly what God has for us, but often that is very difficult to discern what "Exactly" is. With that in mind and James 1:27 in my mind we want to announce that we have started the adoption process of a 13 year old, special needs, young man from China. The adoption agency calls him "Vince" but we can call him whatever we like. We are praying that God would make it abundantly clear to us, by opening and closing doors along the way. Please pray along with us to those ends. We are going to move forward as long as God allows us to do so and try to be faithful to what He wants us to do, and just leave the rest up to Him; we are going forward until He stops us.

This is uncharted territory for us, but not for God, or for Vince. There have been 2 other families that have tried to adopt Vince, but for various reasons it has not been allowed to go through. God is BIG and maybe that reason is that the Weinbergs are supposed to have another son to love.

So, here is what we need you to pray for;

That God would make abundantly clear to us His will for "Vince" and for the Weinbergs, by opening doors wide and closing doors tight, so that we don't get the wrong idea. At this moment in time I can't, humanly, see anything that are any "no's" but we want to be sensitive to His leading.

That God would work out all the details in this process, as "Vince" needs to be out of China by Jan. 24th, his 14th BD, or he can not ever be adopted in country or out-of-country. There is a lot to get done in this amount of time and our family already has much to do, so this will be tight.

That God would provide the funds to do this, as many people have 2-3 years to set aside dollars to make this happen and this will need to be funded by the end of this year. God is BIG and if He wants it to happen He has it covered.

That God would already be working in "Vince's" heart and drawing him to Himself. The biggest change in any of our lives comes when Christ comes in and makes us new creatures, so pray that God would work in Vince's heart even now.

As I said before, this is new ground for us, and change is always difficult, but God is faithful and if this is His will He will take care of every last detail. Our God is a very personal God who cares for His children.

Lastly, I stated in a previous post that an acquaintance has 4 children, "not their own". Being a rookie in the adoption world, this is not the right terminology and was not intended to take away from the fact that as an adopted child of the King, we are His own and when the adoption process is complete these children are truly "our own". Thanks for the heads-up Kim, as I want to be sensitive to these kinds of things; sometimes I need those kinds of helpful encouragements to keep me on the right track.

God is good and we need to praise Him rightly.


Ryan Hall said...

Who knows what God has in store for you and your family, but I am excited to pray about this for your family. God is BIG and regardless of how this turns out I know He will continue to be BIG in your heart and work out His details for you and yours.

I love Proverbs 16:9. It tells us, "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps."

Keep your faith in Him. He is working and how exciting it is to know that He is faithful to work, guide and lead your heart towards Christlikeness! If He brings Vince into your life it is because God will use Vince to continue to conform you and your family into Christ's image!

It is awesome to know that anything that God allows in our life is for our good (Romans 8:28).

Thanks for sharing, Chuck. I am praying for you!

~Kim (and family) said...

Chuck, I am so incredibly happy for you and your family! (my eyes are teary) God WILL open the doors needed if this is in His will and close them if it isn't. Praise Him for His sovereign hand that you can rest in that!

I was actually at one of our first homestudy meetings once with our social worker and I slipped and said "My own" children when referring to our biological kids. I quickly corrected myself and felt so bad. But she was very kind about it. You will get used to the lingo :) There actually is a list we got from our social worker once on better choices of language to use when referring to things. It was a big eye opener for me. You will probably get one of those too.

I am so excited for all God is going to teach you this next year and reveal to you in this process. I always say it was the hardest thing I have ever done, yet the most rewarding. In fact, we want to do it again someday, Lord willing. :)

~Kim (and family) said...

Here is the link I was referring to:

~Kim (and family) said...

For some reason it didn't work. I will post it on my blog and you can read it there.