Hand Adoption Fund
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Have you heard our adoption testimony?
Adoption has been on my (Hayley) heart since I was a child. Somehow, I can only attribute it to God, I remember standing in my Grandma’s basement, looking at her pink carpet and knowing deep down I would adopt someday. I had to be in elementary school at the time, yet I am remembering this vividly after all these years.
After more than five years in the United States Marine Corps, Chase is now Honorably Discharged and we lead a civilian life. We have moved back to the Midwest where we have become members of the North Manchester First Brethren Church. Adoption is supported in our church and there are several families with both internationally and domestically adopted children. As our faith deepened, so did my desire to adopt.
Chase has never been against us adopting, but he really was not excited about it, either. He told me that if God was telling me it was time for us to adopt, that we should. While I was thankful that Chase was willing to adopt, I could also see that adoption was not something that was on his heart. In all honesty, I wanted him to be excited about adopting and I did not want to be the wife who pushed her husband into the journey. So, our family committed to praying about the decision and praying that God would open the doors in ways only He can, and He has.
In March of this year, we were sitting in church and listening to the first sermon during our pastor’s sabbatical by a guest pastor. He was speaking on Psalm 27 and how it related to his life. We walked out of church that day, and Chase was on fire to adopt. He said he felt that God was telling him that now was the time. That day, while the kids took a nap, we went through the different countries and programs, trying to find what was the best fit for us. We simply felt drawn to China.
At this time, we did not meet income requirements through USCIS, let alone China. However, God answered another prayer. Chase earned a raise, I received some commission and God opened the door for us to adopt internationally. Through the years, I see how God has provided stepping stones for this venture, through the people we have met, their stories, and the churches we have been involved in. God has provided every step of the way.
I have a motto throughout our adoption. My goal is to glorify God during every part of this process. We have only been on this journey for a few months, but we have seen numerous ways that God has answered prayers. We want to share our story to praise God for this opportunity.