Ooi Adoption Fund
Hi There! We have teamed up with Gobena Coffee to raise funds for our Adoption. 50% of everything you purchase will go towards our adoption fund. Thanks for your support and enjoy the fresh roasted coffee! Also if you spend over $50, you get free shipping!
Have you heard our adoption testimony?
As a young girl, eleven to be precise, I knew I wanted to adopt from China someday. I wanted to “rescue” a child and let that child know how loved, valuable and wanted they were. By growing up in early 90’s the effects of the “one child policy” was often in the news. As a third child in my own family I couldn’t fathom parents having to give up another child because the already had one.
As I grew, my desire to adopt became stronger and I always felt it was God that had placed it so heavy on my heart. I had married my husband and had always shared with him my desire to adopt and he was very supportive. We had two natural born sons but my desire to adopt never lessened. We had planned a break in our birth children to allow for a gap to fill with our adopted child.
As my plan for our “gap” started to come to an end and we felt like we were still not in place to financially start our adoption process, I started to lose faith. I spoke with a friend of mine about God’s desire he placed in my heart and wondering why I was not anywhere near where I thought we’d be in our adoption journey. She suggested that I was praying for what I wanted and not for what God wanted for me. That night I changed my prayer from asking for us to be placed on a path to start our adoption to asking God to give me an opportunity to love His children and show them how valued they are.
On my drive home from work the next night, I heard a request for short-term missionaries to help work in two orphanages in China. My husband supported the decision for me to go and in the Spring of 2015 I answered God’s call and headed to China. While there I met a 12-year-old boy with no English name, the oldest of 19 kids in the home. I felt at peace when he was with me, like I’d always known him, and although he only spoke Chinese I hear his voice in English when I recall him. I took every opportunity I had to spend time with him and was asked to give him his English name, I named him Ezekiel. I spoke to my husband about Ezekiel and my overwhelming feeling that he was meant to be our son and my husband told me we would find a way to adopt him.
We have been working on our adoption of Ezekiel ever since. We had to do a lot of fundraising to even start the application process. We also had to move from the house we were in since our house at the time wouldn’t meet the requirements for the home study. We have two sons, almost 6 and 3, that are very excited to welcome their big brother home. Our immediate family members are local, half of which are Mandarin speakers, and are all very supportive our new addition to the family.
We have gone through this process so far by walking a journey of faith in God. Each time we have felt an obstacle burden our way God has placed a stepping stone on the path to keep us trekking. We don’t have the financial means to complete the process on our own and have placed our journey in God’s hands. We have seen the community come together to support us in ways I didn’t know people did anymore and know that God will continue to open doors for us.