We said, "Yes"...now what? We needed to figure out international or domestic. Although each avenue is important and needed, we were leaning towards international. Then comes, what agency and country? We did some research and through that we had it narrowed down to China and Ethiopia. We met the qualifications for each. However, even with these two as our options, many of the agencies we looked into were not taking applications for Ethiopia. So, that pretty much leaves us with China! The agency we decided to use is CCAI (Chinese Children Adoption International) , and I can't say enough wonderful things about them so far!
Through this process I would look at the "waiting children" list of kids in China, I new in my heart this is where God wanted us to adopt from. It broke my heart knowing that many of them were abandon because of their special need or minor corrective need. We also came to realize that a majority of China's population are atheists. So if a child was never adopted, they would be put on the streets at 14 and most likely never hear about Jesus Christ. This solidified our decision even more. This is a verse that keeps making its way back to us:
"The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
The orphans of the world are overlooked and ignored. I am sure almost all of them to some degree don't feel cherished, valued or loved. I would like them all to be able to feel and experience these things, but I can't physically do that...I can however, start with one. So down this journey we go....China...he/she may not look like us, but he/she will be apart of us to the core!