Welcome to our Journey 2 Home, the Haines family adoption website.
Some of you may be asking: Why adopt another child? Don't you already have your hands full? Don't you already have some children with special needs? Why don't you let someone else adopt them? Aren't you too old to adopt? Is it fair to your other kids? Will you have enough time, energy and resources to care for another child? You may be asking these questions because we have also asked ourselves these same questions. And the answer we keep getting is to obey God's word. He tells us quite clearly in James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." We know of no better way to look after an orphan then to adopt one into our family.
Yes we are getting old, yes we have our hands full, yes we have other children with special needs but we also know that the older we get, the more we realize that we only get one chance to make a difference in the lives of a child , one chance to impact God's kingdom. Jesus' words in Luke 9:23 remind us that it is not about us but about Him. Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." We are human, frail, flawed and imperfect but we pray that God in His Sovereign Grace would use us to touch the life of one of the least of these and in the process we know from experience He will touch us too.
The statistics are staggering and the need overwhelming. We can't look the other way. We must act. We must love.
But children are children not statistics. Children who have an eternal soul, children have flesh, have emotions and experience joy and pain. Children who who were made in the image of God.
We are in the beginning stages of our adoption process and we have determined that we will most likely adopt a special needs infant or toddler from Asia. Special Needs according to Webster's dictionary is "the individual requirements (as for education) of a person with a disadvantaged background or a mental, emotional, or physical disability or a high risk of developing one" Children with special needs have a much more difficult time finding an adoptive family. We pray that God would show us which precious little one that he wants to join our family. We have looked into the eyes of some sweet children forgotten by the world, children that live in orphanages with no mom or dad to tuck them in bed at night, no siblings to wrestle with, no lap to cuddle on. Children who are blind, too old to be cute, deaf, delayed, missing limbs, unable to walk, unable to talk or who have a congenital diagnosis like Down Syndrome attached to their name. Children that God loves, children that only need a chance to be loved and cared for by a family.
The adoption process is not only time consuming, emotionally and physical draining but it is also expensive. But our God has no concerns about finances. As it says in Psalm 50: 10 " for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills." He who has called us will provide for our needs but if He leads you to donate you are welcome to donate through PayPal. We will need to raise about $33,000 to $35,000. A huge sum to be sure but not too big for God.
Please continue to pray for our family as we begin this process. Please pray for our son or daughter who is somewhere in the world tonight waiting, waiting, waiting for us to bring them home. Pray that they feel loved, safe, and comforted.
Please continue to stop back and visit our blog. We will do our best to keep you updated on the process.
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