Okay...so when we first started the adoption process, there were two really great adoption agencies that I wanted to go with....America World or Gladney. Although both are awesome adoption agencies, I really felt my heart tugging towards America World for our family. The problem: doubt and thoughts of rejection started creeping into my mind. I mean America World had sent us this amazing package of information and inside the package was a dvd sharing the story of a few families who had used America World, their thoughts, fears, and the joy of adopting internationally. Along with their story was another chapter featuring the Chapman family and their heart for adoption. I'm sitting in my office watching this dvd....crying and thinking...OH.MY.GOODNESS!!! Steven Curtis Chapman!!!!!!!! THE CHAPMAN FAMILY supports this agency enough to allow them to put their story on a dvd?!!!
Of course, the enemy started working overtime with this fear of the unknown....popping ideas in my head about how we wouldn't qualify for this agency. The fear of rejection really is a beast. I mean we didn't have any irregular things in our history but boy did I conjure up some thoughts about why they wouldn't accept us. And then to be as transparent as I possibly can, throughout the dvd, I didn't see any African-Americans who were adopting internationally nor did I know any at the time. At the time of my fear battle, I knew of plenty who had perhaps adopted domestically or were foster parents, which are fantastic options, but I knew no African-Americans, who had gone through the process of international adoption. I kept looking at the awesome packet of info, on the website for the agency and thought....me and Tony, seriously??? How are we going to explain this to our family? I was blessed to have scoured the internet and found a few African-American couples, including one in my area. I was still fearful but I felt God nudging me in the direction of applying for America World. Okay, God.....high dive...here we go....in spite of my own fears of rejection. So after going through the intensive application process, imagine my squeals when we found out that we were accepted into the Ethiopia program of our dream agency - America World!!!! ...and the rest is history. We have LOVED America World, their amazing staff, and know that we made the best choice for our family.
So by now to bring this whole thing full circle....you know the regard (from above) that I have for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family, right? Well just imagine my excitement when last week as we are coming to a close in our fundraising, a really good friend of mine, Kimberly, invited me to attend a Steven Curtis Chapman concert with her and friend, Claire. But get this.....we'd have backstage passes too!!!! Shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heaven.
BTW: We were also blessed to participate in an AMAZING day of worship with Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, Kutless, Jonny Diaz, and Sidewalk Prophets! WOWZER!!!!!!!
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