If this post a few months back was the one I waited 7 years to write, well, today’s post is right there with it. News I’ve dreamed of being able to share one day. Well, today’s the day to share with you.
Just a few weeks back, Adrian and I received a referral for a precious little girl, just under two years old. A child we believe we’ve been waiting and praying for for seven years. Yes, even before her birth, we prayed for the child we did not know.
It’s absolutely wild and strange and wonderful that after so many years of praying to adopt, of wondering who and where and when and how, we now have a face, a name. I cannot type a word of this post without weeping, just knowing how very long the Lord has been tilling and sowing our hearts for adoption and for this child.
Oh, friends, He is faithful.
Over the past few weeks, there has been joy, but I’ve already grieved so much too, for her losses, for her small life that has seen so much hurt. It is, as sweet Lindsy describes, the brokenness that must exist in order for redemption to take place. We cannot celebrate the joy without too mourning the losses that come with adoption. And I feel that deep in my heart most days.
But oh the ache to get her home. I cannot express it in words except to say that a piece of me is living across a big wide ocean and, at the moment, there is literally nothing I can do but pray. For Congo, the wait is longer on this side of the journey, anywhere from nine to 18 months from referral to travel. It about kills me to think about the wait ahead, not because I am impatient (though I am!), but because of what it means for our little one. Please pray for our sweet girl in the wait.
I know so many of you are praying already for our family. It really is the greatest gift you can give our daughter and our family. We covet those prayers. Specifically, we would love prayer for:
- God’s provision of every physical, emotional, and spiritual need for our daughter in the wait
- For freedom from illness and disease, and specifically for the availability of clean water for all the children at the orphanage
- For loving caretakers
- For miraculous favor and speed in the court and investigation process to get her home as quickly as possible
- For everyone’s hearts here at home while we wait, and especially for the little ones to be prepared for their new sister
As far as our fundraising, we have a big goal to meet by November 30th and would love your help! Our friend Jennifer is heading this up and she is looking for 1000 families to give just $5 each. Every family who gives will have their names written on a map of Africa that will one day hang in our home, a testament to the the love and efforts of so many to bring our girl home.
The map at the end of Day 8: 272 families down, 728 to go!
To follow our $5 fundraiser, check out the Mills Family Adoption Fund facebook page. You can also participate by donating $5 via PayPal directly to Jennifer at jennifertesta3ATgmail.com. If you’d like to be involved but would prefer to mail a check, please email Jennifer for her mailing address (or you can find it on the FB page too).
Thank you all so very much for your love and support. I’m quite weepy today just trying to grasp all God’s up to, all the people He’s lined up to play a part. He is good and faithful.
We give Him glory today,
Lauren + the whole fam