I believe the Bible speaks clearly about loving and taking care of the orphans and widows. The question comes to me: "What can I do?" We must do what we can to help these precious children of God.
We are Clayton and Connie Johnson from Oklahoma. We each came to faith in Christ later in life, Clayton at age 40 and Connie at age 36. We praise Him for His patience, grace and mercy in our lives. As a couple, we surrendered to missions soon after accepting Christ, but we had no idea that would mean six trips to China…and back. We have ten children and are presently in the process of adopting our eleventh. Kuyler is 24 and a graduate from University of Oklahoma; Kolton is 17; Kooper is 16 and came home from China in November 2009; Kenzie is 15; Kayden is 9 and came home from China in September 2004; Kambry is 6 and came home from China in April 2007; Kaeleb is 6 and came home from China in April 2008; Kinley is 5 and came home from China in November 2009; Kennah is 4 and came home from China in June 2010; Kasidi is 2 and came home from China in June 2010...and Khloie is 2 and will come home in Spring 2013.
Last summer, during the transition of our two newest Treasures, we once again sought the Lord as to our role in caring for the orphan. We wondered if we were to sponsor children, form short-term missions trips, fundraise for adoptive families or advocate more heavily for children. It became clear that God’s plan was to once again add to our family through the miracle of adoption. It seemed c.r.a.z.y.! Our finances had taken a direct hit from the medical needs of our newest Treasures, as well as the need to stay home with our new teen and help him adapt to family. We have never had the funds set aside to adopt, but God is so faithful to provide and equip. So, with no savings and reduced income, we once again stepped out in obedience, knowing God would bring His plans to fruition. We began fundraising the day we submitted our LOI for our precious Khloie, and to date God has provided every dollar we’ve needed as we’ve needed, and our dossier is now in China!
We have been blogging for a while with the hope of encouraging families who feel less than qualified to adopt, families who are burdened for older children and children with medical special needs outside their comfort zone. There are so many promises in the Scriptures which encourage us, but one we cling to is from 2 Corinthians 12:9, …”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”… , reminding us that God does not expect us to come to Him perfectly equipped for His purposes, only perfectly willing. Please feel free to visit our blog, One More Ladybug.