We are Jeremy and Meredith. We have been happily married for 8 1/2 years now. This is our blog detailing our adoption journey.
We are both Christians but our journey to Christianity has been very different. Meredith grew up going to church in a Christian family. Jeremy became a born-again Christian his senior year in High School while dating Meredith. We both attend church regularly and feel that God has led us to international adoption.
For the past several years God has been planting seeds in our mind about adoption. We go to a very pro-adoption church and many of the members have either been adopted themselves or have adopted children either domestically or internationally. One of the first times Jeremy really considered international adoption was several years ago when an 18 year old young man was baptized at our church. His story was told about how he was adopted from Africa and was a child soldier in Africa. That was the first time that Jeremy had really considered international adoption.
Over the next several years God planted seed after seed in both of our hearts. Stories of adoption, sermons about adoption, and meeting people who shared their story of adoption followed over and over again. In the past several months, it seems that the frequency of these encounters has increased dramatically. Finally one day Meredith came to Jeremy and said she needed to talk about something. Meredith shared that she felt God wants us to adopt and Jeremy immediately agreed.
At that point we began researching all of the different options available. Domestic or International? Boy or Girl? Infant, Toddler, or Youth? 1, 2, or more? What country? What adoption agency? And many more questions flooded both of our heads. We sought wisdom and guidance from other families that have gone through the adoption process.
We were eventually lead to the country of Ethiopia. We felt that Ethiopia offered all of the things we were looking for. Some of the many benefits of adoption from Ethiopia were a short adoption time frame, infant children available, sibling groups available, reasonably affordable expenses, a country whose culture values children, and clean and well maintained orphanages, among many other benefits.
We hope that you will join us in our adoption journey. As a way to invite you into our journey, we would like to share with you the letter that we used to share the good news with our family. We went out to eat with them and gave each one a card and included in that card was the following letter:
James 1:27 says “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
It is estimated that there are 147 million orphans living in the world today. Of those approximately 45 million orphans live in Africa. There are approximately 5 million orphans living in Ethiopia alone. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world with the average family living on only $0.76 per day.
We have decided to make these numbers 1 less. We know that we cannot change the world by adopting one child, but for that one child their world will change.
God has laid the burden of orphans heavily on our hearts and we cannot ignore it any longer. We hope that you share our joy and excitement in this new adventure that God has planned for us. The journey is long and it has just begun.
With much love and excitement,
Jeremy & Meredith