The Clelands are adopting again. We’ve identified a four-year old boy living in an orphanage in China with special needs and we’re about to start the process to adopt him. We begin on Monday when we travel to Atlanta to meet with our agency. Erika and I couldn’t be more excited and our children are thrilled.
This will be our fourth adoption. Every time we’ve done this God has used the experience to strengthen our faith and shape us in ways we never expected. Once again we need to be depending on Him every step of the way. There is nothing easy about it. But there is a boy in China who needs a family.
First of all we covet your prayers. Pray for our little boy as he sits in that orphanage. Pray that God will move workers in government offices to act quickly on the documents that we need. Pray for Erika and I as we endure what can often be an up and down process. And pray for our family as we look forward to bringing a 5 year old into our home for the first time.
Second, we cannot do this unless God once again opens His storehouses and provides the money we need to bring this little guy home. Last time, He provided EXACTLY what we needed right when we needed it. And we trust that He will do so again. After all, He’s the One who sets the lonely in families.
We’ll be using this blog to keep everyone updated throughout. For now, we have one specific need. We started the process anticipating that we would soon be receiving the amount of money we needed to get started. In God’s providence that money hasn’t arrived. But we know that He provides in many ways. Please join us in asking Him to provide before Monday.