– Adopting Khrystyna and Amina

by Lisa Thompson

 

The Sunday after we applied to host a child, the Sunday School class that we visited studied James 1:27.

“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.”

It certainly gave me something to think about.  In August 2006, Khrystyna came to Fort Wayne as part of a program that brings orphans to America for a vacation, with the hopes of connecting them to a “forever family.”  She spent 3 weeks in our home and by the time she left, we knew that God was calling us to pursue adopting her.

Our next 6 months were spent fulfilling the necessary documents to adopt in Ukraine and trying to come up with the money necessary to adopt.  We were so blessed to have family and friends who participated in our adoption process both prayerfully and financially.  During the process, we prayed that God would make His will clear to us.  We prayed about the possibility of adopting a second child and, through some amazing circumstances, we felt God leading us in that direction.  Unfortunately, we were looking to adopt a 5 to 7 year old girl and the orphanage did not have any who were available for adoption.  I felt like God was closing the door on a sibling for Khrystyna, but God had other plans.

When we arrived at the orphanage in May 2007, the orphanage director informed us that she had the perfect sister for Khrystyna – an 11 year old named Amina.  We were a little hesitant to adopt a child who would soon turn 12 and with whom we hadn’t spent extensive time, but during the time we spent with her over the next few days, we really felt like she was supposed to be part of our family.  Even now, we are amazed at how God in His sovereignty matched us with the perfect children for our family.  We have our struggles just like every other family, but the evidence of God’s grace is so apparent in the midst of our struggles.

There are many ways to be involved in caring for orphans besides adopting.  If God has blessed you financially, consider helping a family who wants to adopt but lacks the resources.  We would not have been able to adopt our girls if not for people who partnered with us in this way.  If you have construction skills, consider a missions trip to an orphanage to raise the quality of living conditions.  Although people often comment on how blessed our kids are to have been adopted, we have been more blessed to have them entrusted to us.  What a privilege it is to parent our dear girls.

The Thompson’s participated in Advocate for Orphans 2006 Program.

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