Written by Jessica Nguy
When we began pursuing adoption in 2010, we never could have imagined all that we would go through to find the perfect child that God had intended for us since the beginning of time. We endured countless paperwork setbacks and grappled with life-changing issues such as which medical conditions to consider in the waiting children program. In every stage of the process, America World was there to support us, and through it all, God was there to guide us along a journey that resembled the Great Wall of China, full of its twists and turns and ups and downs. Does this sound familiar to your family?
Though there were difficult moments along our process, God was faithful and in September, 2012 we traveled with our 3-year-old daughter, Ellie, to meet our 2-year-old son, Anderson ("Andy"). Even when Ellie fell down the steps and broke her collar bone the evening before our morning flight to Beijing, I knew God would take care of us and give us all the strength and protection we needed. Shortly before departing, a woman from my church shared this encouragement: “God has not taken us this far just to leave us here on our own.” Daily, I hold fast to that truth as well as many other of God's promises, including, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9) Though there were difficult moments with our child in China as well as upon returning home, the promises of God are still our rock. I am so grateful that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
There are so many other families who have been through what you're going through. I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to connect with other families during the process. "Praise to... the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4) I hope that our story encourages you as you continue in your adoption journey.
Click here to view a photo slideshow created by the Nguy family documenting their trip to China.