Inside America World: Thoughts from Mike Stone
In 2003, we finalized our adoption from China through America World Adoption. This was just before I began working for this great organization. You might think that after years of working with adoptive families that we might forget the difficulties in the adoption process. The paperwork. The financial hurdles. The wait…oh, the wait. You would be mistaken though.
For those of you still waiting to complete your adoption, know that there is a side of the process that you will one day see. Something you cannot see now, but certainly will. Unfortunately, it only happens once you hold your child for the first time and you begin to see just a bit of the 'behind-the-scenes' in the process that God had planned. It is easy for me to empathize with waiting families because I am reminded every day of families who want nothing more than to bring your child(ren) home. We certainly remember that.
(2003 referral photo & 2014)
Today marks a special day for my family. My wife posted the following on her Facebook page this morning:
“March 13, 2003 . . . . a day that will always be close to my heart. Thirteen years ago today Maylia was taken to an orphanage after being found at the emergency room entrance of a hospital. She was left with nothing but the clothes she was wearing. Three months old and left all alone. But just like God . . . He had a plan. That day set into motion a plan like no other for our family. She is now a Stone and has very little to no time being alone! :) I love God's plans!”
We are reminded every day that God's plans are always perfect–even when we would usually prefer a different way or different timing. I'm not sure what we were doing on March 13, 2003, but I am certain we were tired of waiting. Little did we know how important that day was. For those of you who wait, know that God is moving His plan for your life forward–even right at this moment. One day you will see, and we pray with you that it will be soon.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
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