Our adoption journey began with a burden on our hearts to consider growing our family through international adoption. After prayerfully considering this together, God unified our hearts in the spring of 2010. We were driven by the Biblical call to sacrificial as well as the picture of the gospel that adoption gives; God’s fatherly love and mercy through Jesus to lost and forgotten sinners. We spent some time discerning where God was calling us to adopt and eventually felt called to adopt from the country of Nicaragua. Our church is very focused on holistic ministry in Nicaragua, we are partnering with missionaries there, and we have both been on short-term trips and love the country and people.
Our Fostering Process
It is not an easy process to adopt from Nicaragua because they require a lengthy in-country stay. After two years of waiting, we received a referral to adopt two sisters, Katy (age 3) and Khloe (age 2) on January 22, 2013. Upon receiving the call, Michelle was asked to show up within a week to begin the process of what turned out to be an 18 week “in-country” stay. This process was extremely difficult but through it, we saw God’s hand of mercy and grace in extravagant ways. Our church and community rallied behind us and embraced this calling. While in Nicaragua, God provided an amazing community of friends through a local Nicaraguan church [the International Christian Fellowship or ICF]. They invited us for meals, let us borrow cars, gave us rides and even babysat kids for us when we needed a break. The Willards were instrumental in this care and it was a privilege to be a part of the beginning stages of their new ministry. They selflessly laid aside their time and resources to help us when we were in need of many things. God gave us daily encouragement as we clung to particular promises throughout the process. There were times we thought the process wouldn’t end, there were times of profound loneliness and fear, but the daily movement of his Spirit and the gift of a community of believers like the Willards in Nicaragua sustained us. We can truly say he worked and carried us in spite of us. Promises like Joshua 1:8-9, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. 2 Cor. 1:8-9, Mark 4:35-41, 1 Corinthians 15:58 are just a few of many! God gave us two beautiful and precious girls that are full of life and joy. We are humbled by his grace.
The girls are doing extremely well. Our three biological kids have embraced them and we are so thankful to have them as the newest members of the Gibson family. It has not been without challenges and adjustments but we feel so humbled by God to have given us such amazing gifts and called us to this privilege of caring for their souls. We are thankful for the Willards and our new community of friends in Nicaragua for shouldering the weight and for lightening our load while in country. They have helped us and encouraged us in this life changing journey!
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