I recently posted this as part of an update on our website, and thought it would be worth copying here for those of you who would like to know and are eager to pray.
Cindi and I are currently beginning the process of looking into adoptions out of Rwanda. If you saw “Hotel Rwanda” and if you watched it thoughtfully (I don’t know how you could watch it any other way), you would easily deduce that there are loads of orphans there (as in the rest of Africa, although not always from genocide). Some people that the Lord has sovereignly placed in our lives have highlighted Rwanda for us, and we have always wanted to adopt, so we’re looking into it seriously. Although we haven’t yet decided on when we’ll try to start our own biological family, I’ve never thought that we had to have “our own” kids or even try before pursuing adoption. Maybe I’ll think otherwise after getting counsel from others, but I don’t think so right now. Also, up until now, I had always postponed pursuing adoption because I’m not 25 yet, and as far as I know, 25 is a fairly standard minimum age for adopting. But I’ll turn 25 in 6 months, Lord-willing, and it also doesn’t look like Rwanda has a minimum age from the little bit that I’ve read so far (maybe the U.S. does, but we’ll see).
If at all possible, we would love for our family to reflect the every-tribe-tongue-people-nation diversity of God’s family (Revelation 5:9). His family is colorful and it is lovely, in ways that cannot be numbered. Also, God is the Father of the fatherless, and reflecting His image is our mission in this world. We have been adopted, and we want to adopt. This is one way of exercising pure and undefiled religion (James 1:27). The compassion of Christ that lives in our hearts through the Holy Spirit compels us to take these steps, and to see where God leads. Please pray for us regarding this, and for orphans around the world.