I thought it would be helpful to be a little more specific. The following will be a bit more direct, (except for the rambling and run on sentences I’m bound to include.)
Who? Well, to recap… there’s me, Kyle; my wife, Jamie; my daughter, Lily; my son, Beau, and hopefully a couple more. As God was putting adoption on our hearts, from the beginning we have had the thought of two. We are hoping to adopt a sibling group. We don’t have any preference as far as gender.
Where? Some 9,000 miles away in Ethiopia. Somewhere.
What? Four + two = six Klevjer’s.
When? I wish I could say. I’ve been saying about a year from now. I’ve been saying that for a couple months already. For now we are officially family number 8 on the waiting list with the Adoption Ministry of YWAM, (Youth With A Mission, http://websitetacoma.com/wordpress/).
Why? Lot’s of reasons.
- Depending on your source, there are between 5 and 6 million orphans in Ethiopia. I read this statistic the other day when researching the approximate number of orphans in Ethiopia. It went something like this: Take the sum total of all the children, age 17 and younger living in New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, remove their parents and you get the number of children living as orphans in Ethiopia.
- God pulled that whole prank-thing on us making us think we might be pregnant, and opened a wide door in our hearts- previously shut tight- to adding children to our family. And we are eager to obey and follow His leading.
- We were adopted. The Bible paints a clear picture: we were enemies of God, rebels born of rebels, unloved and abandoned by our own kind. “And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born. And when I passed by you and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ I made you flourish like a plant of the field.” (Ezekiel 16:4-7)
Wrap up: It’s not so much that we believe that God has simply called us to adopt children from a foreign country. We believe God has, in His good sovereignty, been knitting together a family. Four of the members live in the United States, in the City of Destiny. Two more live somewhere in Ethiopia. We have not met them yet, but we love them. We pray for them daily. We pray they are safe, that they would know their Father in Heaven is good despite whatever hell they’ve lived through, and that He would bring us together very soon. We pray against corruption in the Ethiopian government that would try to capitalize on poverty, disease and death in their country by coercing families into wrongfully giving up their children, all to make a profit on adoption court costs and fees. We pray for our U.S. Embassy to have the wisdom to discern and expeditiously approve adoptions into our country, that children and their families waiting for approval, (sometimes as long as six months) could go home.