This week we are participating in an outreach with our church, but I just had to take a few minutes and share this story of God faithfully encouraging us and providing for us. We are so grateful!
Many people have asked us questions concerning how much contact we are able to have with our Lucy Joy, what we know about her life right now, and if she knows we are coming. These are all great questions, and often people look very surprised when we answer, “We don’t know.”
I have been combing the internet for information about Chinese adoption, travel in China, Baoji City, Guangzhou… Jason has detailed knowledge of these places from studying google maps. Recently when we received new pictures of Lucy as part of an update from her orphanage, even though he has never been to China, Jason recognized the park she was in!
Sometimes in a Facebook group I am in or on a blog people will post pictures of their child along with other children who have not yet been adopted in hopes of advocating for them, helping them to find a family or perhaps find the family who is matched with one of the other children or who has perhaps adopted one of the other children. We have 6 photos of Lucy, that is less than one per year of her age and they are all probably taken in the last 2 years. How many pictures do you think you might have of your 8 year old? I could probably not even count how many pictures we have of each of our other children by the time they were eight! As we have traveled this path to bringing our daughter home, each and every little bit of information and each and every picture has been a gift, a treasure to us and something that we can use to help tell her story with her, give her a history.
Last week, someone posted in the Facebook group I am part of that they had been to Lucy’s orphanage in March and would be returning in October. She invited people to message her if they would like to know if she had met their child. I decided to try, it was possible… I messaged Kelly, included a picture of Lucy Joy, and her reply was,
“Yes!!!! I met her!!!”
She kindly offered to speak with me on the phone and then graciously spent over an hour of her time speaking with me. Imagine, out of 300 children at the orphanage, she had met and spent time with our daughter! She was able to share with us that the orphanage has received word that we are coming and that Lucy knows she has a family. God is so good, thank you, Lord! Not only did we get to know more about our daughter, but she also shared valuable information about that will help us navigate our time in China.
We hope to be in China in October, but if we cannot be, perhaps our Sparrow will be able to participate in this amazing project called Their Vision is Valuable. Please take a look, they are in need of sponsors to make this happen!
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.