I remember the first time I set foot in Haiti. I stepped off the airplane and was immediately told to get on a shuttle. I tried to politely explain to the driver that I was waiting on the rest of my group (including my wife) to get off the plane. He didn’t care. I didn’t know what he was saying to me, but I knew I’d better get on the shuttle. I didn’t know where I was or where I was going or if I’d ever see the rest of my group again or why it felt like it was 1000 degrees outside. I was not in my comfort zone. But I’m pretty sure that’s right where God wanted me.
Wait . . . I’ve Been Here Before
I eventually met up with the rest of our mission team, and we continued the uncomfortable journey to our destination. As we sat on the porch that evening, listening to the founder of Haitian Christian Mission tell his incredible story, I began to look around, thinking: I’ve seen this man before. I’ve seen this porch before. I remember this. Then it hit me. I had a dream about that exact moment at some point in my life. Now, I was really out of my comfort zone. Things like this didn’t happen to me. Was it real? What did it mean? Why was I crying?!?! Looking back on it now, I know it was just the beginning of what God was preparing to do with me in Haiti.
My wife grew up with two adopted siblings and knew from an early age that adoption was something she wanted to pursue one day. I was well aware of her desire to adopt, and I was totally on board with it—“one day.” After four more trips and an ongoing involvement with Haiti, it became clear that God was calling us to adopt from this country that had captured our hearts. In fact, we never even considered adopting from anywhere else. As we did our research, we learned how difficult and expensive it was to adopt from there. It was scary to hear things like: The adoption process in Haiti takes about 4-5 years to complete. The total cost will be over $40,000. After you’re matched with a child, it will be 1-2 years until you can bring them home.
Honestly, it’s still scary. But we know this is what God has planned for us, and we are trusting that he will provide the faith, support, and endurance we need to carry out his will. The support from our family and friends has been amazing. Everyone has been thrilled for us to begin this journey, and it has sparked many great conversations about the gospel and why we would do something so uncomfortable.
Adoption Makes Sense when You Understand the Gospel.
We don’t drive fancy cars or live in a huge house, and we live life on a budget. On paper, we may not look like your typical candidates to adopt, but Ephesians 1:4-6 has really resonated with us and affirmed our decision. It says, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” It so clearly and beautifully shows that we too have been adopted as children of God through Christ’s sacrifice out of pure love. That’s something we could never repay, but we can show that same kind of love to a child through adoption.
It’s our prayer that through our adoption journey others will be inspired to join this orphan-care movement and choose to provide a loving family to one of the millions of orphans around the world no matter how uncomfortable it may seem.
-Dan Keeney (MH Attender)