Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Linck Family ~ 31 Families of HOPE: Day 10


Meet the Linck Family!: John and Jennifer Linck & Jackson



Jennifer, what first tugged on your heart about the Fatherless?

We couldn’t have biological children. It was right after the earthquake in Haiti that I felt God tugging on my heart to adopt – we began our journey thinking we would adopt from Ethiopia, but God had a different plan. Through our process, God began to change my heart and make me passionate about orphans and adoption. I began working at the largest homeless shelter in Oklahoma City and that is where we met our birthmother. A young girl, who was living at the Mission, had been going to my coworker every day saying she needed to find a family for her baby. I was sure I would lose my job if we tried to adopt the baby, but God made it clear we were supposed to adopt. We welcomed Jackson into the world on Dec. 14, 2011.



Tell us one unique thing about your family/ministry.

I blog about adoption and orphan care at www.jenniferjacksonlinck.com I am currently working on a book about our story. For the past two years we have hosted a golf tournament to raise money for families who are adopting and have raised about $6,000. This year, I (Jennifer) got to speak at my parent’s church in Texas on Orphan Sunday to share our story. 



What was one challenge either before, during or after your child(ren) came home?

The cost of adoption was a huge challenge. We fundraised, despite many people who didn’t approve. I know that the cost of adoption, often keeps people from pursuing it. We are proof that God provides the money! He provided every penny for us!

When we brought Jackson home, we struggled with colic and acid reflux for the first 12 weeks. It was a very difficult time. No matter if you birth the baby, or adopt them, the first weeks are HARD! 


If you could tell a family that was considering adoption one bit of advice what would it be?

It’s worth every struggle! It’s worth all the sweat and tears! Don’t be afraid of the big price tag. Don’t be afraid of the unknowns. When we were called to adopt, I felt like God was whispering to me: “If you’ll just step out in faith and trust me, I promise to take you on the ride of a lifetime.”
He did! I would do it again, 1,000 times! The waiting is SO worth it! 



What verse was especially encouraging to you during your adoption journey?

1 Samuel 1:27 “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him.”
It’s painted on our son’s wall in his room! 



Share one blessing that has happened because you said YES and followed God on this journey.

God granted my heart’s biggest desire – to be a mom! We have been able to share our story and help other people in the adoption process. We get to bring awareness about adoption and orphan care.


If you could share one other thing that is meaningful to you on the topic of adoption/orphan care, what would it be?


Through Jackson’s adoption, we learned of the great need for families in the United States to be open to adopting biracial and African American children. Our son is biracial. We feel like God wants us to advocate for these children. We made the VERY difficult decision of leaving the Ethiopia program and we plan to adopt biracial and/or African American children domestically in the near future. 


Thank you, Linck Family, for sharing HOPE with us here at Reaching Hearts!  Be sure to check out their family blog for encouragement about adoption. 




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Be sure not to miss the rest of the "31 Families of HOPE" series:

Day 2 ~ Cole Family
Day 3 ~ Weber Family
Day 4~ Heim Family
Day 5 ~ Kacirek Family
Day 6 ~ DeBlecourt Family
Day 7 ~ Sharp Family
Day 8 ~ McClard Family
Day 9 ~ Solgos Family



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