Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Wallace Family ~ 31 Families of HOPE: Day 21


Meet the Wallace Family!: William & Lindsy, Trayon, Moses, Malachi, Meadow and waiting-to-come-home-Moses





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






We decided in per-marital counseling we would adopt but the decision at the time was based on logic (why have more kids when there are already kids that need parents?) and being freaked out about growing another human being inside my body. We were aware of the need but not God's heart for the fatherless. It wasn't until William went to Sudan in 2006 that God broke our hearts for orphans and began showing us His heart for them as well.


Tell us one unique thing about your family/ministry.






I think the most unique thing about our family with regards to adoption and orphan care is that God has totally taken over and re-directed our journey. We never intended or even considered becoming foster parents and now we are. We started our adoption journey almost four years ago in Ethiopia and are now adopting a little boy in the DRC who has the same name as our bio son. We could not have planned any of this on our own – we are just trying to be faithful and say “Yes” to what the Lord puts in front of us!


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






Our biggest challenge have been the times when things just didn't make sense and we couldn't see even the next step in our journey. Over the last four years we have often asked “God, what are you doing?!” because we just couldn't see it. It has been challenging and sanctifying to just take it one step at a time and trust Him to work even when we couldn't see it.


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






Orphan care is spiritual warfare and the place to begin is on your knees. Adoption is an eternal battle for the soul of a child who is unprotected and unspoken for and Satan is all over him/her. When you fight for a child that no one else is interceding for, you will be attacked and you need to be prepared. Root deep down into the One who created that precious child, loves him/her more than you ever could and wants to use you for their good and for His glory. It will be painful but the reward is eternal!


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






The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. - Zephaniah 3:17


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







Only one!?! The biggest blessing is knowing that we are in the center of His will for our lives. Even when it is hard, we can rest in that.

Thank you, Wallace Family, for sharing HOPE with us here at Reaching Hearts!  Be sure to check out their family blog to learn more about their journey of faith! 

And don't miss THIS POST - I didn't even realize Lindsy was the author of this post I shared on FB the other day.  :)





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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
Day 10 ~ Linck Family
Day 11 ~ McClelland Family
Day 12 ~ Peduzzi Family
Day 13 ~ Nalley Family
Day 14 ~ Stone Family
Day 15 ~ Pighetti Family
Day 16 ~ Pattie Family
Day 17 ~ Loux Family
Day 18 ~ Hampton Family
Day 19 ~ Lee Family
Day 20 ~ Hurd Family



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