So, he began thinking of new ways we could cut expenses. He mentioned that if we went forward with the adoption, we would have to let piano and dance lessons go for a while to pay for little guy’s medical needs. At the same time, he was concerned that if we adopted the little boy, the children might over time end up resenting adoption—since they would “lose out” on what they enjoyed.
We went out-of-state that week for Christmas, driving for two days to get to our destination. We kept praying and praying for clear direction.
The only answer Derek and I could think of was: we would live a life walking in complete obedience to the leading of the Savior without calculating the costs. For us, it meant saying “yes” to adopting an orphan—no matter how sick the child was and no matter how the finances looked.
The next day, Derek told me that God kept impressing on him through the night that we were to adopt the little boy as our own; we were only to trust the LORD to take care of all the details. So, we immediately wrote our agency and told them that we would like to make Qiu Lin our son.
We were so grateful for the additional time to work and to have the opportunity to adopt Daniel!
We purchased a van and prepared to leave for China.
God led us down a path that required complete dependence on Him, and as we walked in obedience to His leading, He repeatedly revealed more and more of His beautiful plan for Daniel and our family. We have been in awe, been filled with happy tears, and been in shock as we have watched His hand at work.
If we had walked away from His tender leading, we would have missed out on such AMAZING blessings, and we would have missed out on such a precious, loving boy.
To Him be the glory!
Found after abandonment
He is living and active!