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More than two years ago, we saw the face of a precious little boy named Steven. An organization was pleading for prayers for him because he had a life-threatening condition. We prayed for him and made a small donation to help towards his surgery expenses. Then a few months later, we felt like God was calling us to another adoption. Not long after we realized this, we received an email update about him because we had made that one, small donation. He was instantly back on our hearts.

We checked with our agency to see if he had a family.  At that time, because of his repeated and life-threatening illnesses, the orphanage would not start his paperwork and he was unable to be adopted. Our agency informed the orphanage there was a family wanting to give this boy a home/family and encouraged them to begin his paperwork.  Weeks later, we were told they were finally going to start!  Months later, after being told they had started, we found out they actually had not. This was devastating. We truly felt that he was our son so we couldn't quite understand why this was happening.  But we trusted God!  

After MUCH prayer, we felt Him prompt us to call our agency and open ourselves back up to being matched. The same day we called to tell them of our difficult decision, they received the file of another precious little boy. That boy is our son, Bo! We can not imagine life without him. God’s timing was perfect in closing the door to Steven (we just didn't realize it was a temporary close), and opening it up for Bo. We had NO IDEA we would have TWO sons in addition to our three girls.

In February 2016, exactly two years after the initial conversation of Steven began {and another precious prayer for Steven from our oldest daughter}, we contacted the agency (for closure) and (SURPRISE!) found out he had not been adopted and his paperwork was almost ready.  We followed our hearts despite our fears, and began the process again to be ready when his paperwork was finally prepared. Getting that call on April 28th, that the agency had his file in their hands, was surreal. His timing, His will, and His plans, are so much better than our own.  So here we are, years later, working hard to bring Steven home. Thank you for following our journey!

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." Proverbs 19:21

"On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.  Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness." Psalm 145:5-7

  1. We have recently found out our dossier is “out of translation” and in the “review/match” process. Once they issue our approval, LOA, we switch back to the US side of paperwork again. We are continuing to trust God as we move closer to traveling. Right now that is estimated to be as early as December if all goes well with the expedite requests! In His perfect timing!!!! <3

  2. We received wonderful news today! We have a LID of 9/29/16 and our agency's in-country liaison said they were putting our dossier on the "expedition track", granting our medical expedite request! Praise the LORD! While we still don't have any clue when we will travel (it depends if USCIS will agree to expedite next), we are thankful for this movement!

Stephanie Barfield

Praising they Lord for a miracle of adoption! Praying for your family!

With Love!

Giving God all the glory for this union! Praying for Steven and all of you as you wait in anticipation to bring him home! "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!" Ephesians 3:20-21

Mary Beth Batson

Ken Burkhart

Know I'm praying for you all during this process! James 1:27

Kristin Manna

Jennifer LaBahn

We are praying for Steven as he joins your family and praising God for what He has done! :)


Bonna Shook

J. M. Cope, Inc

Godspeed! We are praying for you! From Kat, Andrew, Drew, Evi, Penny, Noah and the J. M. Cope crew!

Chris & Jenny Provin

We love you York family and can't wait to meet Steven!

Kailee Bowen

So many blessings & prayers for your family. I can't wait to see God's story to continue to unfold!

Ed Paat

Love y'all dearly!!

Stephanie Barfield

Praying and praising!!!