You're a part of our village, and we're asking for help.
The short version is: We're adopting!
Here's the story of how we got here: As some of you know, we waited 8 years into marriage before deciding to have kids. All that time God was changing and growing us together into just the right place to become parents. It's been His greatest gift. As we parent our kids, we feel like the real us, the ones we were always meant to be. It has been the greatest honor to watch our children look around the world in wonder, and be the ones who get to look back into those eyes, gather them into our arms, and shepherd their hearts.
Our enthusiasm for parenting has extended to hosting other kids and families in our home, rounding up the neighbor kids for play and book clubs, and last summer hosting three boys from Rwanda for a week. These three boys blew our hearts wide open and focused our eyes and hearts on Jesus' calling to care for the orphan. As we began considering this call more deeply we became convinced God was asking us to adopt. We became increasingly aware of the space in our hearts and our home for another child.
This experience has been a mix of excitement and fear thus far, and we've experienced desparate dependence upon the Lord in new ways. It's been a challenge not to rely on ourselves at times, and it's been humbling to ask for help. Each time we've asked, someone from our village has joyfully extended what we need. Now we're asking you to help us by considersing financially supporting us in the adoption process. We also want to ask you to pray for our family, our adoptive child, and the expectant mother who is making a loving decision to place her child with us.
Thank you for reading this letter to know us and be aware of the path we're walking. Thanks for considering supporting us and for praying for us. Thank you as well for those of you who have sent us a quick note to tell us you're thinking of us. Be blessed!
The Engelman Family
May God grant you everything you need