When you adopt you are agreeing to engage in the suffering of another human being. You are redeeming someone from their former life. However, Christ, has given us the ultimate redemption. Earthly adoption is a perfect example of heavenly adoption. Let's be Jesus to "the least of these."
Our names are Curt & Erika. Together we have 2 girls and 2 boys (Kate, Luke, Micah, and Maddie) ranging from age 8 to 1. We adopted our oldest daughter from Guatemala when she was 6 months old, then we had 2 biological boys, and a little over a year ago we adopted our baby girl domestically. Adoption is a sacrifice, but one that was well worth it for us.
The family you see here today did not come easy! We were emotionally bruised and beaten by several years of infertility before we finally made the decision to adopt. And, when we did decide, it was like a breath of fresh air. We adopted Matthew from Guatemala in 2004 and what joyous time that was for us. In 2009 we signed up for Domestic adoption and Cameron came along. Cameron's placement with us was fast and all of our paperwork was still valid, so the spring following Cameron's birth we started to think about possibly going active in the agency again. Before we were even activated, the agency called us with Hayley who had already been born and was waiting at the hospital for her forever family. We brought Hayley home just 10 1/2 months after Cameron! Needless to say, the next few years were a good kind of chaos. In June of 2012 we got the best surprise of our lives. Our adoption agency called with a baby girl they were trying to place and thought that we might take her. We were not in a position to adopt again, but also felt that this situation was a gift from God. We took a huge leap of faith and by the grace of God it all worked out and we were overjoyed to add Sophia to our family. Each of our children is a blessing to us and we count ourselves privileged to be called their Mommy & Daddy.
Our adoption journey - Because Mark grew up in a family with four adopted siblings and has a heart for adoption, we have always been involved in some way or another. After we were married and had started our own family we sensed God leading us to check into adoption as a way to complete our family. We have 4 children, one of whom is adopted. We adopted domestically through an agency in Utah and are blessed to have a good relationship with our daughter’s birth mother as part of an open adoption. We feel that adoption is a beautiful picture of how we are accepted into the family of God. We are excited to be a part of making adoption possible.
We’re Brent and Dawn and have been married for 7 years and have 2 children, Lily and Luke. We haven’t adopted, but are passionate about orphan care, and being a part of Pure Gift of God has already given us lots of learning opportunities. Some of the ways we've been able to participate in orphan care are organizing yearly mission conferences for the community to raise awareness and being a part of 61 Surplus with a goal to provide funds for the care of orphans. We’re excited to be a part of this organization, and can’t wait to see all that God has planned for it!