As you know, we have been praying that the Lord would guide us and show us whether another adoption would be right for our family at this time. There have been some struggles in considering this call as our flesh reminds us of all the things we could worry about. 🙂 But, all those things are out of our control. We just think we can control them!
We were praying and asking the Lord to give us an answer about a particular boy. (I will post a photo when I know it is okay.) He is now four years old, he will be five in October. He is described as happy and active by the agency representative we are working with who was just there visiting. She brought back video that I was able to watch yesterday and it confirmed in my heart that this is the child the Lord has for us. Kevin was already sure – isn’t that interesting!?
So, in my strength and wisdom I say, “Now wait a minute! Can I really do that?” But, it does seem as though the Lord has put this boy on our hearts. God does not promise us an easy road. He only promises to walk that road with us – leading and preparing the way. God calls all His children to be His disciples. That means letting go of earthly things that I hold dear and being willing to obey and follow Jesus wherever He leads.
Please be in prayer for Sangeet and for us. We want God’s best for this little boy. He lives in New Delhi at Missionaries of Charity orphanage. He does have a medical special need which is the reason that India will let us adopt him as we already have two children from their country. It is not serious, but will probably require some surgery.
You may have known that our first concern about an adoption was how to pay for it. The Lord is starting us out in that regard. We can use money that we saved from our tax refund that was to go for closing costs to refinance and pay property taxes – to start the process. We found out a few weeks ago that we are eligible for a new government loan program and not only can we get a great interest rate, we can roll our closing costs back into the loan – something we found out was now allowable with this program. So, it seems that the Lord is opening a door that we are going to walk through. With that money and a gift we have received we have enough to pay the agency fees. Isn’t that amazing how God is already providing?!!
We will have money to raise to pay for some other expenses and travel. We will also be working hard on paperwork this summer – which is a perfect time to be preoccupied with that since school will be minimal and I will have more time.
The girls are very excited to have a new brother. They want to help us pay for it and have offered us all the money in their piggy banks! Isn’t that sweet? They know what it feels like to long for a family and they know the joy of being a part of one.
We would appreciate it if, when you think of the crazy Schneider family, that you would pray for us to be led by the Holy Spirit and not our own thoughts and fears. He knows what He wants to accomplish in and through our lives and He will do it perfectly. Please also pray for the safety and care of Sangeet. By the way, I have tried to find out how to pronounce his name and from what I have found online it is Sung – geet. It is a Sanskrit word with a musical meaning.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Jesus