Are You Called to Adopt Internationally?

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We’ve all seen them. The pictures that  grab your heart and won’t let go. The faces of children who long to be loved as they deserve. How many of us have been moved by these pictures enough to adopt one of these precious children? We can continue to post these pictures in the hope to inspire and bring awareness to the orphan epidemic, but what is the use of awareness if action is not taken? If you feel called to adopt internationally, we want you to seriously pray about beginning this journey.

We are going to be honest with you. International adoption is not for the weary-hearted. Adopting internationally is full of highs and lows and at times the process can seem daunting, but the reward of bringing your child home far outweighs any trial. God’s Word constantly presents how precious children are to the Lord, and that we are mandated to look after orphans.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being.”

-James 1:27

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“If only 7 percent of the 2 billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. If everybody would be willing to simply do something to care for one of these precious treasures, I think we would be amazed by just how much we could change the world.”

-Steven Curtis Chapman

To Learn more about our International Programs, click on the country of interest below:

Bulgaria
China
Latvia
Lithuania
Peru
Ukraine

 We are always available to discuss any questions you may have for the international adoption program. Call us today to begin your adoption journey.

229-228-6339 OR 1-800-868-6339

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His Love Knows No Bounds | From Latvia to the U.S.

We recently had the opportunity to interview the lovely Anda Maria Spencer. She’s a newlywed to Jeremiah Spencer, the worship leader for Encounter at FBC Thomasville. Anda was adopted at the age of fifteen, along with two of her younger brothers (Arvis & Jakeb), from Latvia by her adoptive family in Live Oak, Florida. We loved reading through Anda’s answers to these questions, as her love for Jesus Christ is undeniable.

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1. What is your name?
Anda Maria Spencer

2. Where were you born?
Latvia

3. When were you adopted and brought to the United States?
Our adoption process was finalized on August 8th, 2007.

4. What was your first reaction when you found out you were being adopted?
I did not want to come. I have always and will always love my birth country. But now I see how God had it all planned out.

5. How old were you when you were adopted?
I was 15.

6. Can you tell us a little about your childhood in Latvia?
Both of my parents were alcoholics. Therefore, I was placed in and out of family several times until I ended up at the orphanage where New Horizon’s for children interviewed my brothers and I and a family in Live Oak, FL adopted us.

7. Can you tell us a little about how God has used your adoption to positively impact you?Without adoption I really don’t see myself realizing and truly believing in Jesus’ sacrifice for my sins. I am not trying to limit God in saying that HE could have not saved me in Latvia, but I truly believe that His plan for me was to come and live in U.S.A., grow closer to Him and then share His love with others around the world. I have been able to do that through many mission trips I have participated in.

8. Tell us a little bit about yourself now. (Career, activities, family, etc.)
I know that God wanted me here in US because now I am able to show love towards many children in Latvia. Last year I started a camp for underprovided children. Children from poor families whose parents cannot afford to send them to a camp. This camp is free for all the children. Generous American donors give all the money for the camp’s expenses.

9. What do you hope your adoption story shows people?
When given a second chance, it has to be taken. Don’t waste your chances and then blame the past on your current failures. First of all, believe, truly believe that God can take care of everything and then run after your dreams. Don’t stay in your comfort zone for too long. It was not comfortable learning a new language, getting new friends, learning to love a new family, going to school, or anything else that was new to me. It was all very scary, but I believe it was all what God wanted me to do.

 

 

Anda, Arvis, & Jakeb 2014

 

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Family 🙂

 

 Want to share your Open Door adoption story with us? Email anna@opendooradoption.org

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being.”

James 1:27

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Agency News

Hello everyone; we hope this Friday finds you well, and ready for a great weekend. We are staying busy here at the agency with placements and dossiers and mail and paperwork, lots and lots of paperwork. However, in the midst of all the papers, it is such a blessing to hear stories of families bringing their children home. The miracle of adoption is for every day, and what greater picture of the love Jesus has for us than adoption.

Domestic News

We are currently seeking childless couples to apply for our Caucasian, Bi-Racial and Hispanic adoption programs. This does not mean we do not welcome families with children to other programs, but right now we are seeking childless couples for these programs only. Call 229-228-6339 for more information.

International News
We have just been informed by Latvia that their ministry has made a new rule that they must receive information from hosting families who want to adopt their host child/children no later than one month after the hosting program ends. If we don’t inform the ministry within this one month time frame, these children will be available to other families and countries to be adopted. Families should contact Cathy Sawyer if they are interested in adopting their host child/children so that she can inform Latvia on their behalf. She can be reached at 404-667-0694 or cathy@opendooradoption.org.

Have  a great weekend and cherish your family, today and always.