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Life, Crazier

For Valentine’s Day, I had planned to get my wife some little things to show her some love, but when I saw this, I knew I had to get it for her.

It’s a tea set–made in Japan. Not only is it fun, colorful, and beautiful like my wife, it represents something else. It represents the step we’re taking as a family that has been a long time in the planning…

We’re now in the process of trying to adopt a child from Japan!

I went to Japan my senior year of high school and I had been praying for the nation since the 5th grade. It was eye-opening on many levels, but we stayed on a YWAM base where a couple had adopted several Japanese children and they told me that there is such a stigma surrounding adoption. The Japanese culture had no frame of reference for it. They thought the Western world was crazy for taking in “someone else’s kids” when to them, the bloodline meant everything.

In fact, many family members seemed to prefer to leave these kids in orphanages rather than allow them to be adopted because of the negative connotations.

Their little adopted son Nathan who was maybe a little over a year when I was there in 1997 became my buddy for the week. He wanted to be wherever I was and it was hard to say good-bye when it came time.

All of that had sealed it for me. So at 18 years old, I decided then and there that one day I would adopt from Japan. Thankfully my wife agreed (and we even talked about it before marriage).

Up until a few years ago this seemed impossible and I had all but let go of the idea, but in 2007 international adoption in Japan became open. The awesome thing is that God had given me a promise as we fought and believed for our adopted son and daughter that we were standing in the gap for children caught on the altar of culture.

That process finished in 2006 and Japan became open in 2007 (and no, I don’t believe it’s just complete coincidence). You can call me crazy, but God works in some crazy ways through some crazy people!

I’m excited to share with all of you how our lives are about to get fuller, richer, and yes, crazier. The home study writer will be here on Saturday, which also happens to be my birthday. There’s a lot of work to do, but thankfully, we have access to a lot of grace.

Have you ever felt God asking you to believe for something crazy?

34 Comments

  1. All the time man. But then I think about it and realize that when it happens He’ll get the glory.
    Michael recently posted..Art of ReciprocityMy Profile

    • That’s it! It’s why He chooses to use the foolish things of this world to shame the worldly wise. I don’t mind being one of His foolish things. :) Thanks Michael.

  2. WOW! You guys are the best…I am so proud of you and your wife being so courageous…I know the Father is as well!

    Me, yep trying to believe that God can use an ordinary 55 year old guy in small town, NY to change the landscape of people’s lives…to His glory!

    Bless you Bro’…I’m all choked up….

    • Jay, I believe you’ll do it! You have such a heart to serve and give. You are such a blessing.

      Thank you so much--blessings to you too. :)

  3. Wow man -- that awesome to hear how God opened the door for you and your wife to adopt from Japan! I’ll definitely be praying everything goes smoothly and that you two will impact your adopted child greatly!

    As far as believing God for something crazy -- my thought is, the crazier the better. If it’s something i could do on my own power, it really doesn’t require faith.
    Jason Vana recently posted..The Singles in Your LifeMy Profile

    • Thanks Jason. I’m with you on the crazy!

  4. Bro, this is so exciting! This especially resonates with me because I have such a heart for the Japanese. I lived there for 3 years growing up (dad was in the military).

    I definitely feel like I’ll be going back at some point to bring Jesus to the nation.

    Proud of you man and I’ll definitely keep you guys in prayer.
    Tony Alicea recently posted..Awaken The Dreamers- Cris KerrMy Profile

    • We are friends with some missionaries there who are turning it upside down over there! They are planting churches and Christian schools--really cool stuff! Didn’t know you had lived there. Awesome. Thanks Tony.

  5. This just makes me… wow.

    I love the direction that you have Jason. You’re a great person.

    But I have to ask. If you discussed adoption before even being married, what in the world did you talk about after getting married?

    Obviously, you had exhausted all your topics of discussion.

    I don’t mean to be rude in ANYWAY. I’m just amazed by the direction you had and oh… wow.

    • We talked about everything before marriage (all the major stuff, I mean). We wanted to know we were on the same page or could get on the same page. Just seemed like the right thing to do! Thanks DS. :)

  6. Praise God Jason! That is very exciting!
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..Put the big rocks in firstMy Profile

    • Thanks Kevin!

  7. Well what He asks of me seems crazy to me sometimes, but it makes perfect sense to Him.

    Praying for you guys as you delve into this blessing.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Love God but Hate PeopleMy Profile

    • Totally agree and as long as I trust Him, He’s ultimately responsible for the outcome so I don’t have to worry about it (Doesn’t mean I don’t still worry sometime, but you know…).

      Thanks Dusty. Definitely appreciate the prayer.

  8. Praying for you all -- that this new step will be covered in His blessings -- joy in the journey!
    HisFireFly recently posted..Shower revelationMy Profile

    • Amen! Thank you, Karin.

  9. How exciting for you and your wife Jason. Keep us posted as this story unfolds!
    Annie K recently posted..Like Grandma Used To MakeMy Profile

    • I’m sure you’ll all here more than you ultimately want to as it all happens. :) We are very excited! Thanks Annie.

  10. If I lived closer, I’d come right over and big rocking hug the whole family! Be blessed and prayers up for smooth sailing through the whole rest of the process. Thanks for letting me peek in Pastor.
    Robin Arnold recently posted..New Blogger template optionsMy Profile

    • :) Save it up, Robin--maybe we’ll get to meet one day! Thank you for your prayers.

  11. Congratulations! I am very happy for your whole family!
    Helen recently posted..Why I Dont Need An E-book to Help Me Buy a Car- Thanks!!!My Profile

    • Thanks so much, Helen. We’re ecstatic.

  12. Awesome, exciting news for you and your family, Jason! I will pray!
    Michelle DeRusha recently posted..The Gospel According to SeussMy Profile

    • Thanks Michelle!

  13. Jason, so awesome! What a great addition to your family! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this process! Very very cool!
    Bryan Thompson recently posted..What a Towel Salesman Can Teach You About PassionMy Profile

    • That would be great, Bryan! Thank you.

  14. I read posts like this jason and lament the fact that I am 58 and my wife is 60. That is not a good age to be parents. :) I applaud you both and think it is cool that you have open hearts. I pray they will never close. I also think it is cool to get her something from Japan. You da man!!
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..Steering a Parked CarMy Profile

    • I do what I can, Bill. :) Thanks so much.

  15. I’m so excited for you!! What an amazing thing God is doing in your life and the life of a child waiting for a family! And that gift…I would have cried. Nice job, Jason! :)
    Melissa Brotherton recently posted..Thoughts from the Pot- Potatugs- Shortman and Mr TMy Profile

    • Not going to lie, she did cry a little and I was glad. :) Thanks Melissa!

  16. So excited for you, Jason! We serve a wild and crazy God who expects the same from us sometimes. Oh, and that tea set? Pure awesome! Congratulations -- waiting for the first pictures.
    Candy recently posted..A Birthday- A Benefit- and a PieMy Profile

    • We’re in the very beginning stages, but we’ll keep you posted. :) Thanks Candy. We’re so excited!

  17. Very cool man. HOpe everything goes well!

    • Thank you, Jay. :)