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All We Need Is a Miracle

You’re not going to live to see the impossible without having to experience a few miracles. And that’s where I am–in the land of the impossible made possible and miracle following miracle.

The day has come that I can share some big news–no, it’s bigger than big. It’s gigantic, ginormous, and astronomically massive all rolled into one.

We have officially been matched with a child from Japan and we could go get him in the matter of a month! Our family is just beside ourselves with excitement. We found out this past Monday and now several emails back and forth, we’re ready to get this done.

This dream was planted in me when I was a senior in high school. I was in Japan on a missions trip and learned about the sad lives of so many orphans there. The culture was stacked against them and adoption by Japanese people was and mostly still is, considered taboo. I won’t get into all the reasons here, but my heart broke. When a couple that had a little boy who had been an orphan (he was right around two when I was there) became my best, inseparable bud for that week,  the Father planted a deep seed in me.

Even before we got married, I informed Andrea one day that we would some day adopt from Japan–if she would have said “no” it would have been a deal breaker for me. Fast forward about 13 years of marriage with this impossible dream dying and resurrecting so many times I can’t even count, and now we’re on the cusp of an amazing breakthrough miracle.

A picture of our little guy

This is the fun part. Because Japan is one of the most expensive countries to adopt from, we need to raise about $18,000 almost immediately (for fees and travel expenses). In as little as a month, we could be ready to fly over and bring him home which doesn’t leave us a lot of time to raise funds. We have applied for grants, but nothing is certain yet but they won’t equal all that we need anyway. Our strategy is to engage heaven and trust that He will touch people with His heart  not only for us, but for this orphan who has been waiting for a family.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Go over to Facebook and like our adoption page. This will keep you informed on news, photos, updates, videos, and more that we’re planning to keep up with.
  • Second, go and buy the ebook I finished called, What’s the Best that Could Happen? I took some things previously written as well as writing some completely new stuff. I’m so pleased with how it turned out and I know it’ll be a blessing to you. There are stories, devotions, and reflections all geared toward encouraging you to let your life make the impact God is after. It’s been a lot of work and a labor of love so I hope you’ll check it out. Every dollar goes to our adoption. If a hundred of you would buy it, we’d almost have one plane ticket. If a thousand buy it, we’ll be close to wrapping this up.
  • If you don’t want to read the ebook, no problem. There is a donation button in the sidebar where you can give any amount you like. Don’t underestimate the power of what you give–big or small, it will make a difference and we are incredibly grateful.
  • Lastly, if you have a blog or a Facebook page or any other way of communicating what we’re doing that you could spread the word, we would be so appreciative. If you have a blog and want to review my ebook, and we can talk about it.

This is such a huge undertaking and to all the family and friends who are supporting us in prayer and giving, we thank you so much. Our coming son thanks you too… in Japanese–Arigato.

If I didn’t know the God of the impossible, I would be fairly overwhelmed right now. He is the Father of the Fatherless and sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:5-6). He is more than able to meet all these needs. If you are moved to be part of this, we are humbled and honored that you would partner with us.

If you can’t give (and even if you can and do), we need your prayer. God’s set an amazing opportunity in front of us, and we need the faith and strength to run on through it.

What do you think? Are you ready for a miracle?

71 Comments

  1. Standing with you Jason. Believe and see what God can do.

    • Thank you, Dusty! So appreciate you. :)

  2. I’m so happy for you, Jason!
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    • Thanks Helen. We’re excited (and that is the understatement of the century!). :)

  3. Oh, Jason, I’m crying! This is wonderful!! Congratulations! Please know that prayers are continuing to go up for you and for your new little boy! :)

    • Aww, thanks Sarah. Really appreciate it!

  4. Okay jason. Discrimination will get you no where. :) I do not have a fb page. I do not a Nook, Kindle or any other e reader. So…if someone wants to send you money for your trip, can they send it to the church or to you? If so, please supply an address. Truly excited for you my friend.
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    • No discrimination intended! The book is in PDF format so you could read it on your computer and you can use a debit/credit card to get it. If you want to send it to the church, that’s no problem. It’s Breakthrough Church, PO Box 23183, Juneau, AK, 99802.

      Thanks Bill, you’re awesome (FB or not). :)

  5. Awesome news Jason! I’m so excited for you guys!!!
    I’m not in a place to be able to give financially right now, but know that I am praying for you and believing that you will receive MORE than you need!

    • Thanks so much, Jason. We know prayer got us here and it’ll see us through so we can’t thank you enough for uniting your faith with ours. Miracles are on the way!

  6. I love seeing the body of christ doing what we set us out to do!

    taking care of the orphend, widow, feeding the hungry and helping the poor…

    God bless You and your new Family Jason!
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    • God brings such a transformation to our hearts, bends our desires to His. And isn’t is great how there is always so much joy that comes out of trusting Him and participating in His will and purposes? Thanks so much, Arny.

  7. Jason, wow, what an incredible testimony!
    God has also planted the seed of adoption in my heart (I still need a fundamental pre-requisite, though: a husband), and every time I see a testimony like yours my heart leaps of joy.
    I wish I could help you more financially, but the little I can I will. And count on me to spread the word.
    I don’t have any doubt that God will provide.
    Congratulations on this decision, and may God bless your whole family!
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    • Cris, every part flows together for the whole miracle. We so appreciate your heart and giving. Hold on to that dream and I know God will make a way. Blessings to you! Thanks again.

  8. Praise God Jason! This is awesome news! I will definitely be praying for you guys.
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    • We are overjoyed! Thanks so much, Kevin.

  9. Jason, I’m adding this to my prayer list. When I get home (I’m presently at the library) I’ll look into the ebook and support. The Everlasting God of Waiting will surely see you through this.

    • Thank you so much, Anne. We know He’s faithful. Has been thus far and will continue. He cannot deny Himself!

  10. CONGRATS!!!

    I’m on board! Let me know if you want to put a link and a post on my blog. I’ll follow the prompts to support you and yours. God is working and I’m thrilled to be part of your miracle. It truly is a blessing to all of us.
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    • Thanks so much, Floyd. I can’t even express how grateful I am to you and all these supporting. You leave me no room for doubt that God is coming through with a mighty miracle. And anything you can do to spread the word would be appreciated. If you would like to run a guest post or just talk about it, any and everything is appreciated!

      • Just let me know when you want to run it. Also if you want to place and ad with your ebook on my site let me know.
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        • Thanks Floyd! I’ll let you know soon.

  11. God is trusting you with a little life and I know you will raise him to love the Lord. God bless you as He meets your every need.

    • Hazel, thank you so much. :)

  12. This is the heartbeat of God. What a selfless act to take in children like this. May God richly bless you and Andrea.

    • Michael, thank you so much! We receive those blessings (and feel so blessed already). So exciting to see this dream coming true.

  13. Woooo--congrats. So exciting.
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    • Thanks Matt!

  14. Sorry I couldnt give more. I dont know you, but saw your blog posted by a friend of mine at church. I too would love to adopt some day, not sure if we could do it financially…we will see. I was in Jamaica on a missions trip and LOVED visiting the orphanages. It really touched my heart. Best of luck with your adoption. I’ll be praying for you!

    • Ashley, that’s so sweet. That blessed me so much. And don’t give up on your dream. It may not be possible now, but God can do some surprising things. I know from experience. :) Thanks again.

      • I just wanted to share something real quick, Ashley. While our adoption is certainly unique because we are adopting from Japan and we are required to travel to meet our child, there are other nations that are much less expensive. You can even adopt through the foster care system here in the United States and that has very little cost associated with it. Whatever dream God give you, know that there are possibilities. I just wanted to share that to encourage you one day to reach for that dream! :)

  15. Jason, sorry I have been missing in action lately but I had to come over and say how proud I am of you and your family!
    What a beautiful expression of the Father’s heart! My prayers are with you guys….bless you!
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    • I’ve been pretty busy myself. :) Thanks so much, Jay. So appreciate your prayers!

  16. Wow! Such thrilling news. Our God is so awesome. I’m happy for you and I know your child will be so blessed being a part of your family--soon!

    • Thanks so much, Lisa. We are over the moon excited. :)

  17. Hi Jason,
    Glad to know a person like you, a person with a big heart for others who really needs help. Congrats for the new member of your family and don’t tired helping others. God Bless!
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    • Thanks so much Caroline. God bless you too!

  18. That was so amazing.. I am happy for you! That was really a great news..Congrats! Always keep your faith from God.. God bless..
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    • Thank you so much, Jazreel.

  19. We considered adoption at one point, but the cost was too terrific for us to let that thought blossom. God had other plans for us. I’m happy for you guys.
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    • Thanks Nikole. It’s definitely not for everyone, but we are seeking to be obedient. :)

  20. I hope you will continue to support and feed the less fortunate children… Thank you for sharing your blessings and please keep it up.

    • Thanks Martha!

  21. Congratulations! That is wonderful and i know this little boy will be as blessed as you

    • Thanks so much, Shanda! :)

  22. Gasp! This is fantastic news, Jason. I am thrilled for you, and praising God for how He is putting this all together for you (growing) family.

    • Thanks Jennifer! :)

  23. Reading your post make me see miracles on the move. I’ve seen a lot of miracle things that happen to some of my friend specially during the time when I was teaching some native on a distant mountain area. Miracles really o happen to those who believe.

    • Thanks so much.

  24. wow, you are such an amazing person with a big heart. good luck on your mission. :) two thumbs up for you. sending you my prayers.

    • Thank you, Ava.

  25. That is wonderful and i know this little boy will be as blessed as you..A big congrats for you..
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    • We appreciate that, Adrian. Thanks.