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Over the years, God has turned the hearts of my wife and me to the forgotten children–whether it be through foster care, adoption of orphans, or supporting ministries that rescue those in sex slavery. We’ve both always had a heart for kids, but God, through encounter after encounter, has amplified it.

The past decade we’ve been privileged to be parents to 13 or more kids.

We endured a long, torturous road to foster-adoption of two amazing special needs kids–a story that could fill a book (and perhaps one day will). With the help of loving supporters (many of them through this blog), we were able to take a family of 5 to Japan for three weeks and adopt a precious little boy, watching God do miracles all the way. God made a way for my wife to now work in the area of recruiting foster parents and seeing these kids in need are cared for.

We started all this in our early twenties, and other than looking back and thinking not many newly married couples jump into foster care, I’ve never thought we were anything special. I’m amazed at the grace of God that continually got us through when we wanted to give up in the process. I’m thankful that He enabled us to trust that even in the darkest, most painful moments, He’s there and guiding.

Even in our imperfection, we get to participate in the nature of God by being a father to the fatherless and mother to the motherless. That’s why we do what we do, but then God comes and says, “I want to honor you too,” and you’re humbled to the core.

To say that I’m blown away is an understatement.

Recently dear friends were in Washington D.C. and happened to speak to a man who works for one of our congressmen. The theme of adoption came up and they shared our story as well. From there, this man decided to nominate us through the congressman’s office to receive a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption® award.

You just don’t expect things like this. To see the lives of children who are loved and cared for grow and change is a beautiful testimony. To experience the love of the Father in your own life in that capacity is life-changing. You know there’s an eternal reward, but sometimes God wants to give you an earthly taste.

Honestly, it feels like too much.

Our whole family is trying to attend the gala and activities in Washington, D.C. September 18-22. It would be the first real vacation we’ve had in 3 years (that would obviously be much deeper an experience than a typical vacation). Other than my wife being there for a few days at age 16, we’ve never been to D.C. and we think this is a pretty amazing reason to visit now.

While we are honored, the $3500 we need to drive out and stay these days is a little beyond us at this moment so we’re trusting God and inviting anyone who would be inclined to support us in this journey to do whatever you want or can through the PlumFund page we’ve set up. If you feel the slightest pressure, skip it. If it’s in your heart to help us in this, we cannot thank you enough.

Not once in this process of attempting to love and support kids did the idea of an award ever come to mind, but God will surprise you. Makes me all the more determined to love well.

How about you? Have you ever been blown away by an unexpected honor? What are you thankful for this week?


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12 Comments

  1. Hi Jason! What a fabulous story of God’s “face shining upon you.” (Numbers 6:25) I love your heart for the forgotten children and your willingness to serve God by adopting them into your family. It’s a beautiful real-life picture of what God does for each of us. As castaways in sin, He seeks us out, paying the ultimate price of the life of His son, to purchase us and make us part of His family! God bless you in your ministry and receive this time in Washington as a gift of His love and encouragement for your sacrifice for Him. Thanks for this post!!

    • Very much appreciate it, Karen. God bless!

  2. How amazing is this, Jason??? So happy for your family! I think it’s so amazing when the love we give comes back to us ten-fold. Wishing you a wonderful trip = you will love D. C.!
    Blessings!
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    • Martha, thank you so much! We are blown away and excited. What a journey the Father leads us on! Thanks again. 🙂

  3. So happy you are getting a smile and a blessing for the way you love on children. It’s a calling and it’s hard work. Enjoy every minute of celebrating this wonderful opportunity!

    • Appreciate it, Deb! Thanks so much. 🙂

  4. Fabulous story jason. I see now why I wanted to hear your story deeper. Maybe some day that will happen here. 🙂 I’ll pay about helping.
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    • Thanks so much, Bill. God’s good!

  5. I’ll be contributing soon. Love you guys and am excited for your opportunity and the recognition.

    • Love you too! Thank you, Phil.

  6. Congratulations, Jason, to you and your family! The work you do is inspiring, and especially meaningful because you don’t consider it *work* -- I know that you feel it is a calling of the Lord. And when we follow the Lord in His purposes, we just never know the *ripples of grace* that we’ll leave behind.

    I can’t think of any unexpected honor I’ve received, but I’m still rather blown away that I am called a child of God!!

    GOD BLESS!

    • Amen! Me too! 🙂 Thanks so much, Sharon.

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