The Lord has met us at every corner of this process. Today, he showed his favor once again.
The week we returned home from China we learned via a facebook group that our adoption agency was going out of business. Yes, you read that right. Our agency neglected to include us in the email that notified it's clients of their bankruptcy. Due to their closing, we are now transferred to a new agency for our 5 years of post placement paperwork. Our previously paid post placement fees are null and void which means we now owe more money to the new agency. Of course this was very upsetting and disappointing to us. However, through it all we have counted our blessings. There are families who are now waiting an additional month plus to get their children home. I could not imagine the heart ache those families are going through. We are praising God every day that Olivia is home with us and the agency closing had no effect on our timeline to her.
However, the money is a reality and we have been dreading having to hand over more payments just when we felt like that part was all over. Of course in God's perfect timing, just after the notification of our agency closing occurred, we received a grant application from our amazing church Forest Hill. They have a newly offered adoption grant and our family had the opportunity to be one of the first to apply.
With less than 24 hours to process our application, WE WERE APPROVED! We were given the maximum allowed grant and now our financial concerns have been once again removed.
We are forever thankful first to our God for meeting our needs every step of this process but, also to our church home who has supported us along this journey not just financially but in prayer and tangible support as well.
"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus" Philippeans 4:19