The Big Picture:
We are Will and Rebekah, two former orphans, far from God and guilty of sinning against Him. When we were in the peak of our sinfulness, the graceful God of the universe adopted us to be among His chosen children. We are loved unconditionally and have been made heirs to the greatest Kingdom ever created, beyond anyone's most beautiful imagination. Because we have been adopted into this kingdom, and have realized that we did not deserve the grace that we have been given, we want to do the same thing. Only Jesus Christ can offer salvation, but we can offer a home filled with love, grace, and laughter. Although we will never be the perfect spouse or perfect parent, we have a Father in Heaven who gives us the Holy Spirit that provides endless love, patience, kindness, gentleness, faith, and He provides all that we need. Join us on our journey to tell others about our own adoption into God's kingdom, and show an earthly example by adopting from Ethiopia. If you would like to know more about how to also be a part of God's family, we would love to tell you!
We were married in February 2009 during my husband's seminary spring break. We lived in seminary housing, living the tight-budget life for the first year of our marriage. We saw some of our friends, the Flemings, who were another young couple, start and finish their adoption process. We realized that adoption didn't have to be something that you did AFTER you had all of the biological kids you wanted. We realized God could provide for US- newlyweds on a tight budget! So after being married a year, on my (Rebekah) 23rd birthday, we submitted our application to AGCI for the Ethiopia program. We met the minimal requirements on everything! We knew that adoption was something we wanted to accomplish in our life, and there didn't seem to be a better time than the present. Our adoption process has been nothing but a testimony of God's faithfulness and provision. We are thrilled to finally be parents and so grateful for our son, Israel, who will be a lifelong reminder of God's goodness and redemption.
Currently, we are living in Alabama where Will is a college pastor and PhD student, and I am a recent MSW graduate, looking for part-time employment. Israel has been home since May 2012, and we have a biological daughter Edith, born August 2013. Israel has some developmental delays and Cerebral Palsy; we are seeing the works of God being displayed through his challenges.
Israel and Edith, May 2014