Friday, November 20, 2009

News from the Bruce Family

After much prayer and clear direction from God, we have begun the process of adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia! We are very excited, and joyful in obeying the Lord’s leading.

Even before God gave us Noah, we talked about adopting an orphan someday. We feel like saving a child from an orphanage and providing that child with a family is such a beautiful picture of the Gospel. Christ saved us from our sins and brought us into his family. Galatians 4:4-6 “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Although we thought adoption was still some time off, God has made it abundantly clear that His timing is now. We are so thankful for such clear direction and knowledge of His will in this situation. Through prayer and investigation we have found absolute confidence and peace with the opportunity of bringing an ex-orphan home.

In the past two weeks we have started the long process of paper work and background checks. The first big step is the “home study.” We already have our home study set up for Monday (11/23) afternoon. This is just the beginning of a long process of paperwork and waiting. We have been told that this process can take anywhere from 6-8 months and the cost will be upwards of $22,000. Both of us feel confident that the Lord will provide both patience and funding because He has made it so clear that we are to do this.

We would like to ask for your prayers over the next several months as we go through this process. Please be in prayer that God will continue to open doors for us to bring this child home. We covet your prayers for God’s provision as well. As this will also be a big change for Noah, we ask that you pray for him in the transition. Last night when we told him that we were going to get him a brother, he was so excited. He then began to cry for his brother, because he wanted him now. We pray that this little boy will be a constant reminder of the Gospel, the love of God, and the family of God. We pray that he will be an amazing witness for the glory of Christ.

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