Thanks for your support of our adoption journey. We would love for you to join us in praying that God would give us wisdom, patience and perseverance as we go through the process to adopt our children! We appreciate the many people walking this adoption journey with us in prayer! ~Jon & Bethany

March 15, 2011

Test Pilots

Well, friends, it seems that the Lord has opened the door for Jon and I to possibly be pilots.
Ok, not that kind of pilot.

We may have the opportunity to be a pilot family for a new African adoption program through our adoption agency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Our director is going to the country this month to find out more information and figure out logistics. Please join us in PRAYING for the 4.2 million orphans in Congo and for our director's trip!

Here's a little bit of what we've learned about the DRC so far:
- formerly known as Zaire, DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world, per capita annual income of $171
- Life expectancy is about 46 years (2009)
- Less than 1/2 the population have access to clean water
- DRC is slightly less than 1/4 the size of the US
- half the population is Roman Catholic, only 20% Protestant
- there are an estimated 4.2 million orphans in DRC, 39 million in Africa
- 15% of the population under age 18 are orphans
- In some areas, 2 of 3 women have been victims of sexual violence, mainly by armed men; in the rest of the country, it is 1 in 2 people (men & women)

 (Stats taken from,,

So, our hearts are breaking for this country and especially the orphans in this country! We are praying for them and praying that the Lord would guide our footsteps as we may be able to ADOPT one or two of these children who are DESPERATE for a family to love them, for food in their bellies, and a warm bed to sleep in.

We are willing to be a "pilot family" for the Democratic Republic of Congo if God keeps that door open for us, especially if it means that more children will be able to be rescued by loving, Godly families!


  1. Bethany,
    We are praying for you guys in this adoption process! We are excited to see the Lord leading you through all of this! We hope one day to adopt as well! Such a beautiful picture of the Gospel!
    Love you, Anna
    p.s. still want to buy from your handmade items!:)

  2. Praying for your family and His leading through this adoption journey....thankful you all walk by faith...and this is a very exciting change in direction....God is BIG and MIGHTY!! Trusting in Him!