God Came Through by Ellen Stumbo

“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
Francis Chan


When Andy and I saw the picture of a little Ukrainian girl with cerebral palsy, we felt as if we had been looking at our daughter. A sweet smile and a short paragraph was all we had, but our hearts began to beat for adoption. Yet, while the excitement grew, so did our apprehensions.

“Can we really do this financially?”
“Will Nina fit in with her sisters?”
“Will Ellie feel resentful having two sisters with special needs?”
“Could Nina’s needs be more than we could handle?”
“Are we alone in this?”

Four weeks before our travel date, we found ourselves $10,000 short. Finances had been the greatest hurdle before committing to adopt, and we were in the place we feared. We were discouraged. It was then I came across the quote from Francis Chan.

Okay, Lord, we are over our heads here. If this is what You have for us, You will come through and blow us away.

He did. In the short weeks that followed the debt was covered. Our mailbox was full of letters and checks with generous donations. God’s reassurance: Yes, My child, this is My will.

We did not know what the future would look like with an adopted child. However, we trusted God so completely that we put ourselves in a situation where we needed Him to come through; not only during the adoption process but also in the years to follow. Although there have been trying times in the last two years, all those first questions seem insignificant in light of the love we now have for our daughter.

Ellen Stumbo is a writer and speaker. She is the mother of three daughters: Ellie; Nichole, who has Down syndrome; and Nina, who was adopted and also has special needs. She is wife to Andy, a pastor. You can read more about her adoption journey in the November issue of ParentLife in her article “Orphan No More.”

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