Guest Post by Steve
This adoption has got me thinking about my life and where God has led
me these last 5 or so years: I've gone from a kid who did not take school
seriously enough (and almost lost my chance to finish college because of it) , to a
married man with a son and another child on the way, living and serving
in a Church in South Korea.
Constantly since my Junior Year of
college, God has been placing me in situations that have told me "grow up
now; you can't afford to fail". I don't know how else to see it. God has
been calling me to step up and become a man and stop treating life as a game.
First it was the wake-up call that I wasn't quite doing well enough in college to graduate. That certainly woke me up.
Next came my marriage to Sarah. God called me to step up and lead the woman of my dreams down the path of faith and life.
1 1/2 years later he called me to lead a Son down the path of Manhood,
prompting me to quickly begin figuring out what it takes to be a man
myself (A search that continues as I seek to follow harder after Christ).
Nine months later God call me to leave everything behind, pack my family
and move us to South Korea to minister to Youth in Songtan, South Korea.
This was the first time I had ever flown overseas (I didn't even have a
passport yet) and the first time that I had ever worked for a church.
now God is calling us to do the tedious work of gathering official
documentation and compiling a folder of every single detail of who we
are, so that we can be approved for adoption. And after said folder is
complete, God will call us to a certain child, in a certain country that
we will travel to a foreign land to receive into our family.
Time and again, God
has been calling me to wake up. The man that I am today is a
man who has been built up and propped up only by the grace of God,
through many experiences that woke me up out of my adolescent/lazy
With God's help I pulled my grades up and graduated college
and have continued my education by enrolling in Reformed Theological
Seminary. I am currently working on my M.Div.
Trusting God, I married Sarah and we have challenged
each other, loved each other through some hard things and have
pursued God together for almost 4 years. She is one of the greatest
blessing that God has ever bestowed on me, and I am a better man because
Thanks to God I am working on stepping up to be the father and
example that my son Caleb needs. I am not perfect, and neither is Caleb,
but he knows that I love him and that I am helping him learn to be a
We put all of our hope in God when we moved to
South Korea. We trusted that God would help us get to South Korea and
flourish here. God has been more than faithful and helped me to lead my
family through the hard transition. We still face challenges and hard days but the Lord has been faithful to provide people in our Church who love and care for us as well as family and friends back home who work hard to keep in touch.
Now facing international
Adoption, with a pile of papers surrounding me and a wife who is
beginning to notice how overwhelming this process is going to be; I am
hearing the call again, "grow up now; you can't afford to fail".
Life is certainly not a game and my family clearly needs me now!
bless these steps as I try to step up again to the task You have laid at hand and give me strength to lead my
family down the path we believe you have chosen for us