Kate and Daniel Pamplin wanted to adopt a child. Kate said she and Daniel had been feeling called by God to adopt for the better part of a decade. A year ago, after having their first biological child via a difficult pregnancy and traumatic delivery, the Pamplins decided to finally get serious about bringing an orphaned child into their home. But, upon investigating what an adoption would require, she and Daniel felt frustrated. Kate said, “After looking at the cost of adopting, we knew we were not going to be able to adopt any time soon...on our own.”
At the same time, Shannon and Adam Brown, newly wed and convicted by the plight of orphans, were having conversations of their own about what adoption might look like. Shannon said, “We both came to the decision to adopt at different times, but what matters is that we came to the same decision to give a child a better life than they might otherwise have.” She said, “God tells us to take care of the orphans and we want to do our small part.”
Both couples had adoption on their hearts when one Sunday in December 2016 the elders at Round Rock Church of Christ announced their desire to apply that year’s surplus giving to help a family adopt a child.
This past Sunday our elders said, “Our hope was to find a couple who’d developed the audacious, God-honoring desire to give an orphan a forever home.”
Praise God; they found two.
Kate said, “We had put that dream to the side when the elders announced what they were planning to do. We saw it as God's perfect timing and decided to make it known that we would love to adopt.”
When the elders discovered that both the Pamplins and Browns wanted to adopt, they generously upped the dedicated funds from $30,000 to $60,000, $30,000 for each family.
Adoption is expensive, but God is rich and He’s chosen to generously provide through this church’s generous giving.
While it’s a great privilege to partner financially with these families as they pursue adoption, it’s also our hope to provide other kinds of support and encouragement. Adoption is a journey. There’s a long road ahead of these two couples and the road has turns and bumps and who knows what else on it. That’s why this Sunday we called both families up on stage to publicly declare our commitment to be with them and for them in the coming months and years.
We prayed on Sunday (and we encourage you to pray this week):
“God, we know you love adoption. You’ve adopted us into your family, giving us all rights and privileges of family. We are heirs and co-heirs with Jesus of all your treasures. We pray today for the Pamplins and the Browns. Thank you for their hearts--hearts that, in their longing to show love to those who need it most--are like yours. Be with them on this road, no matter what it holds. Create a wonderful match. Provide resources. Provide perfect timing. Give endurance and emotional strength through the grinding details. Give wisdom for them to anticipate ahead how to prepare practically for the coming change. Strengthen their marriage ahead of this coming gift. Heal any past disappointment. Give a miracle of love and bonding. May nothing stand in the way of you accomplishing a completion of this match – child to parent.”
Daniel Pamplin wrote about his desire to adopt, “Sometimes a child enters the world and for one reason or another they find themselves lost and alone. This small person could miss the warm embrace of a mother and father, the stability of a home, and the sense of belonging that comes with being amalgamated into a family. We have all been that lost child, and we are choosing to adopt because we can see the transformative nature of adoption when we look at our brothers and sisters in Christ and our own lives.”
Praise God for hearts like these, hearts moved by the mission of Christ, the mission of love.