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For Val and I, God always seems to connect the dots in reverse. As a married couple and parents of three children age three and under, the journey forward is just beginning. Yet as we look back at the last year, we are amazed at the things that God has done to bring our family of five together. In 2011, we began the process of adopting from the Democratic Republic of Congo after doing some research into the immense population of orphans left in the wake of one of history’s deadliest civil wars. Several months after we had gotten our referral for our now 11-month-old Ezra, we got pregnant with our now 7-month-old Max. We did not have a clue how we were going to manage at the time, but we determined that we were as committed to the little boy in the referral picture as we were to the little boy growing in Val’s tummy. So we pressed forward with our adoption.

Not long after we received our referral for that sweet baby boy, we were given some very unique and heart wrenching news about his story. As it turns out, he was brought to the orphanage by a social worker along with his birth mother, a beautiful 12-year-old girl, just a child herself. We do not know all the details of her story, but we do know that she was rescued from a life of trafficking. The orphanage, which is owned and operated by our adoption agency, took her in, offered her shelter, food and even training towards a job of her own. We had the privilege of meeting her when we traveled to the DRC to bring Ezra home. It was a short conversation, but one that is incredibly important to our family story, and that we will cherish forever.

On November 24, 2012, Val, Ezra and I were greeted at Fort Wayne International Airport by an enthusiastic group of family and close friends; with our three-year-old Miles front and center ready to hug his new baby brother.

A house with two babies in it has made for a wild couple of months, particularly with Ezra bringing home some germs that got us all sick for the first few weeks!

Like I said though, God has a way of connecting the dots in reverse for us. Now as we look back at our completed adoption process, we see His faithfulness in the timing of our pregnancy and the completion of our adoption, the way that our community rallied around us in getting Ezra home, the profound impact that Ezra has had on our view of God’s love for us, and the way that God redeemed Ezra’s birth mother out of a heart-breaking and dangerous situation through our adoption agency and their orphanage in the Congo. To say our story had some unexpected, and even difficult, moments in it is putting it mildly, but we have experienced the rich truth that our God truly withholds no good thing (Psalm 84:11) from us.

-Adam & Valarie Clark