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An Adoption Story

Through the years of blogging, I’ve shared most of my story with you. I shared how the death of our son in 1990 led us into a ministry to orphans. But something else wonderful happened during those years following our time of grief. At a recent writer’s conference, I met several people who shared about their adoption stories and it made me think about mine. So, today, I want to share a little about our adoption story.

Our Story

Our adoption story first began when we met a couple from Kenya who lived in the U.S.A. to pursue furthering their education. They brought four of their younger children with them, which included a twin boy and girl aged seven. Fast forward some years and the couple returned to their home in rural Kenya. The twins, now age fifteen, grew up in this country with all our modern conveniences and they wanted to stay here. So, after much prayer and conversation with the parents, we decided to adopt the twins. Henry and Esther became our son and daughter. They are as much our children as our birthed children and heirs to anything we might leave behind.

A Holy Adoption

But our adoption story does not end there. Sharing at the conference made me realize there is an even greater adoption story for all of us to tell. Once we accept Christ, God adopted us into His family. The Bible tells us this in the verse below:

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15 (NIV)
An Adoption Story

When we come to faith in Christ, God forgives all our debts (sins), he gives us a new name, and he gives us all the rights that heirs of God possess. So, how are human adoptions like our Godly adoption?

Four Adoption Truths

  • Adoptions are costly. We spent more than I expected on adopting the twins, but it was well worth all the blessings they brought into our lives. In order to adopt us, God sent his son to die for us so that it set us free. Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV); “4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
  • Adoptions change our legal status. The twins became our legal heirs once adopted. God’s adoption made us heirs as well. As heirs of Christ, we receive the forgives of our sins and we inherit eternal life. Romans 8:17 (NIV): “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
  • The process is long with lots of planning. Our decision took lots of prayer and planning. We had to hire an adoption agency and a lawyer. And adopting an infant takes even longer. God started planning our adoptions long before our birth. Ephesians 1:4-6 (NIV); “4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
  • Adoptions are forever. Nothing changes the status of the twins in our family. We are in it for the good, the bad and the ugly, just like with our birthed children. And God feels the same way. No matter how we live, as long as we remain in Christ, we will be with him for all eternity. John 3:16 (NIV); “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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In Conclusion

I imagine Christ looking down at the scars on his hands and feet and thinks about each of his sons and daughters and smiles. He thinks of the blessings we are to him and how he can’t wait to spend time with us someday. In that same vein, last year I got a tattoo with each of the kids’ initials, so I think of them often and the blessings they are to me daily.

Tattoo of an Adoption Story

God’s adoption process is at the very heart of the gospel. Just like we wanted Henry and Esther to become part of our family, God longs for us to join his. Looking at our faith through the lens of adoptions helps me to better understand his love for me and why he wants me to become a part of his family. Some day in Heaven, I hope to get a picture of me with my eternal pappa to frame and hang in my house (if that is possible). Romans 8:31 (NIV); “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”


prayer for an adoption story

Dear Abba Father. Today, we pray for all the adoption stories. May all the lost and unwanted children find homes with loving parents. Bless all those who seek to adopt and provide for them. Thank you for adopting us into your family. In Christ’s most holy name, we pray. Amen.

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. JD Wininger

    Had no idea about Henry and Esther. What a blessing it was to learn about them, and you two. As an adoptee myself, I’m certain that God gives an extra portion of His love for those He’s destined to become adoptive parents. Thank you and God’s blessings sweet folks.

  2. Jessica Brodie

    What a beautiful story, Yvonne! And you are so right that we all have the most beautiful “greater adoption story” –that God adopted us into His family!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      And He is the best adopted Father in the universe. Thanks Jessica and God bless

  3. Katherine Pasour

    Thank you for sharing about Henry and Esther. It’s a beautiful and inspiring story of love, commitment, and trust and coincides perfectly with God’s love for us. Your message blessed me today.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Katherine. My Heavenly Father’s love for us inspired the desire to help others. God bless.

  4. Barbara Latta

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful story and the Scriptures that tell us how God loved us so much that He adopted us as His own. Blessings, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      We are so blessed to be part of His amazing adoption story. Thank you Barbara and God bless.

  5. Your entire life is a testimony to Christ in you, Yvonne. Your care of orphans across the world is walking in Jesus’s steps. You’re doing the best work. God bless you, sister

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Melinda. I’m so blessed by all God does in my life. He adopted me into His family and that is the source of my testimony. God bless.

  6. Melissa G. Henderson

    Thank you for sharing about your beautiful family. 🙂 My heart is warmed with the love you share.

  7. Annie Yorty

    Yvonne, after years spent ministering to orphans, I believe God singles out orphans and widows as His special ones deserving of special care because that’s what we all are without Him. He wants every one of us to belong to Him and receive His perfect care. We, too, have adopted a teen. She’s not always sure she wants us, but we will always want her. Thanks for telling your story of God’s goodness.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      May the Lord bless you for adopting too. We learn so much from it and it’s a perfect opportunity to truly reflect how much God loves us. He does want everyone in His family. Thank you Annie

  8. Debbie Wilson

    Yvonne, what a beautiful story. I like how you related it to our adoption.

  9. karentfriday

    Yvonne, I didn’t know about your adoption of the twins. How wonderful and so thankful our heavenly Father paid such a high price, His Son, to adopt us into His family.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Karen. He paid such an incredible price to adopt each of us. His love for us is so incredible it is hard to fully grasp. God bless

  10. Sylvia Schroeder

    What a lovely story Yvonne. I’m entering the discussion late, but so glad I went back to read your story. Loved the connection to our adoption in Christ.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Sylvia. I am blessed for being a part of God’s family. God bless

  11. Jeannie Waters

    Yvonne, thank you for sharing your precious adoption story and the adoption that is dear to each believer.

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