Kess and her family traveled with us to Peru during Christmas. Here she shares with us how God used the kids they served to work in their hearts and adjust their expectations.
A few years ago, I had adoption on my mind. However, the idea quickly left me when my husband, Steve, didn’t feel the same way. I assumed that if we weren’t in agreement, it wasn’t a call from God. But then a few months ago, Steve began to feel the call to adopt. In the flesh, he didn’t necessarily want to—and since letting the dream go years ago, neither did I—but nonetheless he felt that God may be asking us to. So in spite of what we wanted, Steve and I allowed ourselves to consider God’s plans and kept our hearts open to what God wanted.
In the meantime, we were preparing for a mission trip to Peru to visit VisionTrust’s Casa Luz Orphanage and Learning Centers. I found out Casa Luz is an adoptable orphanage and as our departure date drew nearer, my anticipation grew. Would God use this trip to provide us with an opportunity for adoption? God had already begun to soften our hearts toward the idea. I began to dream about how wonderful those years of having a little one in the house were, and finally knew that if God asked, we would be willing. I was excited to see how He would continue to work in our hearts during the trip!
When we arrived at Casa Luz, my family met and instantly fell in love with two young girls—twins! We later
found out they were already adopted and waiting to be taken home, and my heart sank a little. I asked God, “Who is it that you want to add to our family?” My heart began to open toward some older kids and I tried to imagine how the transition from the orphanage to our home might go.
As I interacted with the older children, I began to see just how loved and taken care of they were by the Casa Luz orphanage. And not only that, but they had learned to have a love for each other. One day, they went out and gave the toys they received last year to children who are less fortunate than them. With hearts so full of love for other people, these kids were examples of Jesus—and it was contagious.
I realized then that I wasn’t at Casa Luz to adopt one of the children. Instead, I was there to simply love all of them as if they were my own.
The kids VisionTrust serves at Casa Luz and the Learning Centers may be the poorest of the poor, but they are thriving. Because they’re learning about Jesus and the hope He provides, they’re being given the vision to exceed their circumstances. We met students who want to be a lawyer and a pilot. Another student who grew up in Casa Luz is studying to be an engineer and still returns to help out. These children are the future, and as they continue to grow, their communities will be changed for the better.
So now, Steve and I have a much bigger vision on our hearts beyond adoption. We want even more people to see how these children’s lives and their communities are changing, and we want to be more involved in building up the children of Casa Luz for the long-term through things like letter writing and finding them sponsors in our community.
When God asks if you’re willing, you truly never know what the answer will be. Steve and I love the answer He gave us even more than the one we expected Him to give. He’s now given us many children!
“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” —Isaiah 55:8