New Years Day 2012, JR and I went to church. We had communion and open alter. When I knelt at the altered I prayed earnestly that God would either bring me a child through adoption or unburden my heart. JR and I had been in the China program for five months. I was discouraged. I was tired. I was frustrated. I was so frustrated because I felt like God had placed a heavy burden upon my heart for over two years but had not led us to a child. And there are plenty of children who need families.
It was just days later that I saw Sam's sweet, sweet face and dimples. God answered my prayers with Sam. I hope we are the answers to his heart's prayers. Now, almost a year later, after hours of training, lots praying, some crying, and a ton of paperwork, we are going to bring Sam home.
Sam is my grandfather's little brother's name. John Hinton is named after my grandfather, John Hammond Hinton. In Hebrew, Samuel means "God has heard." How appropriate.
Many of you have asked how you can help or if there is anything that you can do for us during this time. I ask for your prayers for John Hinton. He will be in excellent hands, but we will gone 19 days. He burst into tears when we talk about leaving. I know he will have a difficult time adjusting to Sam. I'll be kind and say that John Hinton is currently living up to his only child reputation and a delayed terrible twos. Please pray for Sam. Not only is this a terrifying experience for him to leave the only familiar faces he knows, he will be overwhelmed with sites, sounds, and people that he has never experienced before. Please pray for our travel and for Sam to remain calm. On our way home, we will fly one day within China back to Beijing, spend the night, fly to Seattle, spend the night, fly to Denver to New Orleans, then drive home. That is enough to exhaust anyone much a toddler.
I'll keep thinks updated. We leave in 17 days...