The rest of our finances for this adoption have been generously provided by our Heavenly Father, through the sacrificial giving of His people! We have received grants and an interest free adoption loan that have made our travel to China possible! I knew God was going to move and provide, and saw this working itself out months ago. But when it came down to the wire, our expenses jumped about $4000 with traveling over Christmas and we wondered how this was going to happen. Our personal finances were getting pretty squeaky too if you catch my drift and we started talking about using credit cards. (Don't tell Dave Ramsey!)
So we prayed, and I asked friends to pray. After praying, I told Laith I had kicked around the idea of asking if our adoption loan could be increased. I just kept thinking of the verse where Jesus says you have not because you ask not. Laith asked if I would have a problem doing it. Well, yes I would, it's a ministry, not a bank, but the worst they can do is say no, right? So I laboriously wrote the email asking for MORE help. It definitely hurt the pride, but it was a good hurt. I quickly got a reply and I was so scared to read it! I was ready to be called an ingrate for not being satisfied for what they'd already done for us. Instead they just asked how much we needed and then they approved it all! I just cried. I know this may all seem so silly. It is a loan that we have to pay back, but it's interest free and we don't have to start paying until March. THAT is God providing. Plus we should qualify for the adoption tax credit so we're hoping to use that to pay back our loan.
So here is what I'm thinking. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Sometimes He'll just give you a cow. Sometimes He sells them and gives you the money. In this case, He gave the money to other people and called them to give it to adoption ministries so they could disperse the money. As we pay it back, the ministry can help other families adopt too. I think God likes to work this way so we know He did it, and others get the blessing of being in on it. So that is what I think. Here is what I know: God provided for this adoption of Jada. He is taking care of all of us.