Saturday, May 30, 2009

Another Forever Family


My dear friends Kristina and Chris are currently in Ukraine adopting two precious children- Matthew and Natalia! Kristina and I went to college together and were reconnected this summer when her and her husband started pursuing adoption from Ukraine!!  It is always such an honor to walk alongside a couple when they are in the midst of the adoption process and even more fun when they actually come!

I was able to take the over night train this week to meet up with them and meet their newest additions. IMG_1848-1 We had a wonderful day playing outside in the city with the children in Matthew and Natalia’s group.  IMG_1890

I even found a couple I’d like to take home with me…including this precious little girl.  We made fast friends. :)IMG_1969-1

It never ceases to amaze me how God uses adoption to redeem these little lives.  How children can be transformed from orphans and adopted as sons and daughters- given new names and new futures.    And no matter how many times I see it happen, the Lord shows me something new about his love and adoption of us. IMG_2037IMG_2045-1

Please pray for Chris and Kristina in the coming weeks as they finish up the lengthy adoption process and transition home! They are one amazing couple that I am blessed to call my friends and I can’t wait to see how the stories of Natalia and Matthew will unfold.


Jodi Durr said...

Love these adoption stories!

Kelly said...

Praising the Lord with you guys!!!

Montgomery said...

Karen, Thanks for being a dear sister in Christ to our mutual friends the Cardens. Thanks also for your passion and heart for the orphan. I hope to see you again some time. Blessings and joy in service to Him.

Debbie said...

What a huge blessing for the kids and their new mama and papa--and for you! How did they manage to be adopting such young kids? Amazing. And I'm so glad you have made new friends. :-)

I hope we can all coordinate when we get back to Kiev. Sorry I haven't called yet...soooo busy!!

Ministry Happens in Ukraine said...

I love adoption stories too. Just chatted online with Janna in Italy- I'd love to meet your friends when they are in town (but I'm headed to camp in Lugansk for the rest of the month).