Monday, April 27, 2009

Preface!

The reason I have decided to start a blog is so that you can be involved in our adoption process...and well just in our lives in general! :)
Some of you don't know, but Joey and I feel that God has put it on our hearts to Adopt a baby boy from an African Nation! We are very excited and know there will be many challenges in the process and in our lives following, but who are we to say "NO" to God?
God has always called Joey and me to do what is out of the ordinary...got married at a young age, no college degrees, planned to go to Africa for 5 months and left 6 months after we were married and 10 days after Joey was in a horrible accident, sold everything we owned to plan to go back to Africa, but instead He called us to a youth Pastor position with no training at all. So here we are, after being married 4.5 years and youth Pastors for going on 3 and God has another big plan for us..."Adopt a baby...oh yeah... and he's gonna be from Africa!" That's huge!
So we have done our part and have found an agency we trust, America World Adoption Agency, AWAA.org. The agency Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife used to adopt their baby girls from china. They are a "True" christian agency :)
We went to a seminar this saturday and got a lot of information, we are still praying about which country specifically to put on our application... please pray with us, it is in between Rwanda and Ethiopia! After we send in the applcation they will contact us and then set up the homestudy process. We will be assigned a social worker who will do extensive interviews with Joey and me and come into our home to make sure it is baby friendly and homey!
Adopting is very expensive, the estimated cost, which depends on which country we choose, is between $17,800 and $33,010...good thing is, we qualify for a minister's discount!
I will be holding a small fundraiser for anyone who wants to help and be involved in the process of bringing home the "Turner Baby!"

I will be posting as our process changes, just be in prayer that the governments like us! And that we make all the right decisions! :)
Love you all!

6 comments:

Joseph Turner said...

I'm gonna be a daddy... Did you hear that everyone? I said I'm gonna be a daddy!

He is gonna be a prophet of the Lord too. Mark my words!

Sidney Delafuente said...

Oh Joey and Emily,
How exciting we are about this new adventure you both are undertaking. PawPaw and I have been praying about this ever since you told us Christmas Eve. What a blessing this child will be to your family and how he will be loved by all our clan. We know Our Lord has this child waiting right now to be welcomed into your Family and extended Family.
We pray the process will be simple and quick.
God bless you both as you wait this precious child.
We love you both so much and soon there will be another to love.
In His love,
PawPaw and Nana

Pau said...

awww yay! Congrats! :) so excited for you guys, and we are praying for you both and for baby!!! :)

love you guys lots
Paula & Alex Rollo

Deniese said...

Joey and Emily--what a great adventure God has you on!!! I will be praying for you and know that God has already picked out that "prophet" child....created especially for the 2 of you. Much love and blessings. Deniese Borel

Albert Archie II said...

Freakin Rad!! that means Im gonna be an uncle to a true African American. You know I am down to help out with whatever you guys need>

Giselle Blanco said...

So i found this blog and i was like "YAY!!!" Like, OUT LOUD!!!...i have a huge heart for the orphan and i have to say that was one of the many things that attracted me to Sojourn. The Lord used that to "seal the deal" lol, and well, getting to read about y'all's process is so exciting!
Let me warn you that i will be probably commenting very often as this is very exciting and something that is very close to my heart as well. :D