We are the Alderfer Family. Many years ago, the Lord began working on our heart in regards to adoption. We watched many friends and fellow church members go down the road of adoption, and the Lord was opening our eyes and our hearts to the need. We had three biological children and after the addition of our third one, we finally had peace. The time was right to start the journey.
In November 2015, we were obedient to the Lord’s calling in our life and began the home study process. We were officially approved to adopt in March 2016. After researching agencies and talking to many friends, we decided to pursue domestic adoption of an infant with Faithful Adoption Consultants in Georgia. We became a client and officially started matching with birth families in August 2016.
We’ve had numerous people ask, “Why domestic adoption?”. For us, there were several reasons. The number one reason was we really desired to be used by the Lord to impact a birth family and not just one child. We feel we have the best opportunity to show Christ to our child’s birth family by adopting domestically. Our biggest prayer is that the Lord will be glorified through our adoption, but also that we would be able to show the love of Christ to this family that will become part of ours through the shared love of one child.
We have been waiting to be matched for five months now. We’ve seen over 60 cases during this time. It has been the biggest faith growing experience of our life. The Lord has been teaching us what it truly means to let go of what control we think we have, and let Him show us the path He has for us. It has been such an awesome opportunity to show our biological children that even when we think we know what’s best and desire for something, we must relinquish control to our Heavenly Father. For it is Him alone that is sovereign enough to have a PERFECT plan for us, our baby, and our baby’s birth family. We are so thankful we serve a God who gives us the peace to place it all in His hands.
When we were told that Gregory’s Gift had given us a matching grant, we were so humbled. When we started the journey, we had no money set aside for the adoption. The Lord has shown Himself faithful because we now have over $33,000 that has been given to us through the gifts of fellow believers in Christ. What an awesome opportunity the Lord has given us to exalt His name and show Himself present in this adoption journey.
We thank Gregory’s Gift for the part that you have played in bringing this precious baby girl into our home. You were the first ones to believe in our story and give towards it. We praise God that because of people like you this baby girl will know the love of a family, but more importantly she will know the love of her Heavenly Father.