About 8 years ago we began to feel a burden to adopt. I had always thought adoption was a great option for people who couldn't conceive - not for me though. Then it seemed like all of a sudden, I started hearing stories of adoptions and the great needs of orphans who had been neglected and abused; some of these orphans living within just miles of me and my comfortable life. Simultaneously Kyle was experiencing and feeling the same things. We couldn't shake it. We had a strong feeling God had something for us and adoption in the future. But at the time, I was pregnant with baby #2.
In June of 2007, a 17 yr old girl I had been reaching out to, called frantic because her dad had passed away. I immediately rushed to meet her at her house. That night she came back to our house - without a dad, without a provider, without a family. She was alone and had no where to go.
We remember laying on our bed in silence - aware of the heaviness of the matter. Yet somehow in the midst of such a huge challenge, we felt peace and were confident that this is what God had been preparing our hearts for all those months before. We were 24 years old with a 3 yr old, one on the way, and now a teenager. Life drastically changed that day. It was very hard, but it's been very good.
Dawn has been a Sapaugh now for over 7 years! We have had the privilege of watching what a little bit of love, support, and a whole lot of Jesus can do. Hope for the hopeless! No doubt.
We are in the process of getting involved with foster care and can't wait to see where that will lead us. We know that we do not have it all together (understatement of the year) but, we know we do have love to give; and there are so many 'family-less' kids out there that are lacking just that!
There are many different ways to get involved with orphan care. If you have any interest or questions on the matter, please feel free to contact me. You never know what resource you may have that could meet a great need in the life of one of these sweet kids!