Adoption Awareness: Wurdeman Family

Down syndrome Awareness Month : Payton

Join us in November for National Adoption Awareness Month as families share their adoption story.
If you would like to share your adoption story please contact us.

Adoption has always been in our hearts.  We lived overseas as missionaries for the last fourteen years and while in Haiti we loved visiting the orphanages and bringing the kiddos home with us to play.  Then, we moved to St. Vincent where we lived above an orphanage.  We got to see kiddos being adopted and flourishing upon being home.  And we were also privileged to get to keep our nephew for 7 months while waiting for my sister’s family to be able to adopt him. 

Returning back to the U.S. this year, we were blessed with the help in purchasing a large home.  We knew we wanted to use it to welcome others.  We were also doubly blessed when our littlest guy was born with Down syndrome.  He spreads so much joy to all.  So, when we were contacted about a little guy in Eastern Europe who also has Down syndrome waiting for a forever family, we knew he was the perfect addition.  He will be just a week younger than our little guy is.

We are still in the midst of our adoption story, but so far, we can tell you there are no excuses.  God makes a way for it to work.  Our family just moved from serving overseas and purchasing our first home, but through grants and gifts and selling things, God is providing the costs to get our little guy home to us.  The timing also seemed crazy with just relocating back, but it will take a year to get him, so while we hate him waiting in an orphanage apart from us, we know God was helping us to get all the paperwork, funds, and classes finished. 

We honestly could not have planned our life out any better than God has directed it.  While it’s not a path we would have plotted out originally, we are so thankful for the way he brought it all about.  We are so humbled by the gift of all the joy and wonder we are getting to experience and look forward to holding our newest little guy in our arms next year.  We had no clue how many children need families and are still waiting as we journey this path, and hope that more families will join us in adopting.  We’d love to answer any questions or help as so many have encouraged us. 

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27 NIV