Before they were married, Lauren and Jared Neff felt God leading them to someday grow their family through adoption. After the birth of their second child, they considered beginning the adoption process but felt God leading them to wait and try for a third biological child.
“Our third son was born deaf,” Lauren shared, “which opened our hearts to special needs adoption. [Parenting a child with] special needs was something we might have been more hesitant about before our son was born. We can see now that God was preparing us for the needs of our future daughter as he led us to wait until after our third son was born to begin the process.”
The Neffs began their adoption process in January 2020, not long before the world began to feel the effects of COVID-19, including adoption processes around the globe grounding to a halt.
“God has taught us a lot through this process,” they shared. “He has and continues to teach us a new level of patience that only he can provide. He has shown us that no matter how much we want to bring our daughter home, it’s all in his timing and plan. It’s all for his glory and not ours. We are learning to surrender our plans and trust that he is in control and taking care of our daughter until the day we bring her home.”
The pandemic also brought with it an increased financial burden for the Neff family, and on the advice of a friend, they decided to apply for a Show Hope Adoption Aid grant.
“When we started our adoption journey, we had other adoptive families telling us not to allow finances to stop us from adopting because God will provide,” Jared shared. “Over and over as payments have been due, God has provided the amount that we needed at the time that we needed it. We are so blown away and amazed by how God continues to work through Show Hope to help meet our adoption needs and bring our daughter home.”
You can be a part of helping change lives, like the Neff family, through this year’s Adoption Aid 20/20 Campaign.
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