Thursday, March 29, 2012

Infertility & Outreach

David and I always wanted to be adoptive parents, but we thought that would be later in life. At the present time, it is infertility that played a big role in our decision to adopt. This is not an infertility blog, it is an adoption blog, so I do want to focus on that. However, infertility is also a part of who we are and always will be. Even when we adopt a child, our exceeding joy over the child that God will have brought us will not change the grief that has and will continue to exist that comes from the inability to have biological children.

We have recently started an Infertility Support Ministry at our church and are grateful for the support from the Clergy and Staff. We haven't had a lot of participation, (we think) largely due to the fact that infertility is such a private matter for most people. For our Church's Lenten Newsletter we were asked to write about the ministry we started (called Isaac's Prayer), and our story. There were other stories included as well, from a couple that has gone through several miscarriages, a couple that now has 2 adopted and 1 biological child, and a couple that chose to remain childfree.

Here is a link to the Lenten Branch. There's a lot in there on various things, but the section on Isaac's Prayer begins on page 7 and our story begins on page 8. It was difficult to write and obviously makes us very vulnerable at church. But, our hope and prayer is that our openness will lead to transparency and a ministry to the infertile in our church community as well as the Nashville community as a whole. Infertility is a very isolating struggle, so we long to reach out to others experiencing a similar situation that we have.

4 comments:

  1. I'm really proud of you for being willing to be so vulnerable. I know that more people were touched by this than you know.

    P.S. Do you feel like I'm stalking you?

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  2. I admire you for starting such an outreach program. Sometimes it takes such a step for people to share their experiences. It takes a lot of courage to do what you have done!

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  3. WOW! I so wish you were near me. What an awesome thing you are doing! I hope you are inspiration to many of us enough to push more of us to start similar groups in our towns. It is so needed.

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  4. Thanks for the positive comments! So far we haven't had much of a response, but we're praying that God brings the right people to the group and to the ministry. In our journey it's been surprising (shocking really) who has deserted us and who has reached out in support. Sometimes support comes from the least likely people! I just hope we can reach out to those that need some encouragement and community. If they need it as much as we do, then we can't wait to bring it to them!

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