April Partners Update
Final Decree: An Adoption Update from Shannon Lehman
“And now on this 17th of April, 2018… Jahna Ranae Stansfield shall have all the rights of a child and heir of Shannon and JoElla Lehman… and shall hereafter assume the name of Jahna Renae Lehman.”
And with a satisfied smile and and a few scratches of a completely illegible signature, Judge Edward Guido signed into law a one page document of court jargon; its effect: immediate, permanent, and wildly miraculous.
And in some way that illegible scrawl of signature represents well our path over the past nine years and specifically the last two. Slow difficult decisions then sudden changes in direction, sometimes bold, and other times thin, uniform and mundane. So today we get share the affirming evidence that those twisting turns and abrupt corrections were directed by an all knowing and all seeing God. None of us could possibly have traced the path through this maze and for certain could not have believed the outcome to be possible. And yet this is faith. Faith is hoping for what is either beyond or FAR beyond the horizon. Our beginnings, our endings to terms, contracts, resolutions, and will to commit effort…they are all absorbed and become but a speck in a God who rolls them all up into His eternal nature and plan. In this way we are already living eternally.
So the lines have come “full circle” and Jahna is back “home.” We have not reached the end of the journey but this is a place where we can pause to offer up specific praise for what God has done and we invite you to rejoice and delight with us.
Please do pray for us:
- That God would lead us to preparation for and pursuing His next purposes for our family
- We would continue to bond with and give ourselves to our children
- That we could find a good AND affordable school for our children
- That Jahna’s adoption story would impact those who participated with the Kingdom Good News!
In these images, students enjoy “Small Talk,” an evening of games and conversation with staff, and a game of four-square.
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