Both of us were raised by close-knit families in small towns. We met in college, fell in love and married in 1993. With degrees in hand- a BA in Business Administration and an MA in Speech Language Pathology, we were ready to begin living out the American dream.
We started our careers and family, having 2 boys, Logan and Mitchell. One night in January 2000, while they were still very young, our lives were radically changed by a powerful encounter with God…an experience that changed us forever and led us down a completely different path. From that moment on, our passion was to be His hands and feet everywhere we went. We left our careers, downsized our home and lifestyle and began learning how to follow the voice of God. Step-by-step we laid down our lives and said yes to whatever we were asked to do. That incredible journey took us into extraordinary places and profound situations as we embraced both the joy and the sacrifice of our calling.
We had thought our family was complete, but on a trip to help the very poor in Africa, we felt an urgency to bring more children into our home. We knew that we were to adopt our new daughter from China and that she was a key to another turn in our path. In 2004, almost two years later, we traveled to China to bring Priscilla home, and something happened there that touched us deep within our hearts. We knew that we would be back to this beautiful nation.
We had a passion to go, but felt inadequate in ourselves. But we read of a story of a little boy and his lunch. In this story, a boy with only 5 loaves and 2 small fish gave all he had to his master, just a small little lunch. His master multiplied it, and fed more than 5,000 hungry people...Equipped with a sense of purpose bigger than ourselves, we sold all that we had and left America in 2005 to make our home in China. We lived in an apartment in Fuzhou for ten months – where Caleb came to live with us - before opening Hidden Treasures outside the city. There we have been able to welcome, love and care for many, many special children, and it is our fervent desire to always have room for one more.
We love China and its people. We are constantly in awe as we watch miracle after miracle shape and form all that has been accomplished in such a short time. We are grateful for every day and are thankful for all the goodness that has rained down on us.
Our family is growing – we are now in the process of adopting Caleb – and we are excited at all that lies ahead of us...