A Child’s Calling
by Sherry Kyle
When I was ten years old, my mom, sister and I saw a movie called The Inn of the Sixth Happiness starring Ingrid Bergman. The movie is based on the true story of a missionary who leads 100 Chinese orphans from one area of China to another during the Japanese-Chinese war. The movie made a huge impact on my young heart. One day, I was going to adopt!
Over the years, I married my college sweetheart, birthed three children, and shared my dream of adoption with my husband. Not long after, a friend from church helped us to see the need for foster-adopt families. This was the right choice for us financially. We could obey God’s call without going into debt.
We went to several orientation meetings from different agencies before deciding on a local Christian non-profit agency. Nine months after starting the difficult process, we were matched with a beautiful, nine-month-old Filipino baby girl.
Due to some complications, our daughter’s adoption was not finalized until almost two years later. She always felt like part of the family, but when we stood before the judge, she truly became one of us.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ~Psalm 37:4
Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University and the author of contemporary and historical romance. She also writes for tweens, including the award-winning books, The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style and Love, Lexi: Letters to God. She lives in California with her husband and four children. Sign up for Sherry’s newsletter via her website at www.sherrykyle.com.