Kevin G Cook

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November 3, 2015  |  adoption

The past few days have been insane! I’ve barely been able to touch my studies. Nicole is in the midst of her busiest season of the year with photography: Asbury Seminary’s ginkgo trees are turning. We’ve had literally thousands of messages from people all across the country. Many of them are supportive messages of encouragement. Even more are from families looking to adopt, either asking to be connected with a mother or for help in getting started.

Unfortunately, we’ve also had a number of angry dissenters message us and leave comments advocating for various issues (foster adoption, international orphans, family preservation, women’s rights, etc). We didn’t set out to solve all of the world’s problems; we didn’t even post this online to start a movement or to find a child, but just to participate in our seminary’s campaign. We’ve been attacked abundantly, our integrity questioned, called thieves and scammers, pedophiles, preying on innocent people. My only response is:

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)

It’s no coincidence that immediately following this, Jesus charges us to be salt and light.

I pray for those who revile us and persecute us and utter all kinds of evil against us falsely because we’re following the path God has laid before us.

We definitely haven’t had enough sleep, or time to just relax together, so please pray for us to make that space in our lives this week.

Finding Birthmothers

We’ve been in touch with dozens of pregnant women who were considering abortion, but after seeing our post reconsidered and messaged us. Amen to choosing life! However, a number of them seem to have fallen through for various reasons (miscarriage, no follow up communication, legal issues, etc).

We are still looking for the right situation for God to use us to save the life of a child who would otherwise be aborted, and we would love to be able to save two if God provides that! Women continue to message us and we are looking at each one as an opportunity to save a life, either through personally adopting their child or through connecting them with an adoption agency locally. We know its a long process and a lot can change over time, but we hope to find our two soon and begin that long journey together!

We’ve gotten in touch with an adoption attorney and are excited about working with her! However, one thing that we’ve been made aware of is that different states have different laws regarding connecting birth mothers with potential adoption families. It can actually be a crime for us to serve as a middleman between a birth mother and a family. Because of this, we are referring everyone to work through either a private adoption attorney or through an adoption agency.

If you messaged us through Facebook with the hopes of getting connected with a birth mother, I’m sorry that we cannot offer this service for you. I wish we could! But we’re not licensed as an adoption agency and could face legal trouble if we did connect you together in several states. Please consult your adoption attorney or adoption agency.

Resourcing

We have found that resources about adoption are not being well communicated to pregnant women. Hundreds of women have messaged us saying that they would prefer to give up their baby through adoption rather than getting an abortion, but they don’t know how to do that. A huge part of what we have been doing over the past couple days is connecting these mothers with local adoption agencies. We are planning to put together a resource of solid adoption agencies, both national and regional, to give to women who are considering abortion. The solution to ending abortion includes offering pregnant women clear steps to take when choosing alternatives to death.

As others have pointed out, the best situation is for a mother to choose life and keep their child. If that’s not an option the mother is willing to consider, the next best situation is for an immediate or extended family member to raise the child. If that’s not an option, adoption is the next best solution against abortion. This is our opinion at least, and you are entitled to you own.

Our prayer is to completely overwhelm adoption agencies nationwide with an influx of birth mothers who have seen our message and have chosen life! If we can double the number of mothers choosing life and connecting with adoption agencies, we would save thousands of innocent lives and provide loving families with the children their hearts long for. We would also bring down the waiting time and overhead cost of adoption through agencies. Lord, hear our prayer! Jesus, make it happen!

Read more and offer support at http://www.kevingcook.com/the-cooks-adoption-story

 

About the Author

Kevin Cook is a 4th year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and an Aspirant for Ordination in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). After graduating, Kevin hopes to plant a contemporary three-streams Anglican Church. He and his wife Nicole attend Wilmore Anglican Church in Kentucky.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. Kevin enjoys playing music and leading worship, reading fiction and spiritual classics, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

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5 Comments


  1. I am sorry to hear about the haters. It amazes me that negative people will always come up with other avenues they think are more important, usually they have not done anything to help the situation of children. I am sure you will not let them stop the amazing campaign you have started. God will see that you are provided for. May you be blessed with “enough”. It brings me to tears to think how many babies could be saved due to your actions. While I understand some of the history of adoption laws I pray that perhaps some changes can be enacted to enable you to assist with other adoptions.

  2. Kevin & Nicole, thank you for what you are doing! Your story is very similar to our story (your wife and I even share the same first name!) 🙂

    We cry out to the Lord, asking him to provide a biological child to us, but knowing that is not necessarily his plan for our life, we have begun the process of foster-to-adopt (the preferred form of adoption in our city).

    In the midst of all the craziness, I want to add a word of encouragement to your hundreds of messages 🙂 Thank you for being faithful, for taking your pain and turning it into an opportunity for God to work through you. Thank you for being a champion for life and in the busyness of your studies and vocation, thank you for taking time to be the hands and feet of Jesus in your community.

    Praying alongside you that the Lord may provide – a child(ren) for you, and a forever home for that child(ren).

  3. You don’t know me, but I saw your story on Facebook. I love how you are putting would-be-(abortive)mothers in touch with adoption agencies. It has been on my heart for a long time to be involved somehow in a similar way. I narrowly escaped having an abortion, myself even though I knew it was wrong, because I didn’t see any other way at the time. I don’t know how I can be involved, but if there is anything I can do to help in this area of bringing women who think they have no choice to realize that they do have alternatives, please let me know.

  4. Dear Kevin,

    While looking up the meaning of ‘worship’ in Greek and Hebrew forms, The picture of you and your wife was on the side bar. Your sign caught my eye, so I clicked… Your story was presented and I was moved beyond words.

    Rarely is it that someone is willing to step up for a cause and then support their belief in it with action. It’s easy to tell a girl/woman not to abort her unwanted baby, but few are willing to take that burden from someone who cannot parent a child.

    Further, the wisdom in your words about the protesters condemning these girls is sound. God’s love should never be paired with threats of punishment and aborted fetuses.

    It’s a shame your gift of discernment isn’t posted on the front page of the Internet everyday. Surely by doing so, people would come to know Jesus through you.

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