Updates on the Journey
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.
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.
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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