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Embrace God’s Heart for Adoption

HOPE FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Kim understands how difficult the adoption process can be and the hardest part starts when these often-traumatized children come to their forever home. For this reason, Kim has written a six-week Bible study to encourage those who will, are in the process, or have already adopted. She shares her heart and the heart of God in focusing on His adoption of us and how the Church should emulate His love by helping the fatherless. She says that God never intended for the government to take care of orphans; that’s the Church’s job. The system is broken and Kim challenges Christians to stand up and take action: either by adopting or supporting others who feel called to do so. Kim explains, “The Bible makes God’s mandate clear: every Christian must help the orphaned… One way both the church and individual members can care for the orphan is to support the members of the congregation who provide direct care.” She encourages those who are taking action by addressing topics such as: adoption’s foundation, planning for home, the total cost, the legality realized, the rich inheritance, and the ministry of orphan care.

THEIR ADOPTION STORY
Kim dreamed of helping kids most of her life. In fact, she thought she would become a lawyer and help kids via the courts, but God had other things in mind. She always planned to adopt and when she met and married Jahn, he agreed. While on a mission trip to the Ukraine in 2003, Kim visited an orphanage and made the decision that when the time was right, they would adopt a child from that country. Over the years, Jahn and Kim had a daughter, Jacey, and when she was nine-years-old, they felt it was time to pursue adoption. At that time, American adoptions in the Ukraine were not only frowned upon but legislation was being pursued to close U.S. adoptions altogether. Undeterred, the de Blecourts chose to move forward with the adoption of three-year-old Sasha (they would later name him Jacob “Jake”). Unfortunately, the prosecutor objected to their adoption on the grounds that he had two other siblings and they would be breaking up a family—one sibling was already adopted, and the other was old enough to refuse adoption, which she did. The judge didn’t agree with the prosecutor and allowed the de Blecourts to adopt Sasha. Furious, the prosecutor decided to work against them by appealing the adoption which would add months or years of legal wrangling. All the while, Sasha endured daily beatings from older kids in the orphanage. As if that wasn’t enough, while still waiting, Kim was instructed to stay off the grid or hide because of corruption. One day, Kim’s facilitator called, informing her that he found a loophole: the prosecutor didn’t get his paperwork in to the judge on time. He instructed Kim to immediately go to the judge to receive the necessary paperwork to allow the adoption. Kim tried but the prosecutor had already called demanding that they not comply by giving her the boy’s birth certificate. Yet again, Kim was forced to wait and appear in court before the judge. Surprisingly, on the day of court, the prosecutor didn’t show. Excited and still cautious, Kim received Sasha’s birth certificate and they fled to the airport. There, her facilitator hired a body guard to protect her. Due to a volcano eruption, all flights were grounded at the airport. Then, they piled into a car and headed for Moldova. In route, they were stopped, and Kim was arrested for a problem with her passport. Her bodyguard spoke to the authorities and asked that they arrest her on paper and but not take her into custody. The bodyguard offered to secure a deal by giving them his passport instead. It worked! Finally, Kim and her son made it to Moldova where they began their journey home to Michigan. She writes about her family’s ordeal in her award-winning book Until We All Come Home.

ABOUT KIM
Kim is an award-winning author, international speaker and Executive Director of Nourished Hearts, a non-profit serving orphaned and vulnerable children in the Odessa Oblast area of Ukraine. She is passionate about her relationship with God, caring for the fatherless, and encouraging others to do the same. Besides writing, she loves reading, taking long walks, and singing on the worship team. Kim and her family reside in Michigan.

Working with Stepan Koisa, who is a social worker by trade and also helps run Nourished Hearts in the Ukraine, they have developed a relationship with the government where they operate out of the Island of Hope Center. They provide tutoring classes, meals, medical help, and mentoring. In addition, children can stay there when orphanages close for the holidays. They are also working to help orphans that age out of the system. 

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Author of: I Call You Mine (New Hope, 2018)

2013 Reader’s Favorite award-winner, Until We All Come Home (FaithWords, Nov. 6, 2012)

Founder and president, Nourished Hearts (Holland, MI)

International speaker

Married to Jahn

Two children, Jacey and Jake

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