This is Ryan and Jennifer. We have known them for 8 years, and we are so excited that they are now part of the Promise Love Family! Their story is truly amazing and you can be a part of it! They watched us walk through both our foster and adoption journeys, and it is so exciting that they are on a journey of their own!
Ryan and Jennifer are both in ministry, and have been since 2001 when they got married and began working with students full-time. Since then, their ministry journey has brought them to Florida where they continue to serve a growing church on the East Coast. Ryan works as a Worship and Student Pastor while Jennifer uses her gifts in Christian Counseling to help trauma victims.
It wasn’t that long ago that a visit to the Promise Love Foundation helped them get ready for what God was about to do. After several visits, lots of long talks, and much prayer, Ryan and Jennifer made a decision to say yes if God provided an opportunity for them to adopt. Although it had been a long time in the making, the official decision to say yes to adoption was made on a Monday and the very next day God opened that very door! A young mother was bravely choosing adoption and desired a loving family for her baby, and someone thought Ryan and Jennifer might be the perfect family for that baby.
The day they got the call that the birth mother had chosen them, Jennifer remembers reflecting on her prayer journal from exactly one-year prior. Exactly a year before, the Lord had given her two very important passages of Scripture while on a trip to the mountains. The first passage was from Psalms 20: 1-5 which said…
May the Lord answer you [and]…protect you.
May he send you help… and grant you support…
May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.
And the second verse was Gen 18:10, which read “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Through that verse, God gently spoke to Jennifer about their desire to have a family and in those verses He even provided a name for the son they were believing God to provide. Jennifer couldn’t explain how, but she came home from the mountains in June 2013 telling Ryan that God had promised a son whose name would be Grant but they would have to wait a year for his arrival. Imagine their shock and awe when their life-changing phone call came exactly one year to the date of that amazing journal entry
The confirmation came just a few weeks after that first phone call that the baby was indeed a boy! Now Ryan and Jennifer are walking by faith, trusting God to provide all that they need to bring Baby Grant home from the hospital at the end of this year. So, Promise Love Foundation is here to help. We have created an adoption fund for Baby Grant and are now accepting tax-deductible donations. Ryan and Jennifer recently shared with us that together they have 1,201 friends on Facebook. If each one of those friends gives $20 to Promise Love, then their whole adoption would be covered! Let’s help Baby Grant find his forever family by all giving a little which will mean a lot!
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