PIPER for the Roush family — GA

roush piperTimothy and Tanna have been married almost 18 years and have 3 biological children. Their adoption journey began with a single prayer that, once answered, changed their lives forever. This prayer simply asked God to break their hearts for what breaks His and to rise up in them a holy passion.

They adopted their youngest 2 sons from Asia in December 2013. They then returned in June 2016 to adopt their sweet daughter. At that point, they assumed their family was complete. Their house was full and happy with 6 children (ages 14, 11, 6, 5, 4, & 2 year old). They started investigating new ways they could be used in adoption/foster/orphan-care ministries. They volunteer on our church’s adoption/foster care ministry team, Tanna started the process to be trained as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for children in the foster care system, and she enjoyed her role on the board of a small domestic adoption agency. Then, in December 2016 (while on their agency’s waiting child website), they saw the face of the child who will be their 7th. Piper is 3 months younger than their youngest daughter and has Down syndrome. This adoption has been their biggest faith journey by far. They could probably list 100 things that are scary about their “yes”. So many reasons they could have said no. But, if they are strong and courageous, He promises to never fail or abandon us. And none of their reasons to say no trumped Piper’s right to have a family who adores her and stands by her in this world. So, with mustard seed sized faith and trembling hands, they are headed back to adopt their precious baby with the extra chromosome and the special need of forever people.  And they’ve stopped telling people “we are done” and/or that their family is “complete”. Piper has taught them that, because of a simple answered prayer, it’s not up to them to decide when He’s done breaking us and molding us and using us. They are indeed broken in the best possible way and He has indeed raised in them a holy passion to defend the defenseless and to walk with these children down the scary, lonely roads that they have been asked to walk.

Follow the family’s journey on their blog: roushroadtochina.wordpress.com

$1,062.15 has been donated towards the cost of our adoption!

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