With God – All Things Are Possible

…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “move from here to there” and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.     Matthew 17:20-21

Recently we sat down with Ravena, NY couple, Al and Lori Collins, to talk about their adoption of 2 little girls through the foster care system.  The Collins’s, who have 2 biological sons, Zach 25 and Jarrett 22, attend Rock Solid Church in Hudson, NY.  Lori shared that for years her heart ached to adopt internationally, but Al was opposed because of the many unknowns involved.  A few years ago Al reluctantly agreed to take the foster care classes with a local agency.  What really changed his mind was seeing these 2 little girls at their church.  Rock Solid is a church of many foster and adoptive families, including the Pastor’s family.  When Al and Lori first saw Destiny and Caitlyn, who were 3 and 4 years old at the time, they just knew the girls were theirs, even though they were with another foster family at the time.  Al and Lori began spending as much time with the girls at church as they could and began doing respite with them for the foster family who had the girls.  Destiny and Caitlyn had been in foster care for 4 years at that point, so the Collins’s inquired about the possibility of adopting them or at least becoming their foster parents.  They agency told them “no,” they wouldn’t move the girls to another family because they’d been moved around enough.  Believing that these little girls belonged in the Collins family, Lori shared that she spent a lot of time praying, crying, and praying some more, and then finally contacted a lawyer who also advised them that they didn’t have a chance to get the girls.

But, God in His Word, promises to move mountains when we step out with that mustard seed of faith.  When the Collins’s learned of a placement hearing for the girls, they contacted another lawyer who advised them to go to the court hearing.  Even with no legal rights Al and Lori went to court, but the case never made it before the judge that day.  Before the next hearing date the county contacted the couple stating that they’d reconsidered, but informed them that there was no way the judge would agree to placing the girls with them.  However, mountains were indeed moved and on July 19, 2012 the judge never even questioned their request and placed the girls in the Collins’ home and did something that was also unheard of – he scheduled a possible adoption date for December 17, 2012.  The adoption became official on that date, miraculously the Collins’s were even in court to finalize their adoption on the exact same day that their pastor and his family was finalizing the adoption of their little boys.

Today, Destiny 7 and Caitlyn 6, are healthy, soccer playing, ballet dancing, horse riding, happy little girls with a forever family!  To hear more of the Collins’s adoption story download their radio interview on this site.  *Show will be added to site soon!