Help the Harder's Bring Home

This adoption journey has been a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. We invite you to hear our story.

In January of 2016 we were introduced, via a picture, to a little orphan girl from China. We were drawn to her right away and wanted to know more of her story. At the time, we were told she had very serious problems with her heart. Despite this news, we were still drawn to her and were eager to find out more.

The baby home she lives at was kind enough to share some of her medical information with us. Unfortunately, it was, of course, all in Mandarin. Eventually we were able to get the documents translated into English. We were then connected with a great pediatric cardiologist who offered to consult with us on her condition for free. Based on what we had received we were told she has already had 2 surgeries on her heart with more to come. This was about in the middle of May of 2016.

Shortly after this, we got the disappointing news that she was at an orphanage in China that had an exclusive relationship with an adoption agency in Canada and therefore could only be adopted to Canada. It was sad news as we had started investing our hearts into this little girl. We found out shortly after (early June) that there were rumblings of a change in leadership at this particular orphanage and the orphanage as a whole was open to partnering with an agency in the US. We were also told that this change, if it even happened, would not be for another year. We began to communicate with the agency they believed her orphanage would partner with eventually. The agency petitioned the Chinese officials to let her profile go to them. This meant we just waited and waited, hoping to hear any news.

In January of 2017, we began our formal application with this agency, knowing that we didn’t want our paperwork to slow us down if we got an okay. A few weeks into our paperwork we got a message from the baby home, regretfully, telling us that this little girl was being pursued by a Canadian family and we would not be able to adopt her anymore. This was heartbreaking. We had a dream in our heart which included her and that dream had to change. We felt God was still calling us to adopt and wondered who God had for us.

After another few weeks, we were sitting at home and received a message on our cell phone from the Director of the Baby Home in China. She asked us if we still wanted this particular little girl. Our instant reply was “yes” “so much”. She told us that the orphanage knew how much we wanted her and encouraged the Canadian family to adopt another little girl. We were informed to sit tight for a few days. Unbeknownst to us, the Chinese officials, the baby home where she resides, the Canadian agency, and an agency in the states came together with a plan for us to be able to adopt her. We were amazed that so many people and God were working on our behalf, when we didn’t even know. We saw a closed door opened again.

Since then, we have learned more about her heart disease and complications. We have been consulting with a great pediatric cardiologist about her near and long term care. In Proverbs 13:12 it says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” We have hope for this little girl, for her heart, for her to be in a forever family, for us to be that family, and, most importantly, for her to have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. We feel we are on the cusp of seeing many of these hopes fulfilled and in that, seeing a life full of potential and promise for her.

With this new opportunity to adopt this particular little girl we have now switched adoption agencies to the one who can receive her file here in the US. We are back on the paperwork journey and also the journey of bringing a little girl home to a forever family. Our hope is to bring this little girl home as our daughter. We know this is a long journey and that we don’t yet see the ending. So, while we hope for her, we know there is still a possibility that in all the bureaucracy of international adoption things could not work out. We want to let you know that regardless of that we still feel that God is calling us to adopt some little girl, and we welcome you into this journey with us. In James 1:27 it says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

We have been amazed to watch the story of this precious child unfold. We have been in awe of seeing God work in mighty ways in our hearts, and in the hearts of people we don’t even know who have worked on our behalf. We are amazed at people’s generosity and care for a little orphan. It is in that great spirit of generosity that we humbly present our request to you. Our family has stepped out in joy, in obedience, and in trust that God will continue to pave the way to bring our little girl home. The cost will be about $39,000, an overwhelming large amount. We know God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. We know God calls the church to tend to the widows and the orphans. And we eagerly await, watching and seeing how God will provide to bring this girl home.
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Jeremiah & Rebecca Harder

Created May 08, 2018 New Auburn, WI

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