Monday, June 28, 2010

Our Story

We hope to have our story featured on the Chosen:  Marathon for Adoption site.  Here it is: 

Kyle and I have discussed the possibility of adoption for a couple of years now.  We initially considered it as simply one option out of many, but as time went by, we felt more and more resolved to begin the steps it takes to adopt internationally.

We are church planters in the Austin area, and are deeply committed to living missionally in our world.  As followers of Christ, we are called to care for orphans and to be known for our love of others.  Our child will come from an orphanage in Calcutta, the city where Mother Teresa shed light on the darkness of poverty and outcasts.  For us, there is no greater picture of the good news than adoption.  Over the past several years, we have found meaning and fulfillment with friends and our "chosen family" - people who have become like brothers and sisters to us.  Our story is also their story, and we are excited about our community of faith joining with us in this!

We are still in the beginning stages of our adoption through Dillon International, and are prepared for a two-year journey that will test our patience and resolve.  But we know that the power of faith, hope, and love can change the world and we are excited to see what God does in the life of our new child.  

The Chosen: Marathon for Adoption is a very special way for us to raise funds.  A postpartum health condition initially opened our hearts to adoption, and I have pursued a healthier lifestyle through races like this one.  Over the past three years, I have lost 115 pounds, done two half-marathons and a triathlon, and now am ready to run my first full marathon!  I am excited to reach a personal goal, challenge others to do the same, and, in addition, raise support to bring a child home from India. 

Those who register and indicate that they are a part of Team Sears will have 100% of their race fees designated to help us fund our adoption.  Please consider joining us!  For more information about our journey, follow us online at our blog.

Kyle and Erika Sears (Hutto, TX)

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