Truth sets you free.
Over the past 10 months we have done our best to teach Caroline and Jonathan to LOVE truth.
A few weeks ago Jonathan approached Chris and said, “Caroline, I think we should tell dad the truth…”
This began what was every adoptive families’ worst nightmare and best dream.
Through a 3rd investigation it was discovered that our adoptive children (who we believed were double-orphans) in fact had LIVING parents.
This was a snapshot of their reunions:
These 4 pictures fill me with emotion that I don’t have all the words for yet…but they bring deep healing for my soul. I can see the joy on Caroline and Jonathan’s face and I especially LOVE how Jonathan is “holding” his mom’s arm in the affectionate way he used to hold mine…it brings me GREAT hope for their future together!
The LONG story long goes like this…
- First and foremost, Caroline and Jonathan in December BOTH accepted Christ in to their little lives at Watoto Children’s service.
- They have been valued and taught to make friends.
- They have learned excellent English.
- We were told by the headmaster at Restoration Gateway that Caroline and Jonathan are kind, well-disciplined children.
- They have had their needs met physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for the past 9 months.
- Not to mention they are OUT of the Ugandan homes that trafficked them!
- We have learned to adapt to a different culture.
- To not hold tightly to the things of this world–even the people that He gives us.
- And incredibly–even though Restoration Gateway was not on our radar…it is the final destination of our journey here in Africa.
18 thoughts on “The Most Elaborate Foster Plan Ever Orchestrated…”
Oh, Jenni, my heart just aches for you! I know how much you love them and how absolutely hard this must be. I am keeping you all in my prayers! Since we've become foster parents, I've seen how God doesn't waste anything. It isn't the same situation, but if you ever need to talk, please let me know! It took me days before I felt like I could breathe again after giving back a baby so I know how much pain you must be in. You guys are all so inspirational with how you've said yes to God. Miss you!
Praying my friends. Let us know how we can help.
If u can share any suggestions on things to look for that could be red flags I'd love to know! We're adopting from Uganda and it's always in the back of my mind that our lil guy is truly an orphan even though an investigation has been done. Thanks for sharing your journey and heart. It's appreciated.
Sometime God puts challenges to us that we don't understand, but everything happens according to His plan. You were sent there to have a positive impact on a child's life, and they learned about love from a great family. We've been blessed to have you as a part of our lives, and you'll continue to be God's messenger on this journey. Take care, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Jenni and Chris ~ you guys are amazing and I love you both. I am praying for you guys and personally I have a good feeling about this which goes something like this…. these two children will grow up and do GREAT things with their lives ! and they will never ever forget you and always think of you as family! = ) I will continue to pray.
Chris and Jenni, thank you for a great example of how God moves when we (you) step (stepped) out in faith. Chris, as you left Raleigh the last time, I was certain you were not coming back any time soon. I was elated that you were truly stepping out in faith and I was excited for you. We sing “how great is our God.” You are truly experiencing the answer to that question and through you, the two of you, we are able to grasp a small understanding as well. Blessings to the Cockerhams!
Praying for all of you and offering thanksgiving for how you so lovingly gave – although unknown to you – foster care to those two precious children. You taught them trust and truth -telling, you allowed them to learn valuable, life-long skills in connection and attachment, and because of your family they met Jesus! Your willing obedience to God's call in your lives has caused just a tiny portion of what He has planned for all of you to come into clearer focus! Rob and I are waiting expectantly and praying with you ! Love and blessings!
Nicola – have you hired a NEUTRAL 3rd party to do a PI? They shouldn't be associated with anyone in your process. Are you on the Truth for UG group on Facebook? Some great resources on there.
Wow! Thanks for sharing, for living the gospel, for … Will continue to pray!
There is no doubt that God put the perfect family in Jonathan and Caroline's path. I admire you all so much and thank you for sharing your hearts with us. The Livolsi family will be praying for you all!
This story is so heart breaking and wonderful…how can that be? These precious children were “used” by those who were given the privilege of caring for them without any regard for the impact it would have on them and on others. The most beautiful part of the story is that these children desire God's truth and they have already learned that God's way is truth. How beautiful that these little ones wanted to tell the truth and felt loved enough to tell the truth. What brave children! God can sort this all out, so we can praise Him for his goodness in every situation. May you and your family find peace in knowing that you have taught these precious little ones one of life's greatest lessons…honesty is God's best way to live!
Hello, I really enjoyed all that you have shared. I will be arriving to serve at RG on Sept 1-Nov 1st and I look forward to meeting your family. To God be the Glory, praying for your family to heal and rest Gods hands. Desiree'
Amazing. God is Great!
Hugs… hard, but so so so good!
Thank you for sharing. It's nice to read that they are back where they belong, their world's are righted, and that you're peaceful.
Hi Jenni, hope you are well. I'm living in Kampala and trying to get in touch with you. I don't suppose you could pls drop me a line when you get a chance on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0775 220 549? Thanks.