"I was born in Oradea, Romania, behind the Iron Curtain, in September 1989. My birthmother already had a daughter who she was struggling to provide for, and as she couldn’t legally procure an abortion in that country (by God’s grace), she made the hard decision to put me in an orphanage. After the Romanian Communist dictator was overthrown and the Iron Curtain fell in December 1989, the world began to see Romanian orphanages overflowing with babies, and a nation unable to take care of them.
A whole continent away in Texas, my adoptive parents felt an intense calling to bring one of those babies into their family. They were part of the first wave of American parents to trail-blaze international adoption in Romania. When they walked into my orphanage, they were anticipating bringing a girl home. But when my adoptive father walked by my crib, our eyes locked and he picked me up. Immediately, he knew I was his son.
From there, it was a confusing and daunting path of translators, parental rights, and court hearings. I was legally adopted on November 1, 1990, when I was 14 months old. Then, my parents began the long and painstaking process of nurturing, loving, and adjusting a malnourished, underdeveloped 'toddler' who didn’t even know how to crawl. Throughout my life, my parents have modeled the servant love of Jesus to me and my sister, who they adopted from Russia. We were not 'second chances.' We were always God’s plan for them, and they for us.
Fast forward to 2016: my wife and I are expecting our third baby in three years, all of whom caught us by surprise. Even though our children came faster than our 'plan,' we know that we serve a sovereign God who knit these children together, just as he knitted me, and placed them in our family right when He knew we needed them. My initial outlook was infinitely bleaker than my children’s, but God still had a plan for me.
I was given a Romanian name at birth, but my parents gave me the name Christopher, which means 'Christ bearer.' I #standforLIFE
because we are all image bearers of Christ, who loved us first." - Chris #StandforLIFE