Joanna and I dated all through high school and got married in college. We knew all along that we were going to start our family through adoption. Once we finished grad school we started the process to adopt our first child. We prayed about it and felt led to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Immediately after signing the official documents to be placed with our child, we found out they Congolese government suspended all adoptions. So we decided to pack up everything and fly over and live with our son while we waited for the suspension to lift. We left in June, expecting to be home by August. We ended up staying in the DRC until April, 10 months in total. While there we were able to navigate the paperwork and get our son home. While there, we also spent a lot of time working with missionaries and visiting orphanages with our son. Our heart grew for the children of Congo and soon after returning to the US, we started the process to adopt our daughter. In the summer of 2018, we partnered with some incredible missionaries who were building a school for 1,000 children in one of the poorest communities in Kinshasa. Future protects include orphan care, educational services, and food/water projects.