Simply Elevate Issue 6 June 2013 - Page 8

Kendras Tribe Story by: Kimm Fromm Foster Photography: Keith Foster t appeared Kendra and Steve Scheerer had the perfect family. They had two happy, healthy children – a boy and a girl. They both had fulfilling careers. And after 10 years of marriage, their life was filled with love. But for this St. Joseph, Mo., couple, something was missing. Thus began their journey toward international adoption. Even while dating, the couple talked about someday adopting orphans from a third-world nation. “We felt called by God to adopt from a country where abject poverty is prevalent and education and medical care are limited,” Kendra said. I Journey toward adoption In 2008, with two small children of their own, the Scheerers began exploring adoption in several countries where the number of orphans was sky-rocketing. Afte r much research and prayer, they decided to pursue adoption in Ethiopia where there are four million orphans. “God led us to take this risk to achieve a truly fulfilling life,” Steve said. would have two more children who looked alike. They already had two blond-haired, blue-eyed children. feature 8 For nearly two years, the couple dealt with home visits, adoption agencies and government red tape. They also spent many hours studying the Ethiopian culture and the challenges of adopting children from another country. The Scheerers also used this The process began in January time to raise the funds needed to 2009 when they submitted their cover the cost of adoption, which adoption application for two totaled nearly $30,000. children between the ages of 2 and 5. From the beginning, the On Christmas Eve 2010, they Scheerers knew they wanted received an amazing gift -- the to adopt two children so they phone call notifying them they 9