Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Heart of the Gospel

Welcome Facebook friends and family! I'm glad we got your curiosity aroused and you are looking at our blog! If you have time and want to read our story from the beginning to present, I encourage you to go to the first posting in January and read your way up. If you just want a synopsis, read on!
God has placed orphans on our hearts. A quote from John Piper sums it up : "The deepest and strongest foundation for adoption is located not in the act of humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. And this act is not part of his ordinary providence in the world; it is at the HEART OF THE GOSPEL." We have just begun the adventure of adoption! We have already faced criticism from a few of those close to us, because we already have been blessed with three biological children. Why would we want a fourth or a fifth or.....? I agree, this is not going to be easy, but God never promised us an easy life. However, he has commanded us to follow His leading. When He grips your heart to do something, you obey-not out of fear of the consequences, but out of pure love and desire to glorify His name. Kris and I are so excited, but also anxious. We are having our first two home-studies on April 26 and 27. If all runs smoothly, our first daughter (our fourth flower!) should arrive home from China in approx. one year.
So where do you fall in? I will be happy to answer questions-many of them will be answered if you read the entries from earlier. The first and most important thing we need is prayer. Pray our first daughter home! Pray for strength for us as we stay up long nights working on the extensive list of requirements for our home-study. Secondly, please support us in this. Even if God has not put a similar burden for orphans on your heart, we need your support. Ask us often about how things are going. Get involved in orphan care and support by researching the world-wide needs around you. Buy the book Orphanology and cry out to God with us for mercy on the millions of orphans in the world who are suffering and hopeless. And last of all, be followers on this blog! We want to keep you informed and share this exciting and faith-challenging process with you.


  1. Congratulations, Dixon family! A special little girl out there will soon have the great blessing of joining your family. I think this is excellent news! I pray that God walks beside your family each step of the way.

  2. I commit to pray for your family! I love you and am with you in this journey.

  3. That's such exciting news Tonya and Chris! We will be praying with you!
    Sarah and Lee

  4. Kris & Tonya - we are so excited for you!!! Since your mom called and told me the good news, I have been thinking a lot about when we started our process for the boys. I remember getting the phone call that they had a sibling group and we were so excited. We will pray that the process will go smoothly and that we will be able to meet that little girl really soon. Congrats!!! Aunt Gail & Uncle Mark

  5. That precious little girl will be so blessed to be a part of your loving family! We are so excited for you, and look forward to sharing this journey with your family. Our love and prayers,
    Regina and Kent