Learn Godâ€™s heart for adoption from adoptive parent and orphan care advocate, Kim de Blecourt.
- In 2003, Kim de Blecourtwas on a missions trip
when she visited an orphanage in Ukraine.
Then and there she decidedthat when the time was right,
she and her husband wouldadopt a Ukrainian child.
Little did she know how difficult
that decision would turn out to be.
- [Narrator] Kim de Blecourtis an award-winning author
and founder of Nourished Hearts,
an organization that workswith orphans in the Ukraine.
But she never dreamed that her own family
would be caught in themiddle of corruption
forcing them to hidewhile adopting their son.
Despite those difficulties,Kim says caring
for the fatherless is a privilege
and shares personal storiesin her book, I Call You Mine.
- Please welcome to the700 Club, Kim de Blecourt.
It's great to have you here.
- Thank you, Terry.
- Kim, talk a little bit aboutwhy you decided to adopt.
You're on this missions trip.
Had the thought occurred toyou earlier in your life?
- It had, I kind of alwaysknew that adoption somehow
was going to be a part of my story.
- You encountered, I mean,there are always obstacles
with international adoption along the way,
but yours were a bit extreme.
Talk about some of the obstacles
that you went through in this process.
- Well, our story is byno means the normal story.
- [Terry] Don't be fearful, people.
- No, don't be, and don't let it stop you.
There was a prosecutor, ayoung aggressive prosecutor
who was very Moscow leaning.
He decided that he didn'tthink it was a good idea
to adopt children fromUkraine to United States
at that point, and so hewas being a real stickler.
It just became a personalvendetta between him and I.
- Because technically you had approval
from the local officials that you needed,
but he just wouldn'tlet up, or was it a he?
- It was a he, yeah, as a matter of fact,
we had already processed our son
legally out of the orphanage,so you know the process
that's involved in that, right?
- [Terry] Yes.
- But he got somebody toaccept an appeal late,
and that was the beginningof our year long struggle
to get our son home.
- What an ordeal.
Anywhere along the way, did you ever say
maybe I'm not supposed to do this?
How did you keep the faith?
You must have had such a word from God
that it sustained you.
- I did, I really did.
There were people who said,
"Perhaps, Kim, this is a closed door.
"Your family's alreadyback here in America.
"Perhaps you should be with them.
"What are you doing staying there?"
But God doesn't callus to the comfortable.
- [Terry] Amen.
- And I believe that whenyou've been called of God
to do something, you see it through.
He will give you that strength.
I was by no means the perfectposter child for this.
I struggled greatly duringthat year apart from my family.
- Talk a little bit about whathappened when you came home,
because people see adoptedfamilies out and about,
and they just think, oh,what a wonderful experience,
and it is wonderful in its very own way.
But it's fraught withall kinds of challenges
and hoops to jump through.
What did you experience when you finally
brought your son home?
- Well, he had a lot ofsensory deprivation issues,
so there was a lot of offand on with the light switch,
on and off fascination with water,
flushing the toilet constantly,
flushing things downthe toilet constantly.
There's just some things thatperhaps you don't expect,
but every time something would happen,
I would feel this little nudge from God,
"I kinda know how thatfeels with you, Kim."
And that's what thechurch is missing out on
if they're not involved in work
with vulnerable and orphaned children.
- This is the last day of theNational Month of Adoption.
What should the church'srole be in all of this?
Because there are childrenwho are so hurting.
You and I both have children
who are in the very small percentage
of orphans that will find a family.
Many will not, but more could.
Talk about the church's role.
- I believe the churchhas always been called
to the role of caring for the fatherless,
way back with the Jewishpeople and through today.
I tend to think we look at it
as more of a governmental concern,
but the church's role in this care
has never been done away with.
I hope that this book canreally make that clearer
for people that just can't see it yet.
- What you talked about,sharing just a little
of the challenge of whatyour son went through
in normalizing, if you will, once he came,
you know really onlysomeone who knows the Lord
can be patient in theunderstanding of that,
because God spoke to your heart.
But that would be a huge irritation
if you didn't know that God was in it.
Your faith played a huge part in this.
- Oh, certainly, it certainly did.
But I also think that alot of adoptive parents
feel that they're alone in it.
- Yes, oh, it's such alonely place to be, isn't it?
- It can be, and with foster care,
really any care of vulnerablechildren like that,
or even going into publiccan bring on added stress,
- God's Word is always there for us.
Faith is a huge part of this for me.
- When you went to get your son,
and then finally brought him home,
did you know that thesethings would happen?
Did you feel prepared as an adoptive mom?
- You know, I didn't feelprepared for what we went through,
no, 'cause we were toldwe'd be home in four weeks,
at the outset maybe six,
and 50 weeks is a little bitdifferent than that, right?
- [Terry] Just a tad.
- The thing that I loved about it though
is that God took things from my life
to enable me with himbeside me, of course,
to be able to do this, tobe able to see that through.
There's no way I couldhave done it without God,
but I do see parts of mylife where he helped me.
- You also talk soeloquently about the fact
that we are adopted as well,
and that adoption is actually a picture
of what God has done for us.
- Oh, it is, he is the ultimate,
he is the model adoptive parent.
He sacrificed his only child
so that we could join his family.
That just becomes aneven richer experience
and a richer part of yourfaith when you're involved
in caring for thefatherless, don't you think?
- Absolutely, absolutely, andthat's why I just wanna say
to those of you who might have adopted,
maybe you're in the process of adopting,
maybe you're someone who is at a point
that Kim and I were both at,
at one point, just considering
whether this is God's call for you,
you need to read thisbook, it's I Call You Mine,
and it's available where books are sold.
If you'd like to hear more from Kim,
check out our Facebook interview with her.
Just go to Facebook.com/700Club.
You don't have to be alone or feel alone
and this book will guide you
through some deep water sometime.
Thank you so much, Kim, it'sso great to have you with us.
- Thank you, Terry.