In 2008 our eyes and hearts were opened to the cause of the estimated 163 million orphans in our world today. While we found this statistic overwhelming, it began to ignite the fire in our heart when we started to place a name and face to the “statistic”, even asking the question of what if that was Parker or Clayton, our two biological boys. Adoption wasn’t about just adding another child to our family, wasn’t about becoming a good humanitarian, but at the root of our adoption is the adoption we have received from our God to whom we can cry, “Abba Father”.
Through this adoption journey we have been changed forever, we have seen God do amazing miracles and it’s an honor to be His hands and feet in this world. 163 million orphans is a huge statistic, but there is one less living in the world today, in a family that will love and protect her as every child was designed to have!
We have been involved with starting a non profit, in southern california. It is an orphan care and adoption support ministry that encourages and empowers believers to utilize the resources that God has given them to serve orphaned children both locally and globally. We have seen children find forever homes and many families blessed by financial & personal support through this group. It is a blessing to see families and individuals in our community respond to God’s call to minister to these children.
After bringing Selah home in 2011, our hearts continued to be broken for these precious children we had seen and loved on during our time in Ethiopia. It was as if God had deposited something in us during our two trips to Ethiopia. Our expectation of coming home and getting back to “business as usual” wasn’t something that was going to work. We soon realized that this journey God had us on was far from over and in many regards just beginning.
In late 2011, we began to seek God for direction and peace over this unsettled heart for Ethiopia. With open hearts to God’s best in our life, we started to pursue a number of opportunities in how we could serve God to the nations. It was quickly clear that God had placed this fire in our hearts to do something more in Ethiopia. Ian connected with a ministry doing work in Ethiopia and was invited to join them for a mission trip in November 2011. For the third time in 2011, Ian would be back in Ethiopia but this time with a more specific purpose of exploring the call to move there. 2011, was certainly a huge year of refinement and capacity expansion…
God has called us to Ethiopia, and we believe even beyond, to serve Him by serving others, specifically the orphans and vulnerable, while working to educated and empower them through sustainable development.
We are asking you to stand with us, to give a voice to the voiceless in a world that desperately needs to know the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will keep you update through our blog posting as we continue to raise support in order to move Ethiopia.
After years of successfully operating and expanding business ventures in Southern California, Ian began to open his eyes and heart up to a journey that led him to Ethiopia in 2011 with the adoption of his daughter. As an entrepreneur, Ian started a business in college with a few hundred dollars that he would ultimately sell for thousands while opening up doors leading into other business ventures. Before starting Steadfast Love, Ian was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a real estate developer in California where he learned a variety of entrepreneurial and business skills that have proven to be essential to the international business and mission field. Through the adoption of his daughter, God radically opened his heart and gave him a vision to reach out to those that are vulnerable by helping to empower them by means of sustainable social and business development. He holds a high standard of uncompromised integrity and devotion in everything that he does. Ian earned his BS degree in Business Management and Marketing from California State University San Marcos, attended Bible school in Austria, and holds a California Broker’s license in Real Estate. Ian and Brittany have been attending the Ranch Church, a Calvary Chapel church for the past 6 six years. Ian also served as an Elder at the Ranch Church.
“I want to be known as a man who is willing to give it all up for the One who gave it all up for us, I’m inspired by the words in Acts 4 where Peter and John were not backing down to the most powerful council in the land and it says in verse 13, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that there men has been with Jesus.” I’m amazed with what God will do when we fully trust Him.”-Ian
Ian’s Email- email@example.com
Creativity, determination, and a heart of compassion are a few of the strengths that drive Brittany in her passion for the orphan and voiceless. After a trip to Papua New Guinea in 2002, Brittany realized that God had planted a seed towards adoption that would later lead her to Ethiopia after starting a family of her own. Brittany went to the Fall semester of the Torchbearers Bible school in Austria in 2000. After two trips to Ethiopia in 2011, It was clear that God was building an experience that would be used for more than the adoption of her daughter. Brittany also serves as one of the founders for an orphan care non profit in California where she has been able to encourage others in California to pursue how they fit into God’s call to serve the orphan and widow. Brittany earned her BA in Graphic Design from San Diego State and does freelance design work on the side. Her main job is to love and take care of their 3 kids.
Brittany’s Email- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
UPDATE: We are in the process of adopting a waiting
child (9 year old girl) here in Ethiopia,
hoping she will officially be a Bentley this spring!