Jeffrey and Kristine Moore's incredible adoption story all started with a calling—a vision from God that led the husband and wife on a 10-year journey that culminated in 2017 in Peru when they lovingly adopted four adorable siblings: Elizabeth, Jhonatan, Mariaelena and Talia.
It's a story of faith, hope, patience, and perseverance. Despite facing pitfalls and challenges along the way, Jeffrey and Kristine persisted and carried through with the plans they believed God had set before them.
And it's particularly remarkable considering Jeffrey's initial reluctance to adopt — something that eventually changed in a dramatic way.
"We had an early discussion in our marriage about adoption," Jeffrey recently told PureFlix.com, noting that the adoption conversation was sparked after they faced two miscarriages. "At the time I had said, 'I don't think I could adopt. I don't think I could love a child that wasn't my own biologically.'"
But Jeffrey believes God worked on his heart—a transformation that unfolded after he had a life-altering vision.
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"The story of adoption began because God called us to it. I had a vision, and it was really, really powerful," Jeffrey said. "I was floating in the ocean at night. It was very calm and peaceful, and I was being carried by something in the water, like a current pushing me toward something."
He recalls the water getting shallow and walking on a beach of what appeared to be a deserted tropical island. That's when he saw something brilliant.
"There were all of these jewels or gemstones that were lying around in the sand, and every one of them was glowing with this internal fire," Jeffrey explained. "All these points of light ... and I just felt compelled to reach out and pick one up."
At that point, the vision ended, but Jeffrey said he felt God speak something into his spirit.
"'He said, 'My son, are you willing to be carried by my spirit to a land far away to pick up the jewels that no one else even knows about?'" he recalled, noting that he knew God wanted him and Kristine to go to another country and culture to adopt children.
From there, their harrowing journey began. The Moores turned to Adopt Together, a crowdfunding platform that helps families raise resources to complete the adoption process.
For those who don't know, adoption can be an expensive process, sometimes exceeding $30,000 — or more. And in this case, the Moores brought four children into their home. Kristine said the couple knew in their hearts that their adoption would involve multiple children.
"We knew it was going to be a big number," she said.
The couple learned many lessons throughout the ups and downs they faced along the way. Jeffrey, a long-time petroleum geologist, lost his job in 2015 just as the couple was rounding the corner toward the end of their adoption journey.
They soon found themselves asking, "What does this mean for the adoption?" But rather than look back or give up, they forged on and kept trusting in God's plan for their lives.
And that trust paid off. Jeffrey and Kristine and their biological son, Joshua, traveled to Peru in 2017 and brought home Elizabeth, Jhonatan, Mariaelena and Talia. The four siblings were the only children adopted from Peru into the U.S. in 2017.
Kristine also spoke to the importance of having a good support system while journeying through the adoption process.
"It's very important to have the support from not only people who have adopted, but also friends' support, and family support," she said. "Share hope together."
As for Elizabeth, Jhonatan, Mariaelena and Talia, the couple said the children have done very well transitioning to life in the U.S.
"Our kids have been phenomenal," she said, noting that the family continues to journey through the growing pains of going from having one child to five. "If anyone says, 'What's the greatest joy, it is seeing the kids love Jesus."
Jeffrey has documented the family's journey in the book, We Believed: Our Ten-Year Journey Pursuing God's Promises to Adopt Four Children. He's hoping the book can help people recognize the Lord's dreams for their lives—even beyond adoption—so that they can fulfill God's purposes as well.
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