Sisters Jasmine (8), and Eva (6) had recently been taken in by new foster parents over the summer when they were attending Vacation Bible School in east Tennessee.
One of the activities during the program allowed the children to send prayer balloons into the sky, asking God for a prayer request that was on their hearts. Jasmine and Eva both knew that what they wanted most — even after only two months with them — was to be adopted by their foster parents, Lynn and Dennis. Their prayer, written on an index card before being placed in the balloon, said:
The balloon was sent into the sky along with those of 30 other children who each had their own special request for God. The sisters’ balloon traveled all the way to Maryland, where it was found by someone with a good heart, who mailed the prayer request back to the girls’ foster parents.
Lynn and Dennis took the return of the girls’ prayer balloon to be a sign that God did indeed want them to adopt the sisters as their own children.
Lynn said, Everybody prayed over them and we released these balloons there were 30 of these that we released, and the girls’ balloon was the only one to this day that came back to us. I can just see God taking this balloon and blowing it in the right direction. To be found and be sent back to us to tell us he approves for us to be able to adopt these girls.
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Although the girls had prayed for a Christmas adoption, they didn’t have to wait that long. Lynn and Dennis adopted Jasmine and Eva this past Tuesday after completing the process with their adoption agency and the Department of Children’s Services.
Lynn, Dennis, Jasmine and Eva will be able to enjoy their first Christmas together as a permanent family in just a few weeks, thanks to the unlikely events that coalesced to make the girls’ prayer request a reality.