Lawrence and Sherry Majewski are self-described, “common, everyday people.” But to the 8 daughters, they have adopted over the past 17 years, they are anything but “common.”
God initially formed a picture in our minds of our future as adoptive parents. Through much prayer, study, and counsel, we finally settled on adopting internationally from China. Our first 3 daughters came from their non-special needs program. In 2006, we sensed God might be prompting us to adopt a special needs child, so we began to pray, and after a period of time, it was confirmed in our minds and hearts. I saw on the agency’s website a beautiful child who had spina bifida. We knew from experience that adoptions were costly, and now we would be taking on the additional medical expenses of a special needs child who would require unknown amounts of money, emotional energy, and patience. We didn’t know how we were going to pay for it all, but we trusted God. That’s when Pathways for Little Feet entered our lives.
Each adoption brings its own challenges. For us, it was always financed. We are common, everyday people. We are not wealthy, but God provided in the financial realm. I remember when Pathways for Little Feet called us for the first time to tell us our application had been approved, asking if they could pray for us. That prayer put chills down my spine. It was as if those words were my own: the exact things for which we needed prayer. Pathways not only helped us financially, but it has come alongside of us in other ways as well. We could not have asked for more. Pathways’ help with 3 of our 8 adoptions has been irreplaceable. Pathways joined with us and helped us. They allowed us to adopt Aneyah, Brynn, and Bailey, who did not have a mom or dad, by providing us with 3 separate zero-interest loans, one in 2010, one in 2014, and one in 2017. Pathways is our saving grace.
The interest-free loan for Aneyah not only allowed us to finalize her adoption, it freed up money to pay for critical medical procedures necessary to keep her alive. She suffered with her intestines being wrapped around her stomach, a hiatal hernia, the need for an appendectomy and the removal of her gallbladder. The Pathways’ loan for Bailey, whom we adopted at age 4, also had a dramatic effect on her life. She also has spina bifida, which means she has to be catheterized. Bailey was a little girl who had been in foster care her whole life, and when she arrived at her new home, she threw temper tantrums every day for two weeks, struggling with the abrupt changes in her world. We loved her as much as she would allow, and little by little, she began to trust us, and now we have a phenomenal relationship with her. All 3 girls are a wonderful part of our family.