But as we were leaving, the Community leader said something to us. He said that we are the only M family he knows, in which the sum is greater than the parts.
In my mind, that was the greatest compliment he could have given us. Because that is an answer to our prayers, proof that this life we live is not a "Josh" or a "Josh and Renee" one, but that of the whole family.
In 2004, I was preparing to go to China as a single man. While that was not my desire, I had no choice; China is where I belonged. There was another man from my state in the same position as I was, and as we would travel together we would often pray for our wives and the people Father would bring into our life. I do not know exactly what he prayed, but my own prayer was a simple one.
"Father, I need a partner. I need someone who loves China as much as I do, someone whose dreams and callings can work with mine."
I knew that to find such a woman, she would have to already be there, living the life she was called to.
As I got on the plane to head to language school, my Mom told me that the next time she would see me, I would be with my wife. My Mom knew where my partner was, and that is what actually happened!
Renee and I fell in love quickly, and we began to see how we helped each other, and how our dreams were compatible, and how we could fall in step together. Separate dreams, coming together to form a bigger one.
Then it was time to have kids. As we began the adoption process, we prayed for them. Not for a boy or girl, not for one or two. But that they would be the right kids, the ones that would share our passions, and carry that on to people we could not reach.
They have that. A family of one, became a family of two, which became a family of four, and finally a family of five. All sharing a desire to reach a group that is desperately searching.
We have become a family of five. With different strengths and weaknesses. Yet all sharing a common dream. We may accomplish it a different way, and not always agree on how it should be done. But we truly are a family thats sum is greater than its parts. And the most beautiful thing is that the Master knew all about it and had it all worked out long before a 9 year old boy received his own, individual calling.