Polina’s Promise: A story of hope, redemption, and dreams come true

“I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him.” Job 29:12

By: Dana Baran

I have a story to share with you. It’s a story that shows the power of God and how deep a mother’s love can go. The main characters in my story are a mom named Kendra Skaggs and her daughter Polina (you can read Polina’s side of the story here.) Kendra’s life is a testimony to God’s healing grace (hopefully sometime soon she can tell you more about it here in her own words). The Lord has taken the deep hurt her heart has suffered and transformed it into sacrificial love. Kendra has a great husband named Jason and a wonderful, spunky son named Carter. She loved her little family, but deep down she longed for a daughter. She recognized this desire as a God-given burden to adopt, and began searching through various databases for the girl she knew was supposed to be hers. She found her. Polina was five years old, growing up in an orphanage in a distant country. She had multiple health challenges that could not be properly addressed where she was. She needed a family, and Kendra knew that she belonged with hers. Kendra and Jason began the long, expensive, complicated journey toward a foreign adoption. God blessed their efforts and everything seemed to be on track. Their court appointments were finalized and the “gotcha date” was scheduled. Then the unthinkable happened. The government of Polina’s country passed a law that made it illegal for anyone from the United States to adopt a child from that country. Kendra and Jason were devastated. Even though their adoption had been finalized before the law went into effect they now had no guarantee that they could actually bring Polina home. The last time Kendra had seen Polina she’d promised her that when she saw her again Polina would get to go with them. Now Kendra battled the fear that she wouldn’t be able to keep that promise, clinging to the knowledge that God is all-knowing and His power is greater than any law. God proved His faithfulness once again, and Jason and Kendra got to bring Polina home with them for good. Although Polina’s story has a happy ending (not easy, but happy) Kendra’s heart continues to ache for the orphans and adoptive families that have been kept apart. She has answered God’s calling by starting a non-profit adoption advocacy service called Polina’s Promise. It’s still in the beginning stages, and prayer and financial support are needed. You can find out more by liking their facebook page.

This was just a short synopsis of this incredible tale of faith and love. I want to invite you to see the whole story. An independent film company from Polina’s birth country has made a documentary chronicling the Skagg’s adoption journey. Jason and Kendra are hosting a premiere party and fundraiser for Polina’s Promise this Saturday (Nov. 16th) at 6:30pm at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers. For all the details and to RSVP go here.

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