Makeka’s journey to Adoption

“It was early 2015 when the thought of adopting a child came into our mind. We started praying about it as we knew this was a big step because I was already in my late 40’s and had never carried a baby in my womb. This prayer grew until I felt that I should  have a bit of an experience at least by volunteering few hours at children home. Boom a few weeks I was really “spiritual” pregnant, my husband and I started the adoption process in June that year (2015).

I thought it was going to be easy – not knowing how challenging it would become. Having to tell the naked truth to someone (the social worker) you don’t know, about your life, about your family, it wasn’t easy. There were times that I felt like giving up, there were times I felt I don’t want to do this, but deep down in my spirit I knew I wanted it, my life was not complete.

As months went by I started planning for the arrival of the baby. My prayer was so specific, I wanted a 2 year old healthy baby boy. I did I not waiver in my prayers. I trusted in God and I knew He wouldn’t disappoint me. I started exercising my faith. The first thing we bought was the car seat for the baby. I remember arriving at the home cell with the car seat inside the car – they were amazed by this act of faith and the determination as they knew adoption was a long process. Months went by and anxiety grew also because we were told we might wait for a year for the suitable baby.

Believe me I never been so specific and detailed about the kind of a baby I wanted in prayer. My husband also prayed the same. We were offered babies but all the time I would refuse because I just knew they were not what I have been asking for. Isaiah 14:2 was one of my inspirational verse (For the Lord Almighty has purpose and who can thwart Him?)

I was at work when I received the call with the news. I knew that I was not dreaming but was not sure if I was hearing correctly what I had heard. Exactly what I was praying for came exactly at the 9th month. My healthy, intelligent, masculine, handsome and loving baby boy was announced. I couldn’t hold myself together. I remembered going around praising the Name of the Lord. I knew He wouldn’t disappoint me. God works wonders, we look alike, we share the same month having the same characters.  There is nothing that bless me like being told – I LOVE YOU MOMMY.

He came into our family on the 17/03/2016 a day before his birthday. We were able to celebrate his birthday with us. Our lives are completely. I feel complete as well. My mom is also so blessed to be called granny (her first grand child). My husband do happy to have a son. Our daily prayer is for God to keep us so we can see ALL his dreams being materialized in his life. My hero, my ruby player and my future doctor.

Nonhlakanipho and Thabo Makeka

Written 20.07.2018

The day he was adopted from iThemba Lethu with Housemoms Roxie van der Linde and Ndondo Ngcobo

From left to right – Mr Handsome; with granny; with daddy; with mommy & daddy at church


Karen Brokensha

I am the Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator for iThemba Lethu. I am passionate about people, stories and fascinated by human courage, capacity and resilience!

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