Saturday, March 1, 2014

Time to say Thank you! Time to stay focused!

  God's word clearly reveals His mighty love for us and this has been a reality for us through many people lately. We had our first fundraiser for Zee and Lana at our school and it was awesome! The children snuggled with parents and friends, munched on freshly popped popcorn and enjoyed a really great family film! We really couldn't have asked for more! Many of our friends we have not seen over the winter came by in full support. We had time to chat and give details about the adoption that I cannot post. It was really a Blessed evening!

    I also wanted to interrupt this post for families we know that are adopting now as well. I hope and pray this encourages you.  Joy comes in those loving people who Pray, support and give during and even after the adoption process. It is very important not to get caught up in those who judge, oppress and outright condemn adoption. There is always what I call a "push back" when you  begin this journey to bring home children exiled to institutions or forever fatherless situations. I cant pinpoint any one reason why these things occur except when I search my sweet saviors words in the Bible.

  God's word says we will have trouble in this world. We need to FEAR NOT. FEAR NOT that folks may not understand the special needs of our kids. FEAR NOT, that our adoptive kids may need us longer than the raised from birth biological child. FEAR NOT, that comments about adoption will come and you will need to reply with love and education.  FEAR NOT that you will need thicker skin, greater courage and God's perfect wisdom to be an advocate for the same reasons over and over to pursue what is best for your kids.  FEAR NOT, simply because our Christ has overcome the world and get this...He loves you and all of your kiddos very much! He is for us and not against us!

   My heart breaks when I read some posts from friends on the journey of adoption right now, that have been bruised and hurt over the opposition. I am praying for you. I know how it feels. When comparing it to the greater persecution ( if I could even call it that ) it is really a widow's mite. However, during the process a little comment can have a powerful place in our hearts as adopting parents.

   Stay focused on the Love God has poured out over your family during this time, THROUGH AMAZING LOVING PEOPLE!  Listen and pray with those who are an encouragement. Run from anyone who isn't! Remember sometimes our hearts are just too sensitive and we are better off somewhere else instead of standing in the midst of the battle. Our hearts are soft now for a reason. God is preparing us to forgive greatly. When it gets rough, just pull all of your expectations into your lap and give them to Jesus. He knows exactly what to do with them.

  Thank those who are standing for the orphans and your adopting family. Thank them and love them! Tell them that what they are doing is going to change the world for many! Shower them with prayer and be attentive to the needs they are having in their families. Introduce them to the reason most of us adopt. Christ adopted us first! He died in place of our sin on the cross so that we have an inheritance. That inheritance is HEAVEN! He did not leave us as orphans either! Praise Him!

 Lastly, Thank you to so many of you that have done and been the refuge for our family! Your kindness and prayers have increased our Faith greatly and we are incredibly Blessed by you! Thank you, that with our Lord, you have lifted up our heads and sent us forward into this adoption! You are in the midst of some miraculous happenings and our God is so pleased! You have encouraged us, strengthened us and made a way for us to steady our feet in this journey. Your replies of prayer mean more to us than we can ever express! We long to be prayed for! Thank you Thank you Thank you! God Bless you in your families and all your hands seek to accomplish for God's greater Glory!

God Bless you,

Funding  Updates......

Mulenex Ebay sales (ongoing)- 1,000.00 my mom and dad sold a precious chess set to get the kids home ( : Thank you Mom and Dad

Family Movie night (event ended 2/28/14) -  800.00
Our Gracie Barra Family came out in droves to help us! You are all a huge Blessing!

Prayer and support letters so far (ongoing)- 700.00
We send these out weekly to ask for prayer and support and are hoping for a group of 376 people to pray and equip us to get Lana and Zee home and continue holding us in prayer during adjustment and homecoming!

Total raised 2/28/14

Thank you!

Fundraisers to come are still...

Waiting on a few documents to turn in our matching grant application through Life Song for Orphans

Both hands project....working on a local widows house while raising funds...

A 5K run...

Possible silent auction

Possible Tournament at Gracie Barra.....

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