Friday, August 26, 2011

Adoption. Fund Raising. Children. Families.

Today marks the first morning following a CRAZY, AMAZING journey for four families in our little church. Every one of us fund raised in some way or another. Just 25 months ago two families started the Ethiopian adoption process. One of them would leave the Ethiopia program to follow a domestic adoption. 17 months ago we started our journey that would bring us Zahra and 16 months ago the Masers started the adoption process. TODAY every single one of us is FULLY FUNDED!!! Three babes are home and little Caleb will be home SOON!

I remember several "wow that's a lot of money for a little church" comments when we all were in this process at the same time. Yep. It was. Approximately $115,000 to be exact. That's alot of money. That's a HUGE amount of money. That's where my GREAT BIG GOD stepped in. Nothing. I mean NOTHING is too big for my God. He says in his word that He sets the lonely in families. He cares for the orphan. He absolutely does. He uses you and me in different ways. Some of us get to parent them, some get to pray for them, some get to help financially, some buy shirts or cookie cutters, or necklaces, or puzzle pieces. Every single one of us CAN and MUST do something. I'm blown away that my King who can do ANYTHING, I do mean anything LETS US (little ole me) be apart of His plan for the orphan. He allows us to be used. WE GET TO DO THIS. I'm humbled, in awe, and blessed beyond measure that we get to be apart of His plan.

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families. Psalms 68:5-6

In you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:3

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9

And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. Matthew 18:5

I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! Matthew 25:40

It has been an amazing journey to walk this adoption road with some of my closest friends. To link arms, to cry together, to rejoice together, and to watch God move in our midst to bring our children home. His faithfulness overwhelms me, His goodness humbles me, His grace consumes me. Great is Your faithfulness oh God.

If you are reading this and you are feeling discouraged in your adoption journey, your fund raising or in the wait I would just encourage you that it WILL happen, Gods timing may not be our timing but HIS timing IS perfect. This walk of faith is like nothing else you will ever experience. Remember our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills! He can provide for an adoption any way He sees fit! Trust, walk, pray, repeat.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it; Psalm 24:1

Rejoice with us.....our Father does exceedingly abundantly more then we could ever ask or imagine!

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20


Connie said...

Totally rejoicing with you all! Loved this post!

Melissa said...

Love this! and beyond thankful that the Lord saw fit to allow us to walk this out with you amazing ladies <3

Kim said...

beautiful post!!!

Danielle said...

Amen and Amen!
We got our adoption date last week!
Nov 2nd baby!
God is gooooood!

Alison said...

Love this!!! Thanks for the encouragement with the wait too!

Audrey B said...

I love this!