Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
"The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life. " 1 John 5:10-13
So although the loss would be great, we cling to the hope that this life is not all there is and one day we would reunite with them in the presence of our God.
Hope is such an incredible blessing. Similarly, the AoH orphanage is a refuge of hope. The children that make it inside those walls have hope. They have hope of being fed and cared for, the hope of a forever family, and the hope of a future that is bright. Outside those walls is a lot of despair. So I'm excited to be a part of God's instrument of hope for Josiah and Gabriella and just wanted to share that blessing with you.
On a side note, Kim and I are the proud foster parents of a little baby girl named Ava born Saturday. We bring her home today so I will post some pictures tonight. But please remember her birth mom in your prayers. She has brought much joy to an adoptive couple who has been praying for a child, but please pray God would give her peace and comfort surrounding her decision to give up her child for adoption.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." James 4:13-15
So I'll squeeze my kids extra hard tonight when I tuck them in, and Thank God for the Blessing of Today. And I also thank him for this journey we are on known as "Adoption". It's taught me a lot about trust and patience. God is able to all these things and so much more, if we will just trust him.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Check out the pictures below of Josiah dancing.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
P.S. If you have 6 minutes, watch the following video titled 99 Balloons. We found it from another adoptive parent's blog. It really speaks to heart of why we are adopting, because each life that God creates is precious. Take a moment to squeeze those you love and celebrate the blessing of today!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
At the conclusion of the festival they gathered all the children together for one group picture. It is very important to the Liberian government and to the families of Africa to know that their children are doing well and not being sold into slavery, or abused, or worse. Below are just some of the kids.For every child helped, there are hundreds less fortunate that still need hope. And Patty Anglin's (founder of Acres of Hope pictured above) vision is to see a Pediatric hospital built in Liberia. The adoption ministry is just a small part of what Acres of Hope is doing. So if you'd like to become involved or someone you know has a heart for Africa please check out their website (http://www.acresofhope.org/ ). Wish you could have been there.
P.S. I learned some facts about Liberia this weekend that I did not know previously:
Liberia has a population of 3.5 million, but 1.5 million of them live in the captial of Monrovia which was designed for about 400,000. Most have no water, sewer, or electricity so many families have many children because many will die and they need them to support the family.
The infant mortality rate in Liberia is 130 dead for 1000 live births. That is in the top five in the world. (compare that to the US which is about 5)
Life expectancy in Liberia is 47 (compare that to the US which is about 78)
80% of the people are unemployed and thus below the poverty level. (compare that to the US which is about 5%)
Friday, August 3, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
"The new consular at the US Embassy in Liberia is an African American Women who has decided it is her mission to Slow Down Adoptions. She said there have been too many complaints about it so that is her solution to it. I know that there has been numerous problems with other agencies. I asked why they didnt reconsider AOH as there has been no complaints about them and our staff there said that she is lumping all adoption agencies together. She didnt care. Charles who handles the visa processing for families said that she will not just let them come in on a Thursday and process a visa either. If you dont have an appointment; she wont allow you in the door even. She will no longer except emails from our agency or parent agencies, or even the INS of your state about your I-600 approval. She will only accept the cable sent by the National Visa Center as proof that you have I-600 approval. (this is for traveling families) She has a 2yr term in this position.This person is in MUCH need of prayer. She needs her heart softened dramatically. And she must not be used as a tool to prevent adoptions of children who are in much need of families. Lift her up in your prayers. "
I was reminded in church this past weekend that God ultimately is in control, and there is nothing we change by worrying or that this person can do to deter God's plan with regard to Josiah and Gabriella. So we will continue to wait, and trust, and to pray. Thanks for joining with us!