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Monday, October 20, 2008

Red Letters Campaign- Getting Excited

Dustin and I are leaning toward the longer stay in Ethiopia. We know there will be some challenges with being gone for 14 days. Not the least of which is leaving our girls at home for such a long period of time. We will miss them. The other thing which occurs to me is that we will have a lot to process after meeting all the orphans at Hope for the Hopeless and right after the one life changing experience we will head into another, the emotional experience of meeting our son for the first time and caring for him in our new role as his parents. WOW! That's two major life events packed into one trip. PLEASE PRAY FOR US. We will need supernatural strength to carry us through.

We are getting really excited about the idea of having the extra time to spend with the children in Hope for the Hopeless's care. We are excited that the extra time will afford us the opportunity to see both the intake center and the orphange and possibly even visit some of the foster homes in person. We are going to plan out Bible lessons to teach and songs to sing with the kids, games to play and hopefully I can squeeze in some craft type things for them too. I am SO THANKFUL to the Lord for the experience He blessed us with by teaching us to serve the children of Palm Valley Church in the preschool ministry. I know now why He led us to serve together in that capacity. I feel as if we've been prepared for such a time as this. My heart leaps for joy to try to imagine all God has in store for us as we venture across the globe just for the chance to love beyond ourselves in Christ's name.

There is a lot going on in our hearts and our heads as we prepare for this trip. I've already asked if you would please join with us in prayer. Here is a list of specific things we are praying about.

  • For Jonas (as always) while he waits for us to come for him. For his health spiritually, emotionally and physically
  • For the girls while we are away
  • For us to be able to focus on serving during the portion of the trip dedicated to Hope and not be consumed with longing for Jonas
  • That we would be filled with the Spirit of Boldness and that we would reach out in love to all God's people, that we would have servant's hearts and be filled with humility
  • That we would be given grace and strength in light of facing loss and suffering
  • That God would grant us favor among strangers and bless us with the ability to relate across cultural lines and language barriers
  • That God would be glorified and that He might open our eyes to see His glory.

PS- we have a hunch that our court date is the first week on November. If that's the case, and IF we pass successfully you can expect to see Jonas' precious face plastered all over this blog :)


Steve and Anna said...

Praying with you!!! I am excited for how the Lord is leading you. I would really love to be able to go and serve in such a way also. What a great opportunity and as you said two huge things in two weeks! Wow! Many prayers for you.

p.s. sorry i haven't done the tagged thing yet...will get to is soon! :-) Thank you!!!

Stacey said...

I'm praying Jen!

Sassy Granny ... said...

What an incredible, God-sized adventure this has been! I'll be praying, and looking forward to pics of the little guy as well.


Zack and Rebecca Caldwell said...

You guys are going to have such an amazing time!! God is going to use and bless you in tremendous ways!!

Jenna Marie Howard said...

I just wanted to stop by and tell you I enjoy reading your blog. I am adopted and find such encouragement knowing you are adoptive parents. I am the Director of Public Relations for a non-profit organization called World Orphans. We build church based orphan homes all over the world and our mission is simple E3 to reach each church…each child…each community. I would love for you to take a look at our website and let me know if you have any questions. ( I hope you will have a glorious blessed day!
Jenna M. Howard
-Director of Public Relations

Kaye said...

Hi there. I just found you via a comment you left at Call Her Blessed and wanted to say hi, and that I truly admire what you guys are doing, and I will be praying for you and your entire family (wow...that's quite a long sentence!). God bless!

Carpenters said...

I would definitely suggest going early and spending an extra week in the country. I so wanted to do a tour of Ethiopia, but the hubby (my homebody) nixed the idea. It would have been hard to relax knowing that my little one was no longer thousands of miles away, but I would have more of an understanding of their birth culture. We'll be praying for your decision and all the ups and downs of adoption.

With Love,