Without further ado...This is Charisa, Greg, their family and THEIR STORY:
"Our family embarked on our adoption journey after our hearts were moved by the plight of the African people in our Mission trips to Zambia. We desired to bring a child into our home and bless him or her with our love and care. At that time, little did I know how much we would be blessed ourselves.
Our blessings began during our adoption process. The generosity of our friends and church family during this time humbled and amazed us. Their support- financial, emotional, and prayers- meant so much to us and confirmed we were on God's path. To know that so many people were praying for a little 5 yr. old boy across the ocean that would soon be our son was so encouraging and reassuring during times of unknown and waiting. We also developed close relationships (and are continuing to do so!) within the AGCI adoption community. It is also neat to have friendships with those of like mind and spirit across the United States.
Of course, our main blessing during this entire journey is a little boy who has a heart and faith so big that it literally catches our breath at times. He helps us see everything anew- from his first snow, to thinking we lived in a castle, to just enjoying life each day. He has strengthened our faith to pray to God for everything we need because it is the first thing he always does.
Abenezer stirs our hearts toward compassion as he prays with a compassionate heart. Recently, while it was raining, he prayed for those in wheel chairs that have to stay out in the rain. He has a desire to give to those who are in need. He asks me to buy baby food in the stores for the babies without food. He has a heart for those in need because he has lived that life. Abenezer would give you the shirt off his back without hesitating. Ab helps us to see the poor with God's eyes of mercy and love.
Our adoption has also blessed those around us. A friend recently told us that she had the opportunity to give to orphan relief and she wasn't going to but then Abenezer's face came into her mind and she was moved to do so. Abenezer made the need of the orphan real. He gave that need a name and a face in our community.
Abenezer has strengthened our resolve and heart for the millions of people who through poverty, sickness, or of circumstances of birth seemingly have no hope. Our hearts are tied to Ethiopia and her people. We have been fortunate to be able to play a small part of helping supplies make their way to Hannah's Hope. It encourages our faith when people respond and say, 'How can I help?'
Most of all, Abenezer has showed us our Father's love, a love that is unconditional, and is in spite of all of our hurts and behavior. A love that seeks us out, just as we sought for a child that needed our love. Many people tell us that Abenezer is so blessed to have us, but truthfully, we are the ones that are blessed. "
**Now watch as this sweet MOTHER and CHILD meet for the FIRST TIME......I just LOVE Gotcha Days:
Just an fyi....Charisa coordinates the donations to HH for traveling families and if anyone would want to help, that they can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org She also doesn't mind being a resource for older child adoption if you have any questions for her.
You can also find her at her blog: http://www.forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/
****Thank you Charisa and Greg for sharing your story!! Praising God for His faithfulness!!!! I also pray that this will reach someone that is on the fence, and that it will confirm WHAT they already knew....THAT GOD HAS A CHILD WAITING FOR THEM!!! We just must have faith and obey!!!
**Happy Monday to you all, kj
JANUARY 25, 2010*
Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again – ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life. (John 4:14)
Why does God allow us to spend so much of life in the heat of battle? Because He never meant for us to sip His Spirit like a proper cup of tea. He meant for us to hold our sweating heads over the fountain and lap up His life with an unquenchable thirst.
-Beth Moore, A Quick Word with Beth Moore - Scriptures & Quotations from Praying God’s Word