"So, do you think you all will change churches?? I mean..this is an ALL WHITE church??"
hmmm...Well, those comments did make me think...I mean..I do want the best for my daughter..I do want her to grow up and worship the Lord in a place where she feels comfortable and where at least SOME ONE looks like her.....My hubby's response:
"We're NOT going to change churches....We're just going to CHANGE our church!"
Wow....i liked that idea.....but WAS STILL NOT SURE it would ever happen. I obviously wasn't putting much faith into the Lord at that time...and had pretty much decided that we might be the ONLY people to ever adopt and have a heart for this in our church community....
BUT OH, HOW THE LORD BLESSED AND SHOCKED MY LITTLE MIND!! Friend after friend, acquaintance after acquaintance, stranger after stranger WOULD CONTACT ME with the most amazing NEWS to my ears: "My husband and I are thinking about adopting...could we talk with you!" Every single time this happened...I could almost feel God smiling down...I would get chills all over..and at that MOMENT (time and time again) I felt God's plan unfolding right before my very eyes: My daughter WOULD NOT be the ONLY adopted child in our YOUTH GROUP some day...THERE WOULD BE MANY!! More really than I can even keep up with now!! And, i'm certainly NOT saying it was all because of us..I don't want any credit here...ALL GLORY GOES TO GOD..and lots of these families had a heart for this FOR YEARS.....and something AT THIS PARTICULAR time pushed them over the edge to start the process!!!! And, it's NOT just Ethiopia (even though there is a ton)....there's South Korea, private domestic, foster care adoptions, etc... It's just all so neat to see!! God has truly done GREAT things in our community!! I like to think that our church now is just in the beginning phases of HOW HEAVEN WILL LOOK!! What a beautiful sight that will be!! :)
***So, one year ago on Orphan Sunday...our church didn't even MENTION the fact that it was Orphan Sunday!! Every Church around us was doing something to recognize the fact that 147 million children + still sit with out parents to love them...BUT for what ever reason...ours wasn't quite ready to jump on board....NOW this year...I guess enough important people have completed OR are in the process of adopting and THEY MADE SURE THAT OUR CHURCH WOULD BE PARTICIPATING IN ORPHAN SUNDAY!! And, so tomorrow, Sunday, not only will it be mentioned, but there will be tables set up representing Child Sponsorships, Foster Care, and Adoption!! Praise God!! We've come a long way (and thank you to those of you working so hard on this...I certainly have done nothing to help besides provide a family pic :) !! But tomorrow, I will be working one of the tables (wth both babes on my hips)...so I'm praying on this Orphan Sunday that MORE families are moved to NOT only READ scripture BUT to LIVE OUT the scripture!! We are ALL called to care for orphans in one way or another...and together...we can wipe out this horrific tragedy happening every day in our world: Human Beings...Little children no different than yours or mine, living a life with no one to care for them...no family to call their own!! And, it IS a tragedy that I don't do more, that you don't do more, that WE all don't do more to end this crisis!!
**So, I pray you will all join me tomorrow in praying for our WORLD'S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN!!! Because I KNOW that GOD hasn't forgotten them...He loves each and every child.... The question is: WHAT ARE YOU/WE GOING TO DO TO ABOUT IT??
**Happy Saturday to you all...kj