Thursday, January 28, 2010

Four Months Waiting and Celebrating with a Coffee Giveaway!


Many of us have seen the pictures of the Haitian orphans. These precious innocents that are not only finding it a challenge just to survive, but threatened by the unscrupulous evil that is very alive in this world.

We find that this month the suffering pierces our hearts even more (if that is possible). Yet with all the anguish, pictures, and hearts breaking....we still long for our little ones across the world in the beautiful country of Ethiopia.

In this last month at least two sets of parents (that we are aware of)suffered the heart breaking reality of the death of their child...a child they hadn't yet held...a child who had left a footprint on their heart. They had seen their pictures and called them their child. They were referred these children and they were their parents (in their hearts) already. To these families, we are praying for your comfort and peace. A while back I asked my social worker (at our previous agency) about having to break this kind of news. This is one of the agencies that hold themselves to a much greater standard...yet even she had to deliver this kind of crushing news to families.

On one hand, we're not worried for our children. God has brought us this far and we must trust Him or lose sanity :). On the other hand, in our humanness our hearts are laid open...praying beyond words that God's hand is on our children, blessing them, comforting them, keeping them safe until they are in our arms.

So we are now creeping up on February 6th, the day we will have been on the waiting list (for referral) for 4 months. It's not very long in the big scheme of things....

To celebrate this milestone...and yes, it is a celebration...we are having another small giveaway. This month we are giving away a 13oz bag of ground Ethiopian Sidamo coffee. We know so many coffee drinkers out there and this coffee is special...this coffee is supporting a beautiful family beginning their adoption journey. This coffee is helping bring children home.

If you'd like to shop to support this family, you can order coffee yourself right here.

We will draw a name on Saturday, February 6th. Please leave at least your first name and a way for us to contact you. Just scroll down to the end of the blog and click on "Post a Comment". Sorry, but we are only able to ship within the United States.

It is an honor for us to share our journey with you. As you know, God has convicted us and placed on our hearts the plight of orphans around the world. If you have a moment here are some of our thoughts....
My Child
Let Me Tell You About Jesus
The Effect of Economy on Orphans
I Choose to be Blessed

Please join us in prayer...if you have a moment...

ADOPTION PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISES!

Praises!!!
God has brought us a long way in this adoption. He’s touched hearts and supplied funds in ways we didn't think possible!

Immediate Adoption Process Prayer Requests
*That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing and that God blesses us with the funds to accept the referral and travel when the time comes.
*That God’s hand is on the remaining paperwork and that they proceed with not a glitch, quickly and correctly. These are the papers we will need to accept the referral of our sweet little blessings, the papers to pass court, and the papers to bring them home.
*That our twins may be gathered into our family with a quickness blessed by God.

All Adoption Prayer Requests:
Please Pray…..
*For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for their physical and emotional health in a difficult place.
*For their biological family…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face and the choices they will be making. Also, please pray that they come to know Christ and the peace only He can give.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing.
*Last, though it may seem a bit premature, please specifically pray that once we are referred our little ones, that they come home quickly and pass court the first time (many are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel). The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.
* That we have peace and not stress, trusting God in every step.

We also pray that hearts are convicted daily to open their families and lives to orphans around the world.

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Also, please join us in prayers for three beautiful Christian families and five sweet children who are facing obstacles above and beyond what a adoption process usually looks like. This used to be four families, but God brought sweet Jubilee home from China just about a week ago. Governments will literally have to move for these older and special needs children to come home. Families are waiting for them and we are SO excited to see God work in these lives and these governments to bring these adoptive blessings home!

Olivia Mame (Ethiopia)-I would like to ask your prayers for a little sweet young girl in Ethiopia named Olivia Mame. There are some very immense road blocks, serious ones, that have to be conquered in order to finish the adoption of this precious young lady.

Daniel (Liberia)-A little one with hydrocephaly awaits his family. Please pray that Daniel does not deteriorate farther and that people in authority to move this case feel the passion to see this through quickly. There are also two more beautiful sweet blessings this family is trying to bring home as well.

Ronaldo and Julia (Guatemala)-For years this family has been trying to get their beautiful future children out of Guatemala. Every time it seems close there is another glitch. Please pray with us. Please pray that EVERY problem is resolved and every piece of paper has the perfection only God can give.

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8 comments:

  1. I just mentioned on my blog about a family who is trying to FIND their son in Haiti. It is hearbreaking. My prayers go out for them.

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  2. Hi, I'm Jeannie, codecotton@yahoo.com. I don't even drink coffee, but I love what you're doing and I wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you and would like prayer, too. I would love to adopt. I have four sons, but I've always felt that I would adopt one day. It doesn't seem possible at the moment, but it's too late for me to believe that. I already know that with God, all things are possible. I also believe that my desire is from Him. I'm not even in any particular hurry, but yesterday would have been fine with me. Please pray for God's will to be done and for God's best for my family. Thank you so much.

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  3. so fun! praying for you guys! our son is from Sidamo, he has been home for 5 months now! Would love to be in the coffee drawing.
    sarahtucker74@gmail.com
    praying for the children of Haiti as well, heartbreaking.

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  4. Hi! I'm Molly and found your post on the listserv. Would love to win some coffee! :)

    We have 2 ET daughters, and the second just came home on Jan. 1!

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  5. Hi, Kat,
    We support Roberta Edwards in Santo, Haiti. She has a children's home with about 30 children she fosters and a nutrition program that feeds around 100 children twice daily. It is a tremendous work she does. She was visiting her parents when the quake hit and yet found a way to get back to her children within days.
    So far they are safe (her neighbors and two rottweilers keep the looters at bay since her wall is down in two sections.)
    Please add my name to your give-away this month. I will add your children to my prayers. Twins!!! I had six children - - one at a time. :o)
    in Christian love, (I'm off cofchsers)
    Denise (sojourner2earth)

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  6. Hello, may the Lord bless your steps! We are a family of seven - 3 bio boys and 2 adopted daughters via Bogota, Colombia. Wouldn't trade a moment, especially as this is HIS plan. Thanks for the coffee contest!

    Shyla
    go2therock@gmail.com

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  7. We are continuing in prayer for you and appreciate YOUR support of us, too! How great to have these ways of networking. Sign us up for the coffee giveaway--my hubby would be thrilled to celebrate with you in this way! chuckle

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  8. Hi Kat! I'm Ali, and we have been waiting almost 16 months for a referral. I'm really hoping for good news soon!

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