I've found it hard to focus. Many of my private prayer warriors have been bombarded with requests.
Thomas and I sat down recently and stated that the "storms" in the previous adoptions were just practice. Some may be remembering fires, break ins, exploding foundations (as well as many other things). They were just practice. It hasn't been easy. It's been personal and insidious.
These events do not encompass us though, God does.
"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the Everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and HIS understanding no one can fathom." Isaiah 40:28
There IS big adoption news. There IS HUGE steps toward bringing Jonathan home. So big that I have been at a loss for words.
Through Jael (the 7th of 8) getting Strep....
Through "brother time"....
Max, Tom, and Gabe
Through time we sing praises to God with our Christian family...
Jael, Daddy, Rachel, and Sarah
Through time at our local teaching co-op....
Through apostilling (verifying notary signatures at state level) the remainder of our paperwork for Jonathan's adoption AND mailing them to Eastern Europe....
Feb. 22nd Trip to Apostille
Our Heavenly Father has moved.
God has moved for our Jonathan, our precious eight year old son who rests in a laying room.
It has been shared with us that we could EASILY (yes, that word was used) travel for our first trip before our oldest son graduates high school on May 18th.
Friends, by our calculations (arriving there and time spent in country) that could put us there in 7-8 weeks.
We are FLOORED. That is to put it mildly.
In the next seven weeks, by our calculations, we need to raise around $14,899. God knows our exact needs though. Our experience has shown that travel/accommodations and such usually cost much more than we initially anticipate. Not only that, but medical expenses we HAVE TO anticipate. Does this amount floor you too? We KNOW God will provide. He will provide through whom HE convicts. Writing down that number though...not easy.
My husband and I are spending this week creating (and in prayer). We are creating a letter and a DVD to mail out to our friends that request it. It is a packet that they can take to their Church (or organization) with Jonathan's need...and our family's need. The possibility of travel in seven weeks....deep breath.
That is hard to write. It is difficult to admit that help is needed. What is the alternative though? We cannot leave our son. We must pay what is necessary for his release.
I love this quote...
"My friends, adoption is redemption. It's costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him."- Derek Loux
“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.” II Corinthians 6:18
We are not scrambling (which, to tell the truth is hard). We have learned to listen to how God directs us in regards to funds. Truthfully, I want to scramble. The circumstances say we should be.
We can't though. That would not be listening to God.
So this week we create and pray. If you would like to take our request before your Church or organization, please contact us at the email to the side of our blog. Once the packet is put together (prayerfully by the end of the week), we will send them out to any who shoots us an email. We know God has this. We thank you, if your heart is touched by our Father in Heaven. We appreciate, every bit as much, prayers...intense and blessed prayers. Thank you.
Prayer Requests Below
“I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
human beings who are but grass,
that you forget the Lord your Maker,
who stretches out the heavens
and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?
The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
they will not die in their dungeon,
nor will they lack bread.
For I am the Lord your God,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
the Lord Almighty is his name." Isaiah 51:12-15
PLEASE PRAY FOR (Immanent)....
*Please pray for Jonathan first...always.
*That the God touches hearts, showing them Jonathan's need and thus our financial need. That the funds come in very quickly. That Churches and organizations are willing to have us place our request before them in a short period of time.
*For EVERY aspect of this adoption to be protected and that satan's hands are TIED. Please pray continued protection on ALL involved...every single person or organization that has anything to do with this adoption. Please especially pray for our children and our relationships (as that is where we see many attacks aimed).
*Jonathan to be sustained, COMPLETELY protected, that God prepares his heart beyond what would make sense. Also, for the head of the institution and for the caretakers to KNOW God's love and HIS value of these children.
*Please pray for my balance, as a mom, as we start home school, start focusing on our oldest's upcoming graduation, and are doing paperwork and fundraising for the adoption. Please pray that I have patience and balance life successfully for all our little blessings (here and internationally), as well as for my husband.
*Please pray I have patience (and we all feel God's peace).
*Please pray for my husband's professional life. That he reflects God in all he does.
*Please also pray that satan's strongholds on our lives are SHATTERED.