Wednesday, May 24, 2017

$10,000 in Six Weeks

We received a matching grant with LifeSong for Orphans.  We are forever thankful to them and we met the grant.

We JUST received a $3000 grant from Katelyn's Fund!  This is SUCH a blessing!

We now have to raise the last $10,000 to bring our girls home in six weeks (and possibly only five weeks).

We have our Article Five pick up on June 8th from our girls beautiful country!!!  At that point travel is usually within weeks!

$10,000 sounds like A LOT!  Believe me, I woke up yesterday morning, fighting this bronchitis, and just felt discouraged.  It's SO much money.  How in the world?  I feel like we've exhausted our resources.  Where do we turn?

Then I look at our kids....

We always followed God.  Our faith IS bigger than our bank account (and that, admittedly is terrifying to say in a way).  God has led us to our girls and said go.

Back to back adoptions...first Timothy and now the girls.....

At times we are weary, but not weary of following God or fighting for our children, just a bit battle weary.

When God led us to Grace~Victory during the adoption of Timothy and we couldn't bring her home at the same time,  we felt discouraged.  Yet God spoke to the heart of a friend of ours.

"Do not look to the right or to the left, just follow Him." was the gist of what we were told.  I wish I could tell you the exact number of times God led me to those verses in the last two years.

Again...again...and again....

Then HE showed us why we needed to we could bring home Hope WITH Grace.

Hope (2 years old)

Grace (3 1/2 years old)

Now we are six weeks from VICTORY!!!

We stand in confidence that our GOD CAN and our GOD WILL.  He is NOT a dead beat dad.  God leads AND provides.

"How" is where the human part of me kicks in and gets scared.   Instead of letting the fear freeze us though, we are THANKING GOD for providing before He has.  We are THANKING GOD for bringing our girls into our arms.

After all, we've seen it again and again....

All of our precious children that are still on this earth...including those
 that married in and grandchildren.

and again....

Max was born in Russia.  Home for 13 years (since 2003)!
14 years old

and again...

Bekah was born in Ethiopia.  Home ten years (since 2007)!
11 years old

and again....

Gabriel and Rachel were born in Ethiopia.  Home for 7 years (since 2010)!
Almost 8 years old

and again.....

Jael was born in China. Home for 5 years (since 2012)!
Almost 9 years old

and again...

Benjamin was born in the Ukraine.  Home for almost four years (since 2013)!
Ben is almost 14 years old

and again.

Timothy was born in China.  He's been home one year (since 2016)!
He's 5 years old

Are you smiling yet?  I am...these beautiful amazing kids are constant reminders of God's provision.

So $10,000 in Six Weeks is a drop in the bucket compared to what HE has already done!!!! Praise Him for HIS provision with us friends!!!


 God may be talking to someone right now about us... or even you. He may be asking someone to sacrifice beyond what's comfortable.  Oh, I REALLY "get" it.  That's hard stuff!   I don't know who it is, but please pray for them as well.  Also, please pray if Thomas or I are supposed to act in a specific way, we see clearly the direction.  Our Heavenly Father has floored us many times...touching people we may not even know...out of the blue.

"...for every animal of the forest is mine,

    and the cattle on a thousand hills."  

Psalm 50:10


Prayer Requests and Praises:
PRAISE: Our Heavenly Father's timing, through our groaning at times, SHINES.  HE KNOWS the perfect timing.  We have received to grants.  Our delays have even blessed us.  PLEASE PRAISE HIM FOR HOW FAR HE HAS BROUGHT US!!!!

2. .  Please pray hearts are open and there is a "yes" for something we are requesting. (Mysterious enough? :-))
3.  Please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.
4. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.

Please Pray...

1. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.
2. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
3. Please also pray for Thomas and I. Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.
4. Lastly, we have several expenses that we normally would have taken care of with our tax return, but couldn't this year. Could you please pray for God's provision for these expenses...and the things we still need to gather for the girls.  This isn't typical...unless we are in the adoption  Please pray GOD shows up in a big way here!
5.  That we hear from ONE grants we have yet to hear from.  Some wonderful smaller grants
don't communicate as much.
6. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe.
 7. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.
8. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful time for them.

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