So it has been a month or so since we announced that we were pursuing an adoption of 3 boys, ages 3, 4 and 5 which would make us a family of 8 with 6 kids under the age of 7!! The reaction across the board from many people has been that we are crazy! Bless your hearts, but you are crazy! Yeah, we know! We agree, we are kind of crazy, but we wouldn't have it any other way!! We are certainly not equipped with incredible patience, tons of wisdom, or gobs of gentleness to handle all of these little lives. We are far from perfect! However, we have lots of love and an incredible passion for orphans, the poor, the needy and just an overall passion to live out God's call for our lives. For us that happens to be orphan care and helping the poor. We are not amazing-as Katie Davis (Kisses from Katie) says, we simple read the Bible and did what it says. In fact, if everyone would simply live out God's call for their lives, no one would think we are crazy because many "amazing" things would be happening all the time. God uses ordinary people for his glory and to do extraordinary things-to do his work. He wants to use all of us-no matter what kind of a mess we are. And we aren't the first people ever to adopt a bunch of kids and create a large family. We are blessed to know people and email and blog with people who have done or are doing the same thing. It just needs to become the norm instead of the crazy!! It's not about us, it's not about accumulating more stuff for myself, it's about freely giving and helping those who need it. We feel blessed that God has blessed us with an incredible passion for the orphans and the poor and we enjoy just walking in obedience to him. We also feel very much at peace with our decision and so we trust that our powerful God will be with us every step of the way.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
We would also very much value prayers for our adoption journey and others adopting from the Congo as well. The Congo has very little infrastructure and so sometimes cases are heard and processed quickly and other times there are long delays. Kids are dying weeks before their parents can get to them. We would so value prayers that our adoption case and others would go quickly and smoothly without delays so that we can get to our children and love on them-as we all desire so badly to do!! Thanks for praying!
We are blessed so we can bless!!!!