Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dark Horse of the Week Rory!

So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!"
1 Samuel 16:12

This week's Dark Horse is 4 year old Rory!
This precious little guy is waiting right now for his forever family.
Please join us in prayer for him!
You can learn more about Rory by clicking on his picture on our sidebar to visit his personal page!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Double YAY!

He dams up the streams from trickling;
What is hidden he brings forth to light.
Job 28:11

The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Isaiah 32:18

I'm excited to share that both Aaron and Jing have been found by their forever families!!!


for all of your prayers for these two precious treasures!

Dear Lord we thank You for bringing forth a family for Jing and a family for Aaron!
We ask now that You would strengthen their families as they fight the good fight to bring their children home.
We release Aaron and Jing back to You now.
In Jesus Christ' name, amen.

Farewell Aaron and Jing!
We love you!
And are rejoicing for you in the new life the Lord is giving to you!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

1000 Tiny Miracles

Article as featured on Rainbow Kids
If I've learned anything in this life, it's don't tell God your plans. His ways are much better.
My husband, Nate, and I felt led to love and care for an orphaned child with special needs—a child waiting for one family to love them just the way God created them. On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, almost one year to the day after we started our journey, we were asked to consider adopting an unborn baby girl. The medical report from two ultrasounds was daunting. We knew she was missing part of her leg, and we knew there were other significant physical challenges. Beyond that, the doctors said they would have to assess her once she was born.

God Knew Her Name

For three days, we prayed for clear direction. If we were to commit, we wanted to be the parents this baby would need while still being able to be the parents our three daughters needed, and we wanted to still be able to do ministry well. If we weren't going to be able to do all of that, then we wanted the freedom to say no and know that it was the right answer. So we prayed. Hard.
Nate and I had said for three years that if the Lord ever gave us a fourth daughter, we would name her Amelia. On the third morning of prayer, we looked up the meaning of the name.
In Greek, Amelia means “without limb.”
We’d chosen that name years ago, but God had always known who our Amelia would be. We could literally feel Him smiling down on us.
Amelia Jane was born the following Monday, a beautiful mix of South Korean and Colombian features with a full head of black hair. We’d asked for a child with special needs, but perhaps unique is more descriptive. Amelia had multiple physical anomalies at birth—doctors at two hospitals said she has the most unique bone structure they’ve ever seen. They hoped she would be able to lay on her back by 6 months, but she did it on her one month birthday. There is no telling what God has planned for her.

God Knew My Heart

I prayed boldly before her birth that she would be miraculously healed, but I knew in my heart that physical healing wasn't coming. I knew in my soul that God would use my Amelia for His Kingdom just the way she is. It's a hard place to be as a mommy, to say "OK, God. I know she's Yours first, and You know what’s best—You're just gonna have to carry us through."
If God had healed her, like I begged Him to, we would have praised Him, brought her home, and gone back to our easy lives.
But this is so much better.
Instead, Amelia is our rubber cement to God for the rest of our lives. I will never, ever be able to get far from His mercy, grace, and guidance because I cannot get through a day or an hour without Him.
This hard, messy, scary stuff—and it's good.
A lot of people don't understand it. Some people think we’re crazy. A few have said hurtful things. But we have an audience of One. He holds the future, and we know we are doing what He has called us to do. We have shared Amelia's story, our story, and most importantly the Gospel with more people over the last few months than we ever have before. We will never know the number of people who have been brought to Jesus or closer to Him because of this amazing baby girl and God's sweet mercy and amazing grace until we get to heaven.

God’s Ways Are Better

I look into her crib at the pink bundle of love that, by the world's standards, is broken, and I think about her journey to get here. I know she is beyond perfect, and God knew she was the perfect fit for our family. His ways are not our ways—they are so much better.
Amelia is doing wonderfully well. She cannot move her arms or legs due to her condition, but her little mind is amazing! She speaks and communicates like she is 3 or 4. Her therapists are always amazed. She has learned to scoot all over the place using her chin and shoulder, turns pages of a book with her mouth, can draw and paint holding a pen or paintbrush in her mouth, and can play games on my phone using her bottom lip to touch the screen. 
A thousand tiny miracles have brought us to this place and to this family, and God's hand was in each one. Amelia has changed our life in the most special way. None of us will ever be the same.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Dark Horse of the Week Jing!

The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Isaiah 32:18

This week's Dark Horse is 8 year old Jing!
She is waiting right now for LID ready family to bring her home!
Please join us in prayer!
To learn more about Jing please click on her picture on our sidebar to visit her personal page.

Jing's file is scheduled to be returned very soon, so let's pray!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Goodbye Deric

"Again the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 13:44

My 9 year old brother once told my mom, that when he grows up he wants to adopt the "black" children. At first my mom thought he meant children of African decent, but further discussion made his words clear. He wants to adopt the children like Deric, the "black" children who don't have a picture.
It is certainly harder for children without photos to be placed, but behind that dark silhouette, is a real little boy and we have treasured little Deric's life!

Thank you!
for seeing the boy behind the silhouette and for standing with us in prayer for him!

Deric is still waiting for his forever family and if you would like to continue in prayer for him we invite you to please do so!
His information can be found at: 

Dear Lord I thank You for bringing little Deric's life to light.
And I thank You that You see and reveal these hidden treasures to us.
We release Deric back to You now.
In Jesus Christ' name, amen.

Goodbye Deric.
We love you!
And were blessed to see you through His eyes.