Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hope for Halloween?

While I’m mainly blogging right now about the adoption process, this blog is essentially about hope.  Hope for Yuri, hope for other children, and hope for all of us, through Jesus.  Without hope, where would we be?

Halloween is a time for hope.  Or, at least, it should be.  If we are followers of Christ, as most of us claim to be, then we need to also follow His example of bringing hope to the hopeless.  So, how do we bring hope on Halloween?

Our family has done different things, at different times in our lives—traditional trick-or-treating, Fall Fests at church, staying home together, etc.  But, honestly, in all those times, I never considered what would bring glory to God and work toward furthering His Kingdom.  I never even thought to ask, “Lord, what would please You this day?” 

So, we went on our merry way, doing whatever seemed good each Halloween, until one day we came across an idea that really impacted us—we could go out trick-or-tracting, and share the good news of Jesus with people who may have never heard!  This seemed like a wonderful idea, so we adopted it as our own and began to use Halloween as an opportunity to share the gospel.

This is what it currently looks like for us (we’ve tweaked it over the years):

I (Jennifer) usually stay home with the very little ones, and hand out little comic book Chick gospel tracts like this one (and sometimes candy) to any trick-or-treaters who make their way to our house.  Or, sometimes we’ll put a box of assorted gospel tracts out, and candy in another bowl, and put out a sign to “take one.”

Meanwhile, Troy takes the other kiddos out to a nearby neighborhood, where they go door-to-door, handing out comic book gospel tracts to all of the adults who are handing out candy.  They also give the little comic books to children and families they pass along the way.  

In this way, we usually hand out 200-300 gospel tracts in a single night.  It’s wonderful to know that the good news about Jesus is getting into hands of people who need to hear it.  What better way to give hope, than to tell others about the finished work of Jesus on the cross.


What about you?  Have you asked the Lord what He would have you to do to bring hope on Halloween? 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Home study complete!

It's hard to believe, but our home study is now complete.  Moving forward in the adoption process--it's exciting!  :-)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Brothers in Need of a Home

It's so hard to hear about other children who need to be adopted, because I know we can't adopt them all.  But the least I can do is share about them, and pray that somebody will see their story and be touched by it, just as we were touched when we heard about Yuri.

I learned about these two little boys yesterday.  They are also in an orphanage in Ukraine.

They are sibling boys who turned 4 and 5 at the beginning of the year.

The younger one is diagnosed with speech delay and deformity of the chest.

The older one is diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, moderate intellectual disabilities, scoliosis, and obstructive bronchitis.  

They need a family.



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Olena

This is Olena.  She is a precious little Ukrainian girl who is turning 8 this year.

This is how she is described:
She has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy; other congenital deformities of hip; profound intellectual disabilities; congenital mailformations of corpus callosum; cardiomyopathy, unspecified; optic atrophy; exotropia.

She is available for adoption.  She needs a home.