I’m excited to share my first blog post that directly relates to Orphan Care…yay! I liked the “Kiddo/Family Update” at the end of my last post, so I’m gonna start including that at the end of all my posts to keep everyone in the loop! Also, this pic has absolutely nothing to do with this post…just a funny pic of what our life is like these days with two toddlers…ha!
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:44-45
The day we moved into our house here in Texas, the first folks we met were a sweet family of five that came walking up to our door with a card, potted plant and a “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” smile. Nathan jumped right in and helped Colby unload all the boxes and furniture while Alisa ran to get some pizzas to feed all the people helping us and their three precious kids, Noah, Madelynn and Selah, played with our kiddos and shared some of their toys with us…we felt so loved. It didn’t take long to find some common ground with this family: they shared the same passion for orphan care that we do and about a year ago, this passion brought sweet Selah, who also has a “hand difference” (aka the politically correct term for someone with a hand disability home from China to be a part of their family. After getting to know them a bit more through a women’s Bible study and hanging out together as families, they shared with us that they are in the process of adopting another child from China, a little boy who also has a hand difference and some other orthopedic issues.
We could not be more excited for this family…for this son! Adoption, whether our spiritual adoption through Christ or the physical adoption of a child, is a costly process. I LOVE to see all the creative ways families raise money and sacrifice to bring their children home to their Forever Families…and this family is no exception! While in China to bring their sweet Selah home, they purchased pearl earrings to sell to raise money for their next anticipated adoption. How awesome is that?! I’m hoping that someone reading this blog would love to buy a pair of these beautiful earrings that come in several shades and have sterling sliver posts…they are only $25 and can be shipped! (And what an awesome story they tell!)
After I heard that this was one of their fundraisers, I could not stop thinking about the beautiful symbolism staring me right in the face…I could not get Matthew 13:44-45 out of my mind! The Kingdom of God is like one who found a treasure in a field and sold all they had to buy it. It is like a merchant who found the Pearl of Great Value and sold everything to purchase it. In His sovereignty, God looked down on humanity and saw value. Value. I have no idea how saw that value, but He gave everything so that we may be adopted into the Family of God…we have the same inheritance as Christ! How could we not, after finding such a treasure as salvation, be inclined to give everything for His praise and glory?! Although I fail multiple times daily, I am striving for this! I am humbled, yet again, how God uses the small to display His Kingdom at work.
God uses the orphan, the most vulnerable and helpless in all the earth, to show us who we are apart from Christ! This family has found their precious pearl and are going to great lengths and many financial sacrifices to bring him home. That is more stunningly beautiful than any piece of fine jewelry.
If you are interested in purchasing a pair of pearl earrings to bring Peter home, email/FB/text me and I’ll put you in touch! Alisa will contact you with pictures, sizes, shipping and other details!
Kiddo/Family Update: The kiddos are doing great! Making new friends (umm, Judah already has two girlfriends, Selah is one of them and has already informed her daddy that she’s marrying Judah…oh dear!) and loving the pool, watermelon, fireworks on the Fourth and all things summer! Some friends invited us to their real, Texas horse ranch for the Fourth…how fun! Colby is doing great, starting to do a couple small things with the HFO team and will be making a quick trip to SF next week for one of the last three classes he has left to complete his Mdiv…yay! I’m almost finished with my orientation at work and, so far, love my new unit and I didn’t forget how to start an IV (one of my weird fears of returning to the NICU bedside!)…got my first two on the first try We are making new friends quickly (thank you, Lord!), but there are days when I long for an old, “comfortable” friend or one of my two sisters, where I can just “be”. Love to hear from you…new or old friend!