I have a confession to make.
I like to think of myself as a person with strong faith. God has brought me so far. He has rescued me from so much. He has healed my family. He has held my hand when we lost a child. He has carried me in His arms when we discovered our Emmie was not ever coming home. He cannot be unfaithful because FAITHFUL is who He is. Praise God!
But this week I have not been as strong as I like to think that I normally am. I have worried. I have stressed. I confess. God forgive me! When has my God ever given me a reason to worry? Never. He has always been by my side.
Here’s what’s going on: We have some funds that are due right now. Scratch that. We have funds that are past due. Our agency has been so patient with us, but now the time has come for us to pay. We need to pay several fees that add up to over $8K. This seems like a bit of a mountain, but MY GOD created the mountains and He sure can move them!
We’ve paid a lot so far, in a large part to the generosity of our loving friends and family. Through our yard sale, our T-shirt sale (Thank you Meggan!), our online selling of used items, our photography mini sessions (thank you, Vanessa!), our selling of refinished furniture, our puzzle fundraiser (there’s still time to participate in this one), and simply sacrificing what we can from our personal funds, we have paid approximately $6k already. We are working HARD! THANK YOU!
I know that God has called us on this journey, and we can only do our best and let Him handle what we cannot.
So here I am, humbled, grateful, but unashamed. I will ask again. Because what is important is to walk by faith and obey God’s calling. If we are following His word to reach out to the orphans and widows, we are walking in His will.
Frequently asked questions:
Why does adoption cost so much? It’s crazy, isn’t it? The truth is, we have to pay for many different services. One fee goes to our doctor for check ups, another to our agency for their work, another to immigration, another to India’s program, another to get passports, other costs help us fly and travel, etc.
Why didn’t you wait until you had $30K in your savings account to adopt? Again, a good question. The truth is, God called us clearly to adopt. He called us now. Waiting ten years to come up with that amount of savings can be a death sentence to an orphan who ages out of the system and is thrown to the streets of a third-world country. We are walking by faith. It’s hard. We are watched and judged. But we must listen to God rather than men.
Why not adopt from the U.S.? We feel strongly that our calling is to reach out to orphans overseas. That is where our heart is. However, we also realize that there are needy among us right here at home. So, we tried that! It was not meant to be. You can read our story here: http://reecesrainbow.org/55760/sponsorlewis-4
I am praying for you. Please pray for us. And please, consider giving to help this child come home soon to receive the medical care she needs.
You can give here: http://reecesrainbow.org/55760/sponsorlewis-4 This will help us with our travel expenses (We will need approx. $6K).
Or you can give via Paypal, which will help us now. (you can “gift” us any amount, using the email address (putting spaces in it here to help halt spammers): j ean iech arlie@y ahoo. com