Thursday, December 13, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
We are beyond excited. We are in awe of how God weaves families together. This adoption is different than Henry's in many ways. The location is different. For this adoption, I will have to travel to the east coast. I'm not sure how long I'll need to stay. Depends on lots of things and all of those things are completely out of my control.
The first thing to be done is to retain attorney's in both states. This needs to be done ASAP. We need $3500. YIKES!!! We don't have it. We were not expecting to adopt this year. But, God has other plans. So, in order to meet the need, I'm having another quilt raffle!
We are calling it a "Flash Fundraiser." We need to raise the funds quickly so my friend Jen came up with a clever name ;) Here's a close up of the prints.
The widget doesn't show on all devices, so here is the link:
Its only for 1 week. I'll have the drawing next Tuesday.
I am also posting pictures of some quilt tops that can be completed BY Christmas. BUT you must contact me by Saturday. They will make beautiful gifts. They are $500 each and I have a friend that will help me get them to you BY Christmas. To get them by Christmas, you HAVE to contact me BY Saturday!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
We've been away from our home church for almost a month now. (Makes me teary eyed just to type that. Oh how I miss them.) With Christmas and New Year's and having no car to transport us all, we have been out of church for a month. But....He's still be doing lots of speaking to me.
In this crazy time of upheaval and transition I've been confronted with some sin. Mostly, I'm appalled at my tongue. I'm ashamed at the way I have spoken to the ones I love. I'm supposed to be the example. There has been no patience and very little grace. Seems I forget these little people are CHILDREN...not small adults. They are learning and I need to be a better teacher. My scripture reading today brought that into even sharper focus.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deut. 6:4-9
This verse is on my list to memorize this month. It also made me think about what I am "impressing" on my children. I have picked a book back up that I put down a few months ago. This book is challenging, to say the least. Every American believer should read this book. And I'm only a little over 1/2 way thru. I have to take it in small bites. Anyway, Its called Radical by David Platt. Many of you have read it or are reading it. You know what I'm talking about. Again, I digress. I picked the book up and reread a part that struck me before. Let me share a bit with you. (This is long, but I love this example)
In this particular passage he is sharing how he was in a church with a pastor and deacons that had been supporting him. It was a Saturday evening and he was going to preach the next day at their church. They asked how things were going with his Ministry in New Orleans in housing projects that were ridden with poverty and gang violence. He'd been able to minister to homeless men and women struggling with addictions. Then he shared about opportunities God had provided around the world. That people were being receptive to the gospel in places that had been traditionally hostile. Whether in the inner city or overseas, God was drawing people to himself in some of the toughest areas of the world. This is what happened next.
" Expecting them to share in my excitement, I paused to listen for their response. After an awkward silence, one of the deacons leaned forward in his chair, looked at me, and said, ""David, I think its great you are going to those places. But if you ask me, I would just as soon God annihilate all those people and send them to hell.""
....After a moment of silence, the rest of the room resumed conversation as if nothing out of the ordinary had just happened.
It got worse.
Th next morning we arrived at the church building and worship service began. The pastor rose to welcome everyone and during his introductory remarks he began talking about how thankful he was to living in the United States. I am not sure what sparked the rousing patriotic address that followed, but for the next few minutes he told the church that there was no chance he would ever live anywhere else in the world. Amens were firing left and right from the crowd. Engulfed in nationalistic zeal, I was just waiting for Lee Greenwood to burst into song in the background.
Minutes later I got up to preach on going to all nations with the gospel. When I finished, I walked down to the front while the pastor got up to close the service. These were his words: ""Brother David, are so excited about all that God is doing in New Orleans and in all nations, and we are excited that you are serving there."" He continued, ""And brother, we promise that we will continue to send you a check so we don't have to go there ourselves.""
He wasn't finished.
""I remember a time at my last congregation when a missionary from Japan came to speak,"" he said. ""I told that church that if they didn't give financial support to this missionary, I was going to pray that God would send their kids to Japan to serve with that missionary.""
Did the pastor just threaten his congregation with the punishment of going to the world?
He continued, ""And my church gave that man a laptop and a whole lot of money.""
Apparently the threat worked.
....Could it be that this deacon and this pastor expressed what most professing Christians in America today believe but are not bold enough to say? This may sound a bit harsh, but consider the reality.
How many of us are embracing the comforts of suburban America while we turn a deaf ear to the inner cities in need of the gospel? How many of us are so settled in the United States that we have never once given serious thought to the possibility that God may call us to live in another country? How often are we willing to give a check to someone else as long as we don't have to go to the tough places in the world ourselves? How many of us parents are praying that God will raise up our children to leave our homes and go overseas, even if that means they many never come back? How many of us are devoting our lives to taking the gospel to people in hostile regions around the world where Christians are not welcomed? Certainly few of us would be so bold as to say we "would just as soon God annihilate all those people and send them to hell," but if we do not take the gospel to them, isn't that where they will go?
Meanwhile, Jesus commands us to go. He has created each of us to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, and I propose that anything less than radical devotion to this purpose is unbiblical Christianity. "
Yikes! The whole book is like that. So...I shared all of that to say....Am I showing...Impressing on them what biblical Christianity looks like? I hope that as God continues to show me, a little each day, how I can follow him more closely that I can be the example that my children need. My prayer for them has always been that they grow in favor with God and with men, that they choose to follow Jesus early and that they seek HIS will for their lives.
Ok...on a lighter note. Tomorrow...Or later this week. I'll have some pictures of some recent projects ;)
Thursday, December 22, 2011
"There were lots of reasons why we thought adoption wasn't for us. We already had 5 kids. People would stare when we entered a room. We certainly didn't plan to adopt a child with special needs. We already have TWO! Surely, that's enough.... Adopting would mean buying a different vehicle. Our van was already full at 7. Literally no more room. We could go on and on about how we just knew it wasn't for us. Even in the middle of all of that, we were SO PRO-ADOPTION! We just couldn't see it working for OUR family.
Then the Lord stepped in and introduced us to HIS plan for OUR family. He began by convicting us of some sin. A great place to start, huh? Selfishness mostly. We still held onto illusions of control in our lives. Once the Lord opened our eyes and, more importantly, our hearts to what he was calling us to do we were all in. Our hearts began to break for what breaks his regarding adoption and how it relates to abortion. The Lord reminded us of how lucky we were to have Jonas, our 4 year old son with Down Syndrome. He was healthy and such an amazing blessing to our family. Did you know that most babies with Down Syndrome in the US never get the chance to be born?! 90% that are diagnosed before birth are ABORTED! We believe that all life has value. Abortion is never okay. That's what the bible teaches. But lets put that into real life. Where are the homes for these unwanted children to go to? These families facing a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome or anything out of the realm of typical are led to believe that their child's life isn't worth living. Since I believe differently, what am I going to do about it. Its not enough to say its wrong for the child to die. The child needs to be provided with a LIFE. An alternative to death. That's what God was calling us to do. Once the Lord changed our hearts, the actions came naturally.
We listed our family with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network and 6 weeks later got a call. There was a family here in Houston that had a precious baby boy at 30 weeks with Down Syndrome. They are here from China on a work visa. Dad tried for months to secure a greencard so that they could stay in the US with their son. He was denied each time. They LOVE their son. So much that they are willing to give him up. They knew first hand what he would be facing in China. No real medical care, no therapies, no education. Children born with DS in China are hidden or institutionalized. So they made the choice for LIFE here in the US.
We have come to know and love this sweet birth family. The Lord has placed them in our lives as well as our new son. This is not at all what we expected. Its nothing like any adoption I have ever heard of. We got more than just a baby. We got a whole family! The Lord continues to provide ways for us to show the love of Christ to this family that has never heard the gospel. "
Now, I realized I hadn't posted any pictures of little Henry in a LONG time. Took these beauties yesterday.
Don't you just want to squeeze those cheeks?! He's so smoochable!
Have a Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Well...we moved....FAST. Roger interviewed for a job in San Marcos, TX the Monday after Thanksgiving. The offer was made on Wednesday and he started the following Wednesday. Whirlwind packing ensued. We moved into our new house on Saturday, December 10th. Whew! I'll have pictures, eventually, of the new house. Come and visit! We have a nice big place and lots of things to do in the area.
Well, the drama didn't stop with the move. We arrived on Saturday and we discovered that the van was having issues. What was a small power-steering fluid leak had progressed into much, much more. Roger tried to work on it in the evening, but without daylight, it was hard to see what he was doing. So, we decided that I would just take him to work for the week and he could work on it on Saturday. I needed the car so that I could take Jonas and Sam to school until their buses could be set up. That's what we did. Wednesday morning we got up and loaded everyone into the suburban. We left about 6:40. It was dark and wet and still raining. More trouble followed. We were T-boned by a large box truck that was merging onto the interstate. He slung us out of the way and teetered back and forth on two wheels onto the interstate and tipped over. Thankfully the truck was not hit. We stopped in the ditch and did not go up onto the interstate, Praise the Lord. Miraculously, we are all okay. No one was seriously injured. Just some cuts from flying glass.
Roger went over to the tow yard to get the rest of our stuff and snapped some pictures.
It really could have been so much different. We were divinely protected and we are so thankful. Dealing with insurance companies is never fun, but knowing that all of my children are safe in their beds each night is worth the insurance headache. All my kiddos are getting extra hugs and kisses these days.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Okay. Now, on to the business at hand. The offical drawing has been done and the here are the winners!!!!
Again, a HUGE, HUGE thank you to everyone. Ladies, I hope these quilts bring you years of warmth :)
Monday, October 17, 2011
He is an amazing baby and we couldn't be more thrilled! I'll let the photos do the talking.
We are beyond blessed!
Today is the last day to donate for quilt-a-pa-looza! Dont miss out! The chip-in link says it has ended, but I will still take entries thru midnight tonight. Just send to my paypal email. mindychurchill at yahoo dot com.