Tuesday, December 15, 2009
A couple days prior to coming to Ethiopia, I read the verse “He does not forget the cry of the afflicted” and couldn’t help but to praise the Lord for hearing the cries of our children. Through this trip, we have seen specific ways the Lord has responded to the cries of orphans.
Firstly, Christians in Louisville donated 3 suitcases full of diapers, formula, and baby clothes for the African orphanages. Dave and I were prepared to pay fees to check additional luggage, figuring it was well worth it. However, the airline waived the $100 fee we were supposed to pay for no explained reason. But we all know it is because God hears the cries of the hungry orphans and sees to it that they are fed. We gave all these donations to the orphanage and they were very grateful. They have less clothes and baby items for the 25 babies that they watch than we have for our two (and we don’t have a ton). Thank you on behalf of the orphanage workers!
Secondly, yesterday we found out Kaden and Makyra’s stories and are all the more amazed by God’s faithfulness to sustain their little lives.
The director of Kaden and Kyra’s orphanage said that Kaden was their very first orphan. As many of you know, Kaden was abandoned on the road at just one day old. A man named Erjabo found Kaden and took him to the orphanage. Kaden was very sick and, in the opinion of the orphanage workers, close to death. The director said he couldn’t sleep for four days out of concern for Kaden. Erjabo and the orphanage workers saved Kaden’s life. We thus have decided to give Kaden a second middle name “Erjabo” in this man’s honor. Of the millions upon millions of orphans in Ethiopia (not to mention Africa or the whole world), God responded to Kaden’s cry for life and sent Erjabo.
Makyra’s story is even more sobering. Her mother died giving birth to her and in the midst of mourning for her death, Kyra was neglected and went without any food for three days. The director said that she was forgotten by all. But not by our Lord. A government official put Kyra in a bag and brought her to the orphanage. She was not breathing and had to be hospitalized for 11 days. The kindness of the Lord through the Christian orphanage workers saved her life. Thank you God for hearing Makyra’s cry.
And how does God respond to the cries of the afflicted? Most often through his children. The director of the orphanage is a believer who used to go out and share the Gospel with street boys. He started a home for these boys so that when they came to Christ, there could be a home for discipleship and for meeting of their daily needs. Recently he has become a director of one of the orphanages here in Africa because, as he said, “he must obey the commands of God.” He explained that before the Christians took over the orphanage, all the babies died. He said that only those who know the love of God are able to give these children the love and care they need. The Ethiopian government does not have a program for orphans. It is predominately the Christians whoa re caring for the helpless.
We went and got the children and there were several of their nannies with tears in their eyes. They love them so much. We felt nothing but the love of Christ in every hand that has cared for our children. Yes, these people are heroes; there is no doubt about it. But it would be incomplete to stop there: It is God motivating their love. It is God who has heard the cries of our children and has saved their lives. May the Lord save many more and may we as the church be his hands and feet to save the lives of the afflicted and feed the hungry.
Our children are adjusting to their new life with us quickly. Jet lag along with a painful eye infection I recently have gotten has not made the past couple days easy on us. Nevertheless, we love our kids and can’t wait for you all to meet them. You will fall in love, there is no doubt about it.
Will post pictures when we get back to the states! We promise!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Because God cares for orphans, and one of the ways in which he exercises this care is through his church.
Psalm 68:5 says that God is “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows.” Christians, who are being transformed into the image of Christ live out His heart when they care for orphans. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). As God cares for the fatherless, so we as his children care for them too. Our concern for the orphans is a tangible manifestation of God’s love that has been poured out into our hearts.
Because we have been adopted by God.
Jesus left heaven, lived a very humiliating life, ultimately dying for sinners so he could bring people into the family of God and call them his children. Christians, from every tribe, tongue and nation, have been pursued by God and adopted into his family. In the same way we want to pursue those from another nation, not our own, and bring them into our family. We desire our family to be a little picture of this great Gospel.
So that these children will have the opportunity to hear of Christ.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Believing in Christ is the only way to receive salvation and how will these children hear of Christ unless someone preaches to them? We, put very simply, want to adopt children, so that we can tell to them about salvation in Christ.
Because we have been given so much.
We want to give because we have been given the wealth of America, loving Christian families and most importantly spiritual truth. It is only by grace that we were born into such material and spiritual wealth, and we want to extend that grace to children who were born into poverty and little if any access to the truths of Scripture. We recognize that we are no better than those (now our kids) who were left on the streets without anyone to care for them. We have been blessed to be a blessing.
Monday, November 2, 2009
We just found out that both of our cases passed with no problem. We give credit to God who answers the prayers of his children. The soonest date we could be given to go pick them up would be Dec. 17th, and if we miss that date, it would be Dec 31st. We can't wait to meet them and can't wait for our friends and family to meet them as well. Thank you so much for praying for us and our kids.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We did get another new video today so feel free to check out our shutterfly account (newharefamily.shutterfly.com and please email Dave or Stacey for the password. It is Stacey's middle name). The kids are incredibly cute and getting bigger.
However, we thought the courts would be reopening September 26th but we just found out that they won't be reopening until October 12th. Oh the delays...So we thought November would be the soonest we'd get them, but that may be pushed back to December or even January.
Would appreciate your prayers, we'd love to get these kids in November.
Love you all,
Dave and Stacey
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Good News: We did receive another referral for another little girl named Mimi and we were told that our case has now been submitted to court and we should find out what day our case will go before the Ethiopian court next week. We know nothing about Mimi's situation and are anxiously awaiting to receive pictures of her. We are very excited that her case is moving along quickly. We will most likely receive an October court date and if we pass, would go get them in November.
On a personal note, we thank our friends and family for praying for us during our grieving of loosing Sena. True, we have grown to love her, but our grief goes deeper than that - it is a grief in response to the poverty, rape, AIDS, and oppression in Africa. Jesus Christ has come to reverse the curse of suffering and death in this world and we praise him for that, we trust he is making all things new in his time. We long, as I am sure many of you do, for when he returns and creates a new heavens and a new earth where there will be no more starving children, no more tears, no more pain, but only righteousness and worship of Christ. Come soon Lord Jesus!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Lamentations 3:25-26 "The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Soldiers of Christ
Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid:
A world by sin destroyed and dead;
A world for which the Savior bled.
His Gospel to the lost proclaim,
Good news for all in Jesus’ Name;
Let light upon the darkness break
That sinners from their death may wake.
Morning and evening sow the seed,
God’s grace the effort shall succeed.
Seedtimes of tears have oft been found
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned.
We meet to part, but part to meet
When earthly labors are complete,
To join in yet more blest employ,
In an eternal world of joy.
Some have asked why we are naming the kids what we are naming them, so I thought I would post. The hymn above was written by Basil Manly (pictured to the right). It is a hymn that cries out for Christ's children to fight in a dark world. We too long for our children to be soldiers of Christ. Thus we have named them Kaden and Makyra.
Kaden means "fighter"
Makyra (ma,caira) is the Greek word for “sword” (as in the ‘sword of the Spirit’ Galatians ).
So...we pray and would ask you to pray that these children would join us in the ranks fighting for our "great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus ).
Saturday, July 11, 2009
But we believe in the power of the prayers of the righteous and a God who holds the hearts of the rulers in his hands. James 5:16 says, "The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." To those of you who know the Lord, we ask that you would pray that God would turn the hearts of the local authorities and that they would release Makyra's papers immediately, He is our only hope.
"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my fortress; I shall not be shaken" -Psalm 62:5-6
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
We just received a package today with two dvd's of our precious children. They are very cute. And they can be seen online if you go to the Video Section on our photo blog:
The password for the website is Stacey's middle name (capitalized) and feel free to email me if you need that (email@example.com). There are instructions in the 'Family Update' section about how to view the videos. It can be a bit confusing, but we have to keep everything password protected for right now.
We still have not heard about Sena's medical tests and we need prayers for that. Pray that God would let us bring these children home soon.
We love you all and appreciate your support.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
We have not heard anything new on the medical, so we still need your prayers!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Please pray for us as we trust the Lord during these trials. We know that he is sovereign and good and we do not doubt that he "works all things together for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28). That being said, life in an orphanage is hard and we long to bring these children into our home.
So, if you will pray to our Sovereign God for us the following things:
- That both children (Mengistu and Sena) would quickly be able to have blood tests done.
- That both children would pass their blood tests and not have HIV.
- That everything would move quickly enough that we could get a court date before the courts shut down for the rainy season in Ethiopia *we are praying that we would be able to have a court date on July 7th.
- That we would trust the Lord and rest knowing that He loves us and loves to help orphans.
- That many orphans would be adopted and hear and trust in the name of Christ.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
You can now view videos of both children on our other website:
The password is still Stacey's middle name (capitalized) and you can feel gree to email me if you don't know it (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is a few steps you have to go through to see the video, including logging into YouTube. The instructions are on the Shutterfly site. (Sorry it is so hard, but we cannot post these things on unlocked websites).
Here is what you can be praying for:
Pray that Sena would be able to have her blood tests soon.
Pray that Sena's tests (specifically the HIV test) would come back negative.
Pray that the process would move quickly, so that they would not have to live in an orphanage for much longer.
Pray that we would trust God and know that he has a much better plan than anything we could even imagine.
Pray that many orphans (from what I understand 5 million in Ethiopia alone) would be adopted.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Hey family and friends. We just received some awesome pictures of some cute little babies. Perhaps you would like to see them? Well, I cannot post them online, so if you would like to see them email me!
NEW INFO: looks like these kids cannot be assigned to us formally until they have had their medical testing. The little boy was found on the side of the road (how sad). They are both around 3 weeks old and seem to be very healthy. Presuming that everything goes extremely well, we could have them home in August! Please pray that they would be healthy and that things with the courts would go well. I will write when I know more.
NEWER INFO: I set up a password protected site that allows people to look at the pictures!
The link is: newharefamily.shutterfly.com
The password is Stacey's middle name (capitalized). If you need that and do not know it, let me know!