Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We are headed to Africa! Dec 12th!

Well, we found out today that we will go to Ethiopia for our date with the US Embassy on Dec. 17th. We will fly out on Saturday Dec 12th and we will fly back into Denver, CO on Dec 19th to spend Christmas with our families. We are planning on being back home to Louisville January 4th. Praise the Lord! We can't believe this day has finally come!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why We Are Adopting

We've had many people asking what led us to adopt, so we thought we'd copy and paste one of our original posts. We're adopting...

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 Passed Court!

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.