What a roller coaster year 2010 was. We lost Brad's dad and my grandad this past year but God also blessed us with our new daughter Jana. We are truly so grateful for all the many blessings God has poured out on our family.
As I reflect on the new year coming I wonder what great things GOd has in store for our family. Sometimes I fear where he might take us or what he might ask us to do but my experience has shown that when we are obedient the blessings are immeasurable. I know this that God continues to place the plight of orphans on my heart and I wait in anticipation for how God is going to use us to accomplish his instructions of taking care of orphans and widows.
People often comment on how expensive adoption is and of course it is not cheap. Ours would not be possible without our many friends and family partnering with us to make it happen along with Lifesong for Orphans and Promise 686. However, I wonder why we in America don't think twice about dropping $35,000 for a new car or truck that we will wear out and discard so quickly but we think the same amount to save a child is too much to pay?
I pray that each of you that read this blog will contemplate how God is calling you to take care of orphans and widows. Even if you don't feel led to bring one in your home you can help make it possible for others or take care of those who cannot be adopted. Start your new year by making a committment to help - check out the following organizations - http://www.servintl.org/ - SERV has an orphanage in Lodwar, Kenya, New Horizons for Children http://www.newhorizonsforchildren.org/horizons/hosting.html, Lifesong for Orphans http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/ , Promise 686 http://www.promise686.org/
May God bless you this new year. Thank you for your continued prayers as we wait to complete our adoption of Jana. Please also pray for all the hosting families and hosted children that God will give each direction regarding adoption.
God bless, Paula