Monday, November 21, 2011

Show Hope!

My two gorgeous Show Hope girls!! Both home through grants from Show Hope (THANK YOU SHOW HOPE!!!) ....Chayah's picture is currently featured on Show Hope's website (as well as the newsletter she is holding in the picture... Sarah is holding an older edition of the "Miracles" book that her picture was featured in)  for their "Gifts of Hope"- gifts for the Christmas season that you can give to help connect an orphan with their forever family. Without grants like Show Hope's, many adoptions would be impossible, including ours that brought my two girlies home forever. Consider giving to Show Hope's Gifts of Hope this Christmas season (and take a look at my gorgeous Chayah's picture featured for a Forever Family for an Orphan in Asia!) here:

Fill their Stockings with Hope

This year, in just a few days actually, the Fill their Stockings with Hope this Christmas: 12 Days of Giveaways to Benefit Orphans in China will begin! What is it? A way to raise funds for orphans in China, give to them for them to be shown hope this Christmas, and to also have the possibility of winning the daily giveaway! To learn more about it, go HERE, click on the picture below, or on the link on the sidebar.
Fill Their Stockings

Monday, November 7, 2011

Orphan Sunday

Yesterday was "Orphan Sunday". The first Sunday of November every year is set aside by churches that choose to participate to be a day to remember God's call and command for us as His followers to care for the orphans throughout the world today. Yesterday, I saw a church full of people hearing about the orphan crisis. I saw other adoptive families celebrating this day-- remembering orphans in a special way on this day. But what would the world be like if we remembered orphans like this everyday? If you have had the chance to meet an orphan personally, you will easily understand the truth behind this statement: "Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes." This is a quote from David Platt, pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, from his book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream. The moment I walked into a small orphanage in China on a cold December morning in 2006, my world changed. My world was changed for the orphans throughout the world. I cannot ignore them or pretend they don't exist because I know the truth: they do.

 Take a few minutes to watch this video... it focuses on orphans in China, but the need is also true throughout the rest of the world.


CHINA - Orphan Sunday from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.

Adoption has impacted my life in so many ways. I am so incredibly blessed to have been able to experience the miracle of adoption! There are 143 million orphans throughout the world, in need of a family, in need of love, and in need of hope.  Consider asking God in what ways He might want you to reach the orphan.