A few days ago I shared the news with you that we have finally moved on to the next step in the adoption process – accepting the match Haiti has presented us. Loren and I are only a couple days away from traveling to Haiti and meeting the child we have been matched with. There is so much for us to process, but more importantly, there is so much for the child to process. So please keep us in your prayers over the next two weeks as we do our best to connect with the child and help them understand what is happening.
In our house, we have been talking a lot about how this trip is coming along at a crazy busy time for us. It’s hard to understand sometimes why God chose this time period out of the last three years. But it is a reminder that we aren’t doing this because it is convenient. It is just because this is the child we are to love and welcome into our family, and we need to trust God that this time is the right time.
But like I have shared before: there are so many ways for us to love others. Some are called to care for orphans through working in orphanages. Some foster. Some adopt. Some give financially to those in 3rd world countries. Other people have a burden to care and look after the elderly. Some meet the physical needs of others by bringing them food. Some offer rides to work for those without transportation. Some mow their neighbor’s lawn.
One version of love is not more valuable than the other. One is not more noble than the next. They are all important ways to meet the needs of those around us, be it people in our neighborhood or those across the ocean.
As we head to Haiti I am going to cling to the verse in 2 Timothy 1:7.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and of timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.
To help remind us of the need to love others boldly we have put together the “Love Boldly Campaign”. I hope that these shirts and mugs will encourage me to love others boldly, right where I am today. Be it at home, in the grocery store, or in Haiti.
If you would like to join us and order a shirt or mug $10 from every purchase will go into an account to help pay adoption fees. At this point, the fees include medical exams for the child, country processing fees, and also payment to the créche to continue to care for the child until we can bring them home.
a sample of the color and style options
Thank you so much for your interest and encouragement as we go through the adoption steps. We cannot wait for the day when we can finally share a name and picture with you. Pray that the day comes soon!