Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Heart for the Orphan

I mentioned in my last post I felt like God is leading me to something more after our Addi May comes home. 

I can tell you since beginning our journey to Addi, God has used it to open my eyes to the orphan around the world.  

It began when my BFF went to Ethiopia with our adoption agency to work with orphans(I couldn't go).  As she was leaving she told me she learned they were also taking a trip to Haiti at the end of the summer and I should go.  And like any good friend does , I listened and went.  and these babes stole my heart.......
Then it happened... as I looked across at the kids playing in the courtyard I suddenly imagined these two (my boys) there in the orphanage without a mommy, without me to tuck them in bed and tell them they are loved and are special and are valuable.  It was that moment when my heart recognized what it meant to be an "orphan".  Food and shelter and education and loving caregivers do not equal a family. 

and my heart broke..............forever changed

I do not know exactly where this "dream" is headed yet. For now it involves sponsoring and praying for this sweet girl.... 

and I know that this blog is a small step in that direction for advocating for the orphan. 

I've been blessed beyond measure that God has given me a best friend to share the journey with. Our hearts are intertwined with the mission of fighting for the least of these.
Me &Teryia in Haiti Jan 2012

I love this quote in the God-sized dream series today@www.holleygerth.com
"We were never meant to be lone-dreamers. You need a God-sized posse, a small gang, and someone to dream crazy dreams with. We were never meant to walk this journey alone. When we lock hearts with one another and dream God-dreams we are a force to be reckoned with! "— Jennifer Watson, Today’s Guest Poster

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  1. I have a friend who is adopting a little boy from an orphanage in Haiti. What a journey it has been for her. As someone who IS adopted, thanks for caring! :)

  2. What a sweet precious dream God has given you. I pray God's guidance for you as you walk this path

  3. I love this and the heart God has given you for orphans. Will you pray for me (and my hubby), too? Adoption is something we have been praying about and considering for a long time, but after one failed attempt, we haven't had a clear answer yet as to whether we should pursue it again or not. Reading your words today made me smile...blessings to you, sweet sister, as you follow the dreams God has placed in your heart!

  4. Loved hearing about your dream! And I'm so happy you're doing The Do What You Can Plan. :)

  5. First of all, I LOVE Kings and Queens! We always blare it on the radio. :)
    Second of all, I am right where you are--adopting from Ethiopia, but knowing God has something else planned for you and advocating for orphans. Keep praying about it, and He will reveal it in His time!