Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Giveaway!!! Free ipad
Would you like a chance to win an ipad AND at the same time help out an amazing family doing an amazing thing? Well the Jenkins family are adopting two special needs children from eastern Europe. The process is going much quicker then they anticipated and they will be ready to travel in about a month,(its been three months and this thing usually take 9-12 mo!) They haven't had a lot of time to fund raise. THEY NEED OUR HELP!! Go to their website to enter for the ipad. They are taking donations through Reece's Rainbow,(reecesrainbow.org) or the link on their website,(www.jenkinschasingrainbows.blogspot.com).
As you know adoption is very close to my heart and after coming away alive,(and extremely blessed!!!) from completing three adoptions through foster care last year we feel led to do it again! Only this time we hope to adopt a special needs child/ren from overseas. Please pray for us as we seek Him in what He has next for us:)
We are praying about adopting a child from the photolistings on http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/thechildren or http://www.projecthopeful.org/waiting-kids .
I would like to encourage you to go through these site and see what they are all about. Look at the children and allow yourself to see them as real people who, without you and me, will die.
Now I know that not all of us are called to adopt, but we are ALL called to do SOMETHING. It looks different for everyone, some maybe called to adopt, some my be called to support financially, and all are called to pray. Praying for these children and their families my seem like the least that one could do but in reality it is the most you can.
I want to encourage you to pray for the Jenkins family, and if you feel led, help them financially.
Adoption is very exciting but it can also tear you down. The paperwork, jumping through hoops,(and EVERYONE has a hoop!)Financially, both the cost of adoption and bringing more mouths to feed. By the time you bring your child home you can be so mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted that you unprepared for the REAL journey to start. The fine art of integrating new people into a family can be rough. It is a blessing beyond blessings but it takes awhile. I know that without the prayers of friends and family I would have never made it through after we brought our children home. Praise Jesus we are a healed and happy family now, but there were many times in the past year and a half when I wondered if I would be able to finish the race.
Some days, as I search to the end of the internet, I find myself overwhelmed by all the faces and stories I read about children in need of families. I think, " There are so many!..I can't adopt them all!..How can I choose one and not another?" It's overwhelming. It makes me want to shut off my computer, stop looking at the faces,and stop caring. But I know I can't do that. God has placed the orphans in my heart for a reason.
There are 147 Million orphans in the world. This number is staggering. But, did you know, that if only 1% of Christians adopt one child, there would be no more orphans in the world?...One percent! That is so do-able! So,I will keep looking at those photos of those waiting children, and I will keep allowing God to break my heart because I realized that that 1% starts with...ME...and it starts with you too.