July 24, 2012

Nefarious Screening in Richmond

Last Monday I had the privilege to go represent IJM at a Nefarious screening in Richmond and to share about the TVRPA act. Click on that link to find out more about TVRPA. This is a very important law that fights trafficking here and abroad and we need your help with it!

I would love for all of you to check out that TVRPA link and take the 100 Postcard Challenge!

This event was hosted by Richmond Justice Initiative which is a very active group fighting trafficking. I was blessed to meet all of them.

This is a great inside look at sex trafficking and shows a beautiful picture of rescue and redemption! I shed quite a few tears.  I hope to be able to host a screening in our area this fall.

PS. We also have a Shenandoah Valley Justice Initiative for our area--check them out on facebook!

July 18, 2012

A Year Ago

A year ago today we were going to court in Ethiopia for Teshale.

We stood in a crowded waiting area for what seemed like forever (thankfully we were told to head straight for the one and only window when we got there for air)

While waiting we watched.

Watched the kids in the street shine shoes.  Watched them discover us and smile and wave and make gestures trying to get us to come down.

Watched women with a portable coffee stuff going up and down the street serving coffee to people.

Watched a variety of people in the waiting room as they talked in in different languages.  Watched many of them go in the court room and come back out—either crying and happy or looking relieved that it was over.

Watched court officials and agency workers continually telling people waiting to be quiet.

Watched birth families—specifically one young male as he flipped through a photo book over and over and over again with such sadness. This broke our heart and brought Greg and I both to tears as we imagined our sons’ families in this room.

Watched the Ethiopian judge as she sat behind and desk and ask us if we were prepared, if our children at home were ready, if we were going to teach our son about Ethiopia, if we had met him and still wanted to adopt him.

And then it was over. We didn’t pass that day waiting on the infamous letter and had to wait for 2 weeks. Then he was our son legally (by the courts) but he had been for many weeks already in our hearts!!

Some pictures from a trip down memory lane:

This was our first look at him ever :)

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Cannot imagine our life without this little guy in it. He has stolen all of our hearts and is spoiled rotten.

July 11, 2012

I have to say it

I am sorry. But I have to say it. I will probably offend and I don’t mean to but I am just baffled.

Really?  All the ‘woohoo’s’ and ‘yea baby’ and all the uproar over a movie about male strippers?

Really?

And it brings up this question to me: What would you think if your husband, son, dad, or whoever was running around talking about a movie about a group of women strippers?

Would that be okay with you?

I am really not trying to sound judgmental because there is plenty of stuff that you can judge me on. But I truly don’t get why moms and women seem to get a pass on this and it’s okay to rave about.

Sunday at church our pastor shared the verse that Greg and I love. But..he focused on the ending of it..which we tend to forget at times.

James 1:27 says:

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Think with me for a minute. What does your children who are friends with you on facebook think as they see mom raving about that movie? 

Is that okay? Is that really the example you want to portray?

Is that really want your teenage sons or daughters to learn? How does this affect their opinion on dating and physical relationships and boundaries?

You know that I am passionate about fighting sex trafficking. And I know you are probably thinking “well, that’s reaching”

Is it?  We gush over a move because it contains men who are strippers.  A ‘job’ that dehumanizes people and makes them objects.  something to lust over. something to fulfill your desire. Something that many times involve people who are trapped and desperate and have deep emotional wounds. Something where money is paid so people can get their thrill.

Sound familiar to the issues of sex trafficking? Dehumanizing, objects, lustful desires, deep emotional wounds…

And we are going to glorify that? and join in the crowd? 

Really?

And don’t even get me started about that book everyone is reading.

Seriously friends.

Fill yourself with what is good, clean, and holy. Think on these things.

Do not let the world corrupt you.

July 10, 2012

A Super Derecho

2 weeks ago we had a CRAZY storm here. A Super Derecho.  yea. I had never heard of that either.

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It left us desperate for electricity and water for the weekend. And very needing to take showers.

The eldest finally broke down and washed her hair in the baby pool because she had to go to work.

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It was crazy hot as well and when I was in my most annoying whiny just stating the facts mode.  The hubs said (in his most cheery voice) “It’s just like camping”

To which I responded (in my I am going to knock you out voice)  “I have bathhouses when I camp!”

Electric being out I can deal with. Water…not so much.

But we survived. :)  And cheered when it all came back on. And we all quickly ran to flush some toilets.

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July 2, 2012

What love, faith, and obedience looks like

I love watching adoption unfold. From the first shaky ‘yes’ to meeting them for the first time and then finally bringing them home and beginning to learn who this little person is. It’s a road filled with many bumps, twists, curves, and unknowns.  It is filled with love, faith, and obedience.

A couple of photos moved me so much the past couple weeks. I wanted to share them with you.

This is Amy on her final journey to bring T home. Remember T from our TLZ auction?

All 3 of these boys are now HOME. with families and with love.

And they all live in the same state..a couple hours is the biggest distance between them.

Only God.

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Don’t you just love it??

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Meet Steve and Julie and their son U.  I know them from way back with our adoption of Ab. While I was advocating for a little boy with our agency Julie and Steve jumped up and said YES!

I LOVE this photo.

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How about you guys?

 Have any photos of what love, faith, and obedience looks like?

Link up below to share your blog post with photos that speak that to you!!

July 1, 2012

Village of Hope-Guatemala Giveaway!!

Blogging for Lifesong for Orphans today!
 
It takes a village to raise a child! – African Proverb


When God called us to start Village of Hope, we knew that HE would put together the pieces and bring those that He would have serve alongside us. We are completely blown away by all the people He has been sending our way… but, then again, we really shouldn’t be blown away by how great our God is and how HE provides to bring His work to completion.


As we prayed and asked the Lord to provide for the first $20,000 needed for Village of Hope, God’s people stepped forward to provide an incredible gift basket. From now until August 1st, you have a chance to win!
 
The gift basket includes:


HOPE jewelry from Funky Fish Designs
 
 
Village of Hope t-shirt (your choice of color and size)
 

$100 TOMS gift card
 

$100 Amazon gift card
 

$100 itunes gift card
 
How do you enter?
-share on facebook, twitter, or blog: 1 entry for each time you share (you MUST contact us at Christi@lifesongfororphans.org to let us know that you shared)
-each $25 donation: 2 entries
-each $100 donation: 10 entries
To make a donation to Village of Hope, click here.

Village of Hope is a ministry of Lifesong for Orphans in partnership with Project Hopeful. The vision for Village of Hope was born out the knowledge that God has a heart for the least of these. Scripture reveals a God who is passionate about the sick, the widow, the orphan, the alien, and the poor.The purpose of Village of Hope is to provide family, faith and a future to the least of these by providing holistic orphan care to special needs orphans, primarily focused on those living with HIV/AIDS in a family-style setting.
 
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