Orphan Care Night Recap

Last month I wrote about how adoption has been on my mind a lot lately…it still is.  No, we don’t have a referral yet, but we are still eagerly waiting on God’s timing to reveal who our next kiddo is.  China redid their computer system for their adoption program in May and they are still working out the kinks which has slowed things down.  They were able to release a list last week, but we weren’t matched.  A woman at church yesterday reminded me that God is never late…those words were so encouraging to me!

In the meantime, though, our church hosted an Orphan Care Night.  I must admit I was a little emotional about going at first.  On the way home from the morning service that day I confessed to my husband that I was disappointed that we didn’t have a referral yet and that I didn’t feel like going to the event later that evening.  I have learned to share these thoughts with my husband instead of hiding them.  He spoke words of encouragement and promised to pray for my heart to change…and it did!

When I arrived I actually did get emotional, but for a very different reason.  I saw dear girl friends all around who had gone through the adoption journey.  I was overwhelmed with the gift that these women have been to me!  They understand the process and get the emotions I feel.

I had Ray snap this pic of Lesily and me.  She has adopted 2 boys and has been such an amazing friend (waiting for #3!).  Love her!  (Totally random, but there is a guy carrying a table on his head in the background, hehe!)

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There was a market space set up for some small businesses and ministries that serve orphans.  Molly and her sister Emmy ran the Throne of Grace booth and Molly donated a portion of her sales that night to our church’s orphan care fund…so sweet!  (Molly graciously gave me the night off so I could enjoy the event.  Thanks, Molly!)

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I had to grab a pic of Joy and her daddy.  She was recently adopted from China and I adore her (can’t wait to meet her sister Linda who arrived home last week from China!).

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We all gathered in the sanctuary for the program portion of the evening.  One of our pastors, Matt, shared about our motivation for adopting and/or helping orphans.  He and his wife Brianne have been an amazing testimony to me of having a huge heart for orphans.  Love them too!

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Then several families from our church got up and shared about their different experiences with orphan care.  Each story was unique.  It is amazing to see how God is using families in our church to meet the needs of these little ones!

Here are Joy’s parents sharing their amazing story (you can read more about their journey HERE.

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Here our Senior Pastor and his wife shared about foster care:

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After the program, you could go back out to the marketplace and shop or talk to different ministries.  Compassion International was there and we finally signed up to sponsor a child (what took us so long?).  There was a silent auction as well and some of the bidding got intense!

The night was so amazing and I enjoyed it so much!  Our church was able to raise money for the orphan care fund which was awesome!  I am so thankful that God led us to this church body.  We have been so blessed to have such dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

As I write this, I am mourning the loss of our dear wonderful pastor and friend Rick Wilson.  He was our pastor for 13 years while we lived in Dayton, Ohio.  He died suddenly last Friday morning at the age of 52.  He leaves behind his beautiful wife and 4 children.  My heart aches for his family as well as my church family back at Grace Covenant Church.  We loved our time at GCC and this week California feels so very far away.  Rick and his wife Deb were instrumental in both Ray’s and my walk with Christ.  They loved us and challenged us.   Rick loved his wife Deb beyond words…every time he looked at her, his face revealed his total admiration for his bride.  I have so many sweet memories of Rick and I am so thankful to have known him.  He loved his flock and loved his Savior even more.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep…therefore, encourage one another with these words.
(I Thessalonians 4:13-14, 18 ESV)

Love,deb

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