Since we started this journey, I have firmly believed that God would equip us as we needed it.
The longer we are here , and the more lives that we have opportunity to impact , we are reminded time and time again, that this is not a game or holiday! At times there are literal lives hanging in the balance.....We received a donation this week and right away we contacted the orphanage to inquire about the operation for Angela's Mom. Unfortunately that day they had learned that Angela's Mom had just died....Instantly what runs through your head is ..Could we have done more. What if we had not waited ... what if we paid for the operation ourselves...What if....What if...
God has given us some wonderful examples here that I am sure faced this question over and over....Vera lost 6 of her Babushka's this year....Geneesh lost five of his street men.....Sergei and Anya have lost people of all ages, infants to old men......Why does this have to be part of the equation.
On the adoption front , it seems that every week, we are getting emails that start with "I know that this is not your area of expertise...but...."Julie looked at me this week and said .... we need help.... Well usually God has started answering prayers before we have asked....and this one he has answered.
David and Jayne have been her a few weeks now. They work with our friends Lynne and Ruby that we know from Canada. We know that our paths have not crossed "By chance".. but they are part of the puzzle ...
David has two Master's Degrees from Olivet Nazarene University and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Master's Graduate School of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana. He currently serves as a professor and Dean of Pastoral Studies with Master's Divinity School.Sharing in the pastoral ministry, Jayne's heart is ministering to the family. Her particular calling has been to work with families formed by adoption and foster care. She has had the opportunity to publish five books on foster care, adoption and family life issues and the privilege of speaking across the country.Jayne received her Master's Degree in Life Issues Counseling from the Master's Graduate School of Divinity in 2004.
Their published resources : The Whole Life Adoption Book - revised and updated - just released (NavPress)Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Children (Greenwood)Journeys after Adoption (Greenwood)Mom, Dad, I'm Pregnant (NavPress)Announcing a new book:Embracing a Love Like No Other: The Impact of Parenting Traumatized Children on Foster and Adoptive Parents - due out in 2009 (NavPress)
On the bottom of some of our correspondence with them is this prayer...
“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may wish for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done"!A Franciscan blessing taken from Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren
Yup ... That's me Uncomfertable...angry...and foolish.....I guess we are on the right track!
You can follow David and Jayne's progress at The Journey Continues
For those on the Yahoo Adoption group.... I know that they will be a great and willing resource .... Jayne will be introducing herself to the group shortly.