Monthly Archives: January 2013

Federal finger printing

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Quick update…

Today we went to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) building in Portland for another round of finger prints (or “biometrics”).  These were taken as part of our I-600a application. The woman who worked there mentioned that they are ahead in their processing, so please join us in praying for a quick processing time of our paperwork! We are excited to get our I-171h approval back and move forward to the next step…

Thank you for your support in the journey.

Igniting Children’s Passion for Adoption

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Igniting Children’s Passion for Adoption

Our kids are getting it!  Questions are being asked (hard questions. questions that make us wrestle and search for deeper answers… aren’t kids great at asking those mind-boggling, soul-searching questions!).  This is exciting news, because we deeply want our kids to “get it”; to hear the Father’s love for the fatherless and our call as the body of Christ to be His hands and feet reaching out to those in need.

They are learning about eternal adoption (being redeemed by their heavenly Father through faith in Jesus… aka “Chosen by the Father” :)) and earthly adoption(children whom the Lord places in a new family to be loved forever).

We have been able to involve them in the journey from the beginning.  They enjoyed watching countless “Gotcha Day” YouTube videos as we were in the “praying for confirmation of the calling” stage. They quickly befriended Haile and Beti as we welcomed the Stutzman’s growing family. They rolled up their sleeves to wash cars and stirred batter to bake cookies to sell at our garage sell (they may have consumed more cookies than they sold, but they are developing servants hearts and we love it!)  And every time they find a coin they shout, “we can use it for the adoption!”

I realize that there are many parents that are not currently going through the adoption process who desire to ignite their own children’s heart for adoption.  Here are a few of my thoughts and suggestions:

Share with your children scripture on adoption. For us, this has led to many deep questions.  Adoption is a hard concept for kids (and adults!).  It takes time for them to understand, so it has been a process of unfolding and answering questions – each time going a bit deeper.  (It takes a lot of brain power to translate some of the scriptures into kid friendly definitions, so you may want to meditate on the verses yourself a bit before introducing them at the breakfast table… or, pray, jump in and circle back around often)

Show them “Gotcha Day” videos.  There are some great videos that helped us explain to our kids that not all children have parents and not all children have the surplus of food and warm clothes like we do.  It has helped cultivate an attitude of gratitude and generosity in our house too.

Grab Operation World’s “The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation” and let them find a people group to investigate.  Our kids love taking turns to open up the book and then we jump online to see images of what the different people look like, hear their language and find out roughly how many orphans there in the nation that they selected to study.

Ask them to join you in praying for children who are currently waiting for families.  You can contact adoption agencies and ask to see their list of waiting children.

One of the best ways I would suggest for igniting your children’s passion for adoption (other than to adopt yourself!) is to walk the journey with a family who is currently in the process.  Our family would love to have you join us in our journey!

One of the families we are currently walking alongside is the Lovely family.  They are in the process of adopting child(ren) from Costa Rica.  I love how they are also involving their children in their journey and encouraging other children too!  They are having a silent auction tomorrow night, and if you are near the Salem area we would love to see you there!  They are involving the kids in a special way.  Each child that brings in change will get to be entered into a raffle and a toy will be given away every 10 minutes!  They will also be having photo booths with super hero and cowboy props – super fun!  I took our kids to the recycle center and they worked hard cashing in our cans to fill their change jars to take to the auction.  I have also been passing out coins to the kids each time they have said or done something kind, giving or helpful… it’s been a great week around here and they have collected a lot of coins 🙂

Watching our kids grow in their understanding of adoption continues to be one of our richest joys. We pray it may be for you too!  We would love to hear ideas of what you do as a family too, so please share!

Scripture on Adoption

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Romans 8:15-16, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”

Galatians 4:4-7, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

Psalm 68:5, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.”

James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

Exodus 22:22, “You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child.”

Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

Isaiah 1:23, “Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow’s cause does not come to them.”

Deuteronomy 10:18, “He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.”

Psalm 10:12&14, “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself, you have been the helper of the fatherless.”

Matthew 18:3-6, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Matthew 25: 44-45, “Then they also will answer them, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minster to you?’ Then he will answer them saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’”

Deuteronomy 26:12, “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your towns and be filled.”

Proverbs 24:12   “If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”