“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21, emphasis mine
Blessed. Humbled. Grateful.
We have just received word that we’ve been awarded a generous grant from Show Hope, an inspiring organization (of Steven Curtis Chapman fame) that actively promotes global orphan care through several tangible avenues– not the least of which is providing monetary grants to adoptive families to help cover the hefty cost of bringing home their children. Show Hope is the real deal– having long observed their work via their Facebook page, I have not been unimpressed.
We won’t be sharing the exact figure that we were awarded (unless you’re genuinely curious, in which case you can email us directly), but I will say that we do now have all the funds we need to pay our orphanage/child-rearing fee. We will wire this ahead of us to our son’s province, which we are quite thankful for (not all provinces have this option) so that we do not have to carry an additional sev-er-al thousand dollars on our person to China– not that I suspect many folks would be ambitious enough to contend with my strapping Husband. Still, we’ll already be carrying currency for medical exams, government officials, in-country flights, hotels, dining, laundry, etc. Speaking of laundry, I sure hope that the cliche of abundant quality Chinese laundry service holds true for us because there is no way that I want to pack enough clothing for five people for 2-3 weeks. But I digress…
Starting at midnight tomorrow (Sunday the 23rd) we will also be live as the featured family on Give1Save1 to help raise additional funds for the aforementioned in-country fees we have left. The basic premise of their ongoing fundraising efforts is that giving $1 might seem insignificant to most, but if many give just $1 then it can certainly add up to something of great significance. We are asking that you consider giving $1 and also sharing the link to our video on social media, thereby encouraging your friends to give $1 and share. (And for the record, there’s a new family featured each week, we would love if you would continue to make it a point to support every family, each week. $1 is less than the cost of a 12 oz coffee!)
This Friday, my Besties Carly & Heidi are hosting a Noonday party, from which proceeds will also be donated to our adoption fund. I shared about Noonday here, previously; they are an innovative young company that supports micro-business for impoverished, at risk women in third world countries by selling their handicrafts here in the US. If you are not local to Bozeman, you can still shop/order amazing accessories online here and it will benefit our adoption fund.
In addition, Heidi has generously donated this gorgeous Noonday bracelet, the Doreen Colorblock Cuff handcrafted in Uganda, to giveaway. Another Bestie, Naomi, is a Rodan & Fields consultant and is doubling your chance of winning by also donating her company’s Enhancements Microdermabrasion paste (a $78 value!) to a second winner!
You can earn entries several ways: by donating $1 to us via Give1Save1, by sharing the video on Facebook, by sharing the video on Twitter, and by purchasing an item through Heidi at Noonday. All details and links will be on the Give1Save1 feature.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for God’s faithful and generous provision, as well as the ongoing support of all of you.