Nope, not us. Not fundraising yet.
God has provided in our journey to Phoebe, and we will be sending off our paperwork to our agency to send on to China soon. WHOO HOOOO.
But I wanted to write about fundraising because I've heard many a thing said about it. Some feel you shouldn't fund raise, that it says you can't afford to adopt.
Uh, really? Or that you shouldn't adopt till you have the funds ready? Again, really?
I mean, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this is my blog so you get MINE.
We've adopted children that we were able to fund their adoptions. And been very thankful, no doubt about that.
BUT-- we've also adopted children we did NOT have the funding to get them home. Didn't expect them, didn't know God's plan. But HE DID.
And HE wanted us to open up ourselves in a way we had never done before. I mean, we were all about "taking care of our own" and had no plan to change that. It's what parenting is about- right?
WRONG, so very wrong. In so many ways, the teen treasures story NEEDED to be shared, but ONLY if God could get US to follow HIS plan. Wasn't easy for these 2 stubborn parents, it took a HUGE shock for us to see we were in over our heads on this one and HAD to turn it over to HIM.
You know, you go along and think, we work, we make money, we don't work, we can't provide, it's all about US, right? Ha ha ha. NO, it's NOT about US. It's about GOD. God provides. God and only God. He can not do things if we will not LISTEN. If we will not hand over the reins and let Him guide where He wants us to be.
Talk about tough. We were humbled, deeply humbled by the sheer outpouring of love for our teens, for them to be together, to get those boys home with their sister. Money poured in. Miracles happened in getting Chase's paperwork approved. God and only God talked to those less stubborn and so grounded in Him and they listened. Teaching US what it meant to "be still and listen." To hear HIM.
Because up until we got our baby boy I believed in God but I didn't really know how to WALK with God. To give ALL to Him. And I still can't say I know it ALL, no way. Each day I learn more, I want to be stretched to take in more, to become MORE for my God. To be used by HIM, however He wishes because of how much He loves me. And I love Him.
Our baby taught me to LISTEN. Yet another lesson I needed to hear God and do His Will.
So what does this have to do with fundraising?
Well...... our pastor's wife always says "Don't deny the blessing."
And it's true. If we hadn't asked, our sons would not be here. If we hadn't asked our daughter would be a different person. If we hadn't ASKED, how many of YOU would have been touched by the teens story?
And it's not about US--- it's all about GOD. God wanted people who donated, prayed, followed, to feel HIM. And His love for these children.
To see what He can do and how AWESOME He and only He is. How powerful His LOVE for us, each one of us, is. He knows each and every one of us, the good, the bad, the ugly and He LOVES us.
He had a plan for our children, His special ones, the orphans, and He asked so many and so many responded. YOU share in these children.
Doesn't knowing they are home, with their sister, bickering like the siblings they are, gaining strides in learning about family love, now even starting to give BACK and let God use THEM to spread His love and joy to more people, well doesn't that just make you love God even more? That He included YOU in His miracle of these children?
We've been blessed to parent them, that's for sure. They are God's children. Given to us to parent, to care for them, teach them of Him. And we have been able to help, not huge amounts of money, but lots of prayer- for other children being adopted. God called us and we heard Him and answered. Not because WE are so wonderful, no GOD is so wonderful that HE called us and gave us the chance to respond and help other families called to adopt. Following HIM.
I am 100% for fundraising for this reason. God can't do the work He desires, sometimes in us, sometimes in someone else, unless we listen and follow His Will. Not ours. And yes, it might be something hugely uncomfortable. God doesn't promise us He won't push us to be MORE for Him. He doesn't want us comfortable and uncaring. He wants us giving our ALL to Him.
We were surprised God meant for us to adopt Miss Phoebe. But she is no less wanted by us. We have been amazed to see God's plan unfold for her, humbled again, by His provisions for her adoption so far. Because He has provided for the steps of her adoption so far. Again, stretching us and making us understand how BIG His love for us and her is.
I'm so thankful to know God, to know His love for me, to share Him with all of you through our children and their story.
So how about you guys? Anyone want to share their story of God's love for them? Feel free, come on, share!! It's so wonderful to give others a view of what God can/has done, the glory being for Him.
I know you've got stories to tell, don't be shy. And if you ARE fundraising leave a comment for anyone who is interested in listening to God and needs a family to help. Go right on ahead. I fully support fundraising and would be honored to pray for your family as well:)