Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Birthday Wish

It's late here in Indiana; and after two days of little sleep, a sick child, and an abnormally large work load I am exhausted.  But God has put a sweet sister in Christ on my heart.  I have blogged before about Christie Magera and Ekubo ministries.  This is a ministry that is very dear to my heart.  While I have not met Christie in person, I feel like I've known her my whole life.  She pours every bit of her soul into her ministry and Christ shines through her.  Christie has been battling malaria since April.  She came to the U.S. to rest several weeks ago, but rest she has not.  She has been putting many hours into fundraising for Ekubo ministries and the people they serve in Uganda.  Christie is such a selfless individual.  She truly serves the least of these everyday.  And today, her husband's 30th birthday she is in the hospital in Alabama, stricken with what is most likely a severe form of malaria.  She is very ill and needs your prayers.

Most people would expect her to be focused on her health and getting better, but Christie continues to worry about their ministry and the people they serve.  She shares her story with every nurse, Dr, and intern who enters her room at the University of Alabama hospital where she is seeing a specialist.  While her husband is half a world away in Uganda she has one wish, for people to donate $1 for every year of George's life to Ekubo ministries.  Ekubo is currently in the process of building a hospital in their village, as well as serving so many, many other needs.  Would you prayerfully consider making a donation of any amount to their ministry for George's 30th birthday?  You can do so by  visiting her blog at http://compassinmyheart.blogspot.com/ and  clicking "Donate Here" in the left-hand column there.  Please share this blog post with your friends!  Let's blow them away with our support today.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Dossier Complete!

So much has happened since our last blog update.  We are now number 11 on the list for Boys/Girls 0-24 months and at the top of the list for Special Needs boy and girls!  Our dossier is now complete and is in the authentication process.  We have been experiencing so many emotions the past few months.  A few weeks ago I was double checking our dossier for completeness before I mailed it to our adoption agency. For those of you who don't know, part of the Ethiopian dossier is a compilation of photos of your family and home.  Ours looks something like this:
These photos represent your family, and are all the courts and Ministry of Women's Affairs get to see in order to better know your family.  I went a little overboard and attached 15 different pages of our home and family. As I looked at each page I wondered what it would be like to see these pages in the eyes of the woman or man who looked these over. As they walk home each day to poverty, what must my middle class home look like to them? I began to feel convicted. I have been reading through the entire Gospel the past few months and God really spoke to me through Luke 12:48- To Whom much is given, much is required. To most people in America, our home does not look like much.  But to the average person in Ethiopia and other third world countries, it must look like wealth.  Extreme wealth.  When we began this journey, our goal was to adopt a child. But we are adopting so much more than that. We are seeing Jesus in a whole new perspective.  Striving to live our lives in Radical obedience to Him.  I know once we step foot on Ethiopian soil and experience it first hand our lives will never be the same.  And I would not have it any other way. I wil leave you with some words from David Platt, “Radical obedience to Christ is not easy... It's not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”