Sunday, July 8, 2012

Adopting because of CHRIST!

"In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved."
Ephesians 1:5-6 

Today, we had our fundraiser at church.  
But before any fundraising started, we were blessed with
a beautiful message by Pastor Paul Anthes.

What was so refreshing about his message was
that his emphasis was NOT on how important adoption
should be to us Christians...

It was about how precious, undeserved,
and true our OWN adoption is 
(you can listen to it here)

We have done nothing in ourselves to 
merit our adoption as sons and daughters of The Father.

 However, at GREAT COST, He still adopted us 
and gave us an inheritance!! 

All of this to the praise of His glorious grace.

Our RESPONSE to this should be very natural!

So our motivation for adopting a precious,
helpless, homeless orphan is
NOT our desire to care for him.
It is NOT our desire for another child.
It is NOT our desire for a beautiful African baby.

It IS our desire to glorify Christ 
and LIVE the Gospel! 

We are doing this for Him and in response to 
what He has already done for us!

Such a precious reminder to us this morning.  
May we always stop and remember this 
any time that we start relying on our 
own strength and initiative.

Noelle was really paying attention...
So with that as a start, I believe it prepared our people's hearts.

We had a lunch, 
some q&a time with Paul,
and then some fun DUNK TANK time!
My dad in the tank!
Chris goin down!
Joy dunkin Daddy!

Noelley having a turn
Through it all, we raised over $1,300!!!

We only needed $200 to send off our I600A, 
so I've got that all ready to mail in the 

Now we'll have a head start on paying
for the next steps.

BTW, once we get this form back (3-6 weeks),
we'll be able to be matched with a child!

Meaning, we will have a face and name to our son.:)

We are beyond grateful and looking forward to 
what The Lord does next!

We still need about $10,000 more.

We're currently researching other ways 
to come up with that!

So we wanted to share our excitement 
and gratitude to our Lord 
for what He has done so far!!

Stay tuned for more updates!!
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