Archive for August, 2008

The Church Assembly in Dallas

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

We weren’t entirely sure what to expect when we arrived at house where the church met. We knew the services were held mainly in Mandarin Chinese and that M Wang would translate for us. (more…)

Meeting the Wangs

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

We finally were able to meet with the Wangs, the Christian family we’ve been in contact with lately. Their house brought me memories of some of my childhood friends; as soon as the door was opened we were perfumed in Asian spices. They fed us rice, beef, corn and cantaloupe.

It was so nice to fellowship with their family. The wife, M, played with Abigail while Brandon and I spoke with her husband E and their two sons. E has a great zeal for the church, the Lord and His Word. We stayed almost four hours and discussed the state of the church, evangelism opportunities, and persecution in China.

We left looking forward to seeing them for church in the morning.

A Realization

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I realized today as I showed Brandon the start of my journal that I was wrong about something. It really doesn’t take special people to adopt; it simply takes people obedient to the calling of God.

I watched a few more adoption videos today, several from China and a couple from Russia. I noticed some very dramatic differences. (more…)

Journal Begins

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Today I began my journal. I wrote the back-story today, as well as the events from yesterday. I do not know how the Lord will move in our lives at this point, but chronicling it will help me to remember the good he has done for me.

Today, Lord willing, Brandon will be calling a Christian family he spoke with a few weeks ago about meeting this weekend. They belong to a home church nearby that we would like to learn more about.

Videos and Talks

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Often on the web one thing leads to another and takes us in very unexpected directions. Checking my email and reading my weekly parenting update led to clicking on a link for more information about I don’t even remember what. Once there I saw a link from a mother stating she had three children and was wondering if she should have a fourth. I was encouraged reading through the responses, very few “world over-population” scares, mostly encouragement and affirmation of the worth of children. One comment suggested adoption, which was not unusual given the topic, but they also included a link to a video montage of an Ethiopian adoption. (more…)

How God opened and moved my heart to adoption

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I’ve always said I was half-adopted. I came from my mother’s first marriage. My dad said that he chose me as much as he chose my mom. They married a week before I turned five and then my adoption was finalized when I was eight. I was definitely a daddy’s girl growing up and I wasn’t treated any differently than any of my siblings. Thus I grew up with positive feelings toward adoption and wasn’t ever closed to it. (more…)