We begin this new year full of hope. Praying constantly for orphans, our adoption, and for God to place two beautiful children made in His image in our home this spring. Praying for Baby R, whose unofficial first birthday is just a month away. Praying that God would wrap His protecting hands around baby R, and that He would protect him from any harm, disease, or hunger. We pray the same for our daughter, whoever she is, where ever she is right now (we trust that God knows). We pray that God would give us a referral for our little girl before we get baby R's birth certificate, or even that we would get them the same day!
We pray for patience, peace, and perseverance in our adoption journey and praise God for a renewed sense of HOPE that He has given us lately! We PRAISE God that HE is sovereign and He knows the plans He has for our family, and we trust that they are for our good and His glory!
We pray all the families we know that are adopting and caring for orphans, that God would knit their families together through adoption in a way that displays the gospel to the world around them and brings Him much glory. We pray that the Lord would execute justice for the orphan and give victory to families whose road to rescue orphans has been long and hard.
We pray that thousands of orphans worldwide would be placed in loving, gospel-centered families in 2012! Would you join us in praying? In being like the persistent widow in Luke 18 and faithfully asking God over and over to execute justice for orphans around the world and be merciful in placing them in loving families?
"And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18: 1-8
Let us PRAY and not lose heart,