Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

Ephesians 1:5-6

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

Isaiah 1:17

Sunday, June 9, 2013

While We Wait...

Ahhh yes...more lyrics to a song...

There is strength within the sorrow,
There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning,
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting,
Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding,
You’re teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper,
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever,
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us...

Aaron Shust -Sovereign Over Us

Pure and simple we are sitting back and praying we get front row seats to the biggest miracle we have ever seen. We need more funds. (The thermometer is some of our funds but there are other fees that aren't added into all that yet.) We still have other things in the works. We will be doing another garage sale, we are waiting on two grants that we should hear about at the end of this month, there is the t-shirts, and there is something else I'm working  on with a friend that will be revealed soon. 

On top of these funds will you pray with us for other things more specifically? Being our funds are tight already there are a few bigger items that we don't have to have but would make life a little easier. I thought it would be fun as a community to list some of our needs wants and watch God answer while we check them off. 

We are looking for:

*wooden bunk beds
*a video baby monitor (with Nina's condition we'd like to be able to keep an eye on her)
*bench seat in our van (to replace the captain seats) 
*Phil and Ted double stroller (yes very specific and expensive-but it's lighter not as wide or long and still fits 2 kids)
*a few extra dining room chairs (no they do not have to be fancy but nice would be nice ha)
*an unlocked phone that takes a Simm card for China (I'd really like an iphone 4s because it would be nice to have afterwards too since this phone isn't that great (my God knows my heart haha))

Please know I am NOT asking any of you to go buy any of these things. If you have prayed about it and you truly feel God telling you to help out, I'd be okay with that, but I just thought I'd be fun to have you all pray with us for these things and watch God provide. And if you happen to be out garage sailing and you see it feel free to call us up! :)

And  many of you have been asking when we will be leaving to get Nina. I wish I had an answer besides were not sure. I really don't mind the question, we just don't know too much yet. We are still hanging on to an August trip, but there have been so many hold ups in China that it could be pushed back. But God is bigger and He knows as much as we would LOVE to have our sweet Nina home, we still have much to do here to bring her home!

I hope you are all having a very blessed weekend! 

Love you all!!

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