Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pure Religion Conference

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27 ESV)

Pure Religion Conference: Adoption / Foster Care / Orphan Care

August 12-13, 2011 – Cary, NC
Information and registration at

Do you desire a deeper understanding of the Gospel and to grow in your love for the God who adopted you? Do you desire a deeper understanding of God’s heart for the fatherless? Could you use some practical tools to assist you and your church in caring for orphans through adoption, foster care, and international orphan care? Are you considering adoption or foster care, and want practical help with getting started? Would you like the opportunity to connect with ministry and organizational leaders, pastors, advocates and other believers who share your passion? If so, we believe this conference is for you.

Join us for the Pure Religion Adoption and Orphan Conference, August 12-13, in Cary, North Carolina. Gain a deeper appreciation for God, who adopted you as a child of Christ; develop a clear understanding of His heart for the orphan; learn about practical tools for getting involved in adoption, foster care and orphan care; and connect with leaders and representatives in front-line adoption and orphan ministries. This glimpse into the mission God has laid before us will forever change your heart and impact your life.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home. (Psalm 68:5-6 ESV)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Caroline

Eight years ago David and I were on a bus driving from Lake Atitlan to Guatemala City. We had spent a wonderful week with two different teams from North Carolina and Impacto Ministries. Some were sleeping, some were playing cards, most were beginning to process their week. I remember looking out the window and suddenly getting a sense that I needed to pray. We had been in the adoption process for about two years and were waiting for our daughter to be born. It was very clear in that moment that the Lord was calling me to pray for our child's birthmom. It wasn't until we returned home that we learned that this precious woman had given birth that same day to our daughter.....Caroline.

Our lives have certainly changed since that day. All of the waiting was worth it when we welcomed her home five months later. Now she's a vibrant, loving, fun eight year old who loves Jesus! And in two days she'll return to Guatemala to give back to her birth country. We are certainly blessed! Happy Birthday Sweet Caroline!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Story Of Faith

The Story of One of Our Grant Families uniting with their daughter!

"In October 2009 we (Quintell and Christie) were lead by the Lord to pursue our adoption options. We started with our local Department of Social Services where we received foster parent training and then began the home study process in May 2010.

While going through the home study process, we felt the Lord nudging us towards private adoption. Unfortunately, our flesh and the fear of the cost of private adoption kept us at a standstill. In early January of this year we received a phone call from a friend in Ohio. A friend of hers had recently adopted through an adoption attorney in Florida and the attorney was looking for home study ready families for a few birthmothers that were due soon.

Christie contacted the attorney and a few days later we were submitting our picture profile for birthmothers to review. The week of January 24, 2011 will forever be entrenched in our memory. We weren’t chosen by the first birthmother that reviewed our profile but the attorney had another birthmother due at the end of February. On Thursday January 27, the birthparents chose another family. We were content with wherever the Lord would take us, but deep down we breathed a sigh of relief. On Friday the attorney called and said that the chosen family was possibly backing out and asked us to be praying over the weekend.

We “prayed” all weekend and decided that we didn’t have the money to pay for an adoption and decided to call the attorney on Monday to let her know that we weren’t going to be moving forward. At 9:30pm on Sunday evening the attorney called; the birthmother was in labor and she wanted to speak with us. With nothing but faith and trust in the Lord, we soon found ourselves planning a Monday morning trip to Florida.

Moriah Faith was born at 1:51am on Monday, January 31. When our flesh was telling us “no”, the Lord was saying “yes”. We have learned over the past three months that when you surrender to the Lord’s will, He will provide. We have watched as over half the needed funds has been given to us in the time that we have been home.

Thanks to Caroline’s Promise’s grant that we received, we are able to finalize Moriah’s adoption on May 12, 2011. Thank you for trusting the Lord in your support of Caroline’s Promise and their mission of reclaiming hope for orphans. Because of your generosity, Moriah will have the opportunity to be adopted into the Kingdom."

Congratulations to Quintell, Christie and Moriah!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Father To The Fatherless

Guest post from Angie:

"In recent days my mind has wondered into deep waters as I reflected on the appointed day to honor fathers. I told myself that I was not going to post anything on my blog to remind others of how many fatherless children there are in the world. Then I went on facebook and saw a post from one of my self-adopted sisters and that changed my mind. She quoted a song sung by the David Crowder band entitled How He Loves Us and my thoughts began to flow.

I confess that Mother’s Days and Father’s Days are different for me now. They are different because I now live in a world that is bigger than me. My entire perspective has changed because I now know so many children who are without mother and father. They are parent-less. Many children I know by name here in this land of Guyana while others I have never met. For example, I have never met the hundreds of orphans who have found refuge in the Hope for Sudan orphanage, but they are deep in my thoughts on this day. Today they are literally in the middle of a new uprising in this war torn country. They have been rescued once from a life that is beyond what any of us can imagine, but they are still not able to rest in safety..."

To read the rest of the story click here!