November 21 will mark the 10th anniversary ofNational Adoption Day, a national day of celebration of adoptive families and an opportunity for courts to finalize the adoptions of children from foster care.
Since 2000, more than 25,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. This year, families, adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and volunteers will come together and celebrate adoption in communities large and small all across the nation.
Something new this year will be the celebration of Orphan Sundayon November 8. A prairie fire of grassroots events calling individuals to care for orphans and foster youth will sweep the country for the first time. Hundreds of “Orphan Sunday” activities will be hosted by churches, organizations and individuals across America.
The campaign we have been part of, Hope For 100 is sponsoring special services at GreenAcresBaptistChurch and people who have been adopted will be recognized in all three services. Already more than 70 foster children and orphans have been adopted this year as part of Hope For 100, including our precious Favor!
Jim Caviezel, famous actor and father of two special needs adoptive children, will be sharing on Orphan Sunday. Following the morning services, we will be participating in a “Live From Nashville!” concert on behalf of orphans featuring Stephen Curtis Chapman.
The nationwide concert will begin at on Orphan Sunday and will be broadcast free of charge throughout the country. We are hopeful the attention given during National Adoption Month in general and Orphan Sunday in particular will be a catalyst for helping Hope For 100 reach our goal to find Christian homes for 100 orphans this year.
SIBLING CLOSENESS – AND A RIVALRY TOO
This past month, Amy turned 21 on October 20. For her birthday, we gave her with a gift card boquet consisting of 21 gift cards of $21 each to her favorite places to shop. She loved it! More than that, however, Amy loved meeting her new sister when she came home for a weekend last month. Paul came home last month and met Favor for the first time as well.
On October 23, Paul saw Richie play football as Richie’s Cougars beat their arch rivals 38-7. Then on October 30, the Cougars defeated a team that finished second in the state of Texas last year. The Cougars improved to 7-2 on the season and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in the school’s history and areally big deal.
We give manifold thanks to God for all His blessings this past year. While they are too numerous to count, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try! For several years now,our family has gathered together each Sunday evening to thank God for specific things He has done in the previous week. We start by turning out all the lights. Then, after each person gives thanks for something specific from the past week, they light a candle representing how God’s light chases away the darkness. By the time the last person has given thanks, the room is brightly lit and we have an object lesson of the blessings of giving thanks. We heartily recommend this practice!
Psalm 118:1 – “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
For much of 2009 MercyWorks has been actively seeking ways we can make a lasting difference in the lives of young girls caught in the snare of human trafficking. From November 30 – December 8, I am taking a MercyWorks communications team to Thailand to assess a micro-finance project that teaches young women a skill to generate income.
The aim of Thai Totes is to deliver young women from human trafficking while training them in the ways of God. Please pray for our communications team as we discover the part God has for us in helping set the captives free. The total cost for my assessment trip (including the airfare, travel in Thailand, food, fees and miscellaneous expenses) is approximately $1500. This need could be met in many ways. One way would be for just 12 people to make a $125 special gift. Of course, some may want to give more, others less. In faith I have already purchased my airfare ticket with the prayer that God will move upon the hearts of people to make a gift. I am also trusting God to encourage at least a dozen people to pray for this assessment trip. If you are unable to make a gift to help with the financial need, perhaps you could pray. I’d sure appreciate it!
In closing, this Thanksgiving we give thanks to God for you and your continuing support.