Monday, January 24, 2011

Remembering Great Falls Christian Center....the place that forever changed us

Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

I am so thankful for face book to hear about friends from past times.  Great Falls, Montana  and Great Falls Christian Center will forever be in our hearts.  This is where our eyes were opened  to the true meaning of life and our responsibility to act.  I do not know where we would be today with their influence.  It is hard to say if we would have Elijah and Sneha???Pastor Bob words come to me more than I could imagine, the words from the Bible that he brought to life.  We so appreciated the leadership at that church Kern, Lee,Nate, and Pastor Bob. 

 Steve and Brenda changed our hearts and minds about how important guiding our children in God's truth is.  They changed our lives in regards to raising children that mind and love the Lord.  Teaching them to honor and respect with Biblical truth as the standard.  We love and miss you and your family!
 Nate preached the sermon that I have remembered  years later.  The sermon about being a slave to our Lord Jesus.  He did some acting in the aisle and brought the truth off the pages of the Bible and into my heart forever.  Thank you Nate for your passion.
 The awesome worship that rocked our hearts and souls!
 The dinner where we first attended" The Purpose Driven Life" series.
We miss the humor, love,  and wisdom of Pastor Bob.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers!  We know that Montana and the world is changed because of the love of Jesus working in the hearts of his people in a town in northern Montana.

Ephesians 2:10

 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Friday, January 14, 2011

January 14, 2011



Thursday, January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011------------ Becoming a family of 7

        Wow, does time fly by.  Elijah's surgery is done and he has no pain.  The boy is tough as nails!!!Yesterday he went a part day to school and was up and going in good shape today.  We are hoping that the tendon transfer and skin tightening on his left hand will help with control and grasp.  For those of you who don't know Elijah had a massive stroke on his left side as an infant.  Since it happened when he was so young his brain rewired it's self a true miracle.  As a result he does have left sided weakness.  He wears a foot brace to help his foot drop and his left hand doesn't have fine motor control.  This surgery should help with grasp and grip.  Hopefully his thumb will be more stabilized and the joint won't pop out.  Three surgeries in almost 3 years and he is such a good patient.  Start with a huge surgery like a cranio-plasty with 46 staples across the top of the head from ear to ear and other surgeries seem small.  Shriner's Hospital in Salt Lake City was soooo good to us.  I have to say that they are better with children than Children's Hospital in Denver and they were wonderful.  Every step was taken to make us both comfortable and to ease his nerves.   The smallest details for children before surgery make all the difference.  I am so thankful that another step is almost complete is helping Elijah's quality of life to improve.  I now know why I worked in surgery admit and post-op care to prepare me to take of my children for surgery.  Four children and everyone has had surgery to date and I am so thankful we live in the USA.

    Looking to future is what we do in New Year and we looking forward to adopting from Accra, Ghana.  If it is His will we will be approved to adopt a 6 year old little girl waiting in Ghana.  She is hearing impaired and will either need surgery, hearing aides, or implants.  At least here in the US she will have options for help.  She has been lovingly cared for by sisters in a convent for the last four years and I am so thankful that she has been loved.  A simple need such a sight impairment or hearing impairment are very limiting where resources do not exist.  I know that without my glasses I couldn't even go out side, drive, or do anything.  The sisters have been praying for a family for her since she arrived at their convent four years ago, exactly when we started to consider Ghana adoption.  It just took us time to find her.  God's timing is always right!  We know that this seems crazy to many, but we must follow the path that God places before us and we are ready for this adventure.  Hopefully by New Year 2012 we will be a family of 7!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ghana in our hearts........Give us Faith........

Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

God placed Ghana in our hearts and minds in 2007.  He was stirring our hearts for orphans of the world.  First for China,  India, and Ghana.  We thought that Ghana was a vision of the past, but God will not let us forget that we are to not forget Ghana and he has work for us to do there.  We are unsure if it missions, adoption, or pleading the case of the orphans to advocate for them.  We moving forward in faith alone, for our Father in Heaven has the pieces of the puzzle of our lives.    Crazy yes, in the world view.  Why now, and why us????  Aren't there so many other people that could do this???  Are our resources limited by our selves, yes, but our Father in Heaven has a thousand cattle on a thousand hills.  Give us the faith the size of a mustard seed and we can follow your lead.  I do not have all the details, but in my heart we must follow.   The time is now and not to wait.Soon we will know if  this is your will, and we pray your will be done.  Father hear our prayers!!!

These children  have worth and deserve  to have HOPE......

The place that changed the face  of Africa, a place of terrible sadness and loss.  I need  to see this in person to see how humans were bought and sold for profit, no regard for the truth of the worth of all humanity.