Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stirred-Humbled-Compelled

Well, after many traveling issues on the way down to Peru, we did finally make it there and had an awesome trip! The three words I keep using to describe the trip: stirring, humbling, and compelling. It was a remarkable time of serving in kingdom work in Peru alongside our brothers and sisters there. The Shipibo people are sweetly devoted to the Lord and grateful, grateful, did I mention grateful? What an example of people who are able to give thanks continually. And this gratefulness is driving them to radical abandonement for Jesus. Literally, several men we met leave in a few weeks to go deep DEEP into the jungle to share the gospel with uncontacted tribes. Uncontacted meaning they've never had human contact outside of their tribe. These men and their families know this is very dangerous and they may not return. But, they are so full with the gospel message that they have to share it. Oh to have the gospel so heavy upon us that we lay down our lives for it. It's hard to even put into words everything that happened. I've included a few pics to try to capture some images. I could go on and on about it, but one post would not be enough. I'll try to give highlights over the next few weeks.

On the adoption front...not too much to report (but we know that doesn't mean nothing's happening)! We continue to wait and pray for them. Remember, we're considered December. The clocks now read...
GIRLS: September
BOYS: August
TWO CHILDREN: October
So, after over a 2 month drought with no movement the girl clock finally moved ahead! This is the first time in CWA history that girls have been moving faster than boys. Honestly, we're very weary in waiting. But, a little bit of movement gives us a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.

We were able to make contact with missionary friends who live in Ethiopia who are friends with our adoption case worker. We will defnitely be able to hook up with this family when we go over. They actually drive past our adoption agency's care center everyday...pretty cool! We're really looking forward to learning more about their ministry while there. They adopted a little girl from Ethiopia several years ago and encouraged us in the wait saying "it was all a blur and so worth it on this side of things." Somedays I find that hard to be true and being reminded of that by someone who's walked through it was very encouraging! Now for some recent pictures...

We were pretty excited to be on a plane actually headed to Peru, considering we had to take a detour to CHILE! Long story, lol:).

Somehow being above the clouds I felt closer to our little ones. Hopefully next time in the air we'll be on our way to hold them in our arms!

A welcome service they had at the Shipibo church. These women did beautiful dancing and singing for us.

This is their church from the outside. Lovely people.

We had lots of these furry guys in the house we stayed in, known by the natives as Tarantula Town.

We got these little hats for our kiddos. Maybe we'll bring them home in winter!

Remember the myrtle tree we planted for them....this was what it looked like Easter morning...now...

I can only hope that this is an image of what God's done and is doing in this time through us, for HIS kingdom...beauty from the ashes!

"Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed." Isaiah 55:13

Friday, July 9, 2010

Headed to the Jungle!

Not much news on the adoption front. Things continue to move, and hopefully the clocks will move ahead soon! They currently read...
Girls:August
Boys:August
2 Children:October
We are considered a December family. When we do receive our referral (photos and information on the children), we will make our first trip 2-3 months after referral. Our second trip will then be about 6-8 weeks after that. We're really hoping that maybe we'll be able to travel at least once before the new year! It's been really encouraging to watch some other adoptive families we've gotten to know these past few months receive referrals, court dates, and continue moving ahead in the proccess.

In other news we are heading to Peru tomorrow morning with 15 other people from our church! We will be working with churches in Lima, the Shipibo indians in Pucallpa Peru, doing work projects, children's ministry, dances, dramas, teaching, health clinic, eye glasses clinic, and more. We are greatly anticipating partnering in kingdom work with the people of Peru. The foreign mission field is really where God started opening both of our eyes to adoption. What a gift it will be on this wearisome journey to take this time to serve children. Our children are not here yet, but God certainly has many in need of His love and the gospel. God's been teaching us so much about His true biblical gospel and we want to do whatever it takes to be a part of that. A friend of mine recently gave me this quote. I don't think anything says it much better for where we're at these days...

"The place that God calls us is that place where the world's deep hunger and our deepest desire meet." Frederick Buechner