Thursday, October 28, 2010

Check it Out...

Orphan Sunday
*From Ethiopia to Our Hearts*
A Fundraising Event Benefiting Our Ethiopian Adoption
Sunday, November 7 at 5:30

-Spaghetti Dinner (no cost-special offering will be received)
-Our testimony as well as those of other families who have adopted, including WJTL Station Manager Fred McNaughton
-Teaching focused on God's justice for orphans, with Anne Pierson, of Loving & Caring
-Silent Auction for several handcrafted items
*RSVP with the number of people coming to the meal to ZionChurch@aol.com or 717-872-2141

Pictured below are some of the auction items that have been donated. Most of the items were handmade by our awesome family! We will ship items out of state:). If you are unable to come, but would like to place a bid, please email me at RJCote84@aol.com

 Bath and Soap Gift Basket (soaps, lotions, bath salts, oils, candle, washcloths, and more!)
 Hand sewn autumn table runner. Perfect addition to the table for Thanksgiving dinner! (42x16 inches)
 Hand sewn patchwork blanket. This is absolutely beautiful and fleece-lined! I love Africa in the bottom corner with the heart over Ethiopia:). 5x4 feet
 Here's a close-up of the fabrics and the Ethiopia-heart feature.
Beautiful hardwood shelf with 4 wrought iron hooks and an oval mirror. 36x16 inches

More Items Coming...check back soon!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

*H*O*P*E*


It seems that referrals have started moving again in Ethiopia. Last week 3 of the adoption clocks jumped ahead!!! As our agency said in their last newsletter, "Recent referrals finally nudged us forward a bit, with the anticipation of more exciting activity soon". Eveidently, there are more referrals to come! We don't expect our referrals to be in this "movement", but it should certainly move us closer to our little ones! We learned that most of the referrals being made right now are from, Soddo, the orphanage we specifically prayed for several weeks ago where they had 58 children in a 25 children capacity orphanage. This is an answer to prayer and we're so grateful!

I've been thinking a lot about the word hope lately. I so often limit hope to something more like "wishful thinking" or wanting circumstances to change. I hope it doesn't rain today...I hope I don't run out of gas...I hope I remember that meeting after school...I hope we get a referral soon...I hope we're not late. Biblical hope has nothing to do with my circumstances really, but rather everything to do with the person of Jesus Christ within any circumstance.

When biblical hope is produced in me, my life thrives and grows like a well watered tree that is a blessing to those around me. When hope is not present, my world too quickly unravels and I'm the only one left in it! I become the center and look to my circumstances to assure me that I'm ok. I sometimes find hope being this illusive thing I'm trying to grab hold of. During those intense "heart yearning" days for these little ones, it seems the more I grasp at hope the harder it is to find. Oh to abide in Jesus as my starting and ending place, so through the Holy Spirit, hope is abounding in me!

The theme verse from our wedding has the word hope in it 2 times. I remember we both really loved the verse and wanted to use it. It's actually framed in our house 3 times (various gifts from friends). I remember putting all the frames up and thinking, do I really need this verse up 3 times in my house? We did and we do. It's a constant reminder that it's through the power of the Holy Spirit that we hope. I wanted to share a few verses about hope that have meant a lot during this journey.

Do you have a favorite verse/thought/quote about hope? I'd love to hear it:)!

Our Wedding Theme Verse: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Romans 8:22-25

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Romans 5:2-5

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The African Children's Choir

This weekend we went to see The African Children's Choir. Wow, what an incredible gift! It was truly a special blessing on this adoption journey. To see their beautiful faces full of JOY and to see God glorified through them was so stirring. At one point each child stated their name and what they want to be when they grow up: doctors, teachers, hair dressers, preachers, lawyers, nurses, and more. That's when I handed the tissues out! If you have never heard of them, I encourage you to visit their website to read more.  http://africanchildrenschoir.com/  You can also look them up on youtube to see video footage. Here are some pictures from the evening.