Our Journey To Ethiopia video
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
There are 143 million orphans in the world, according to UNICEF.
There are 2 billion people who consider themselves Christians in the world, according to government censuses.
All of these Christians are adopted, according to the Bible:
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:14-17
However, less than half of the 143 million orphans are adoptable because of insufficient paperwork (birth and death records, for example), religious laws forbidding adoption to Christian families (Muslim orphans), poor relations between the US and the orphan's government, or lack of a transparent adoption system in place to guarantee ethical adoption (Cambodia). Therefore, if only 7% of Christians chose to adopt ONE child, all 143 million of the world's orphans would have a permanent safe home! And since this is unrealistic because of the above listed reasons, if only THREE-yes- 3% of the world's Christians adopted ONE child, all adoptable orphans would have a permanent safe home and a forever family. WHAT?! That's all it would take?!
Disclaimer: I firmly believe that not everyone is called to adopt-Christian or not. But I also firmly believe that, at the very least, 3% of 2 billion Christians have been given this calling, especially since scripture defines the mark of pure Christianity as caring for orphans (see below)! It's simply a matter of obeying the call and returning the enormous gift of adoption that God has given us to a child who needs a home.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Palm Sunday or Hosaina happens the Sunday before Fassika. This day marks the beginning of Holy Week and celebrates the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Ethiopians wear headbands of palm leaves on this day to remind them of the palm leaves that were laid in Jesus' path.
This is a climactic celebration. Fasting becomes more intense over the 55-day period and the truly devoted do not eat between Thursday prayers and Easter morning. Easter Friday is a day of preparation and church-going. On Easter Eve, the main religious mass takes place. People come to church with candles and all Ethiopians wear traditional white clothes, called yabesha libs. It can be a sombre and sacred event. Or, in places, anticipation builds until — with a noisy rush of sound and momentum — candles are lit from person to person, out the windows of the church and all the way out of town.
After the Saturday night service (which winds up early Easter morning), people can return home where they will break their fast with the slaughtering of a chicken or sheep (or both). During all their holidays, Ethiopians eat a huge special sourdough bread called Dabo. They bake enough to offer a slice to everybody who visits the house. On Easter morning, the bread should be cut, after saying a prayer, by a priest or by the main man of the house.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
On the homefront, the dry-out team did an awesome job drying up all the water and finally took away those pesky dryers! They are going to come out next week to see exactly how much damage there is; however, I think we came out pretty lucky! Even though the carpet was soaked, most everything was off the floor (including both of our closets!!) so there was minimal damage to any of our furniture. It could have been much worse, so we are thankful!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Elijah kissing Bandit's head...so cute!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
- Took Isabella to the doctor for sickness (she now has strep throat) and her arm (need to go to an orthopedist to view x-rays)
- Took Isabella to the orthopedist who says she is definitely sore (keep arm in sling) but no broken bones
- Ashley, my sister-in-law, turns 34 and we will celebrate with a crawfish boil on Saturday!
- Isabella and Elijah had a playdate today with their favorite little friend, Olivia (and her little baby sister, Lainey Belle!)
- My friend, Jill, had her first little baby, Samuel Colt Hatley!
Hopefully, next week will fly by too....only this week would be a great week for a referral call!
We have been discussing on whether or not to get the kids a dog, so we just might swing by the Pet Adoption tomorrow and just see what we find!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
New signBrad on the scaffolding with Dirk and Russ ( I believe this might have been a "posed" picture of Brad since I know Brad is not so fond of heights and I never actually saw him on the scaffolding.)
We have been busy getting things ready for us to move in and worship together! We had a church-wide work day all day yesterday where the men worked on the outside doing yard work, treating for ants (and any other pests!), hanging signs, powerwashing the pavement, picking up trash, etc. Bethany had done an amazing job sketching a precious little pasture with a fence and little lambs beside a stream for our Psalm 23 Lambs mural for the nursery. This past week, she and I met to get the lambs in place and paint the scene on all the walls, but we needed some help finishing the mural, so many of the ladies did a great job yesterday making the finishing touches that were so perfect!
Some women planted flowers while others worked indoors by organizing our kitchen supply area, cleaning the children's bathroom and painting it, and cleaning, organizing and setting up our children's classrooms! We are so grateful to be sharing such a perfect space with our Romanian friends and extremely blessed to receive the Lord's provision! Soli Deo Gloria!