Natasha and Maxim

Natasha and Maxim
Natasha 16 yrs and Maxim 12 yrs

Monday, May 23, 2011

Prayers, Prayers, We Need Prayers!

Today is the first day we have gotten through to Natasha and Maxim in about 2 weeks. I don't know what it is, but the phones have been busy alot and there has also been a bad connection. Maxim didn't come to the phone for some reason but we got to talk to Natasha. She broke my heart today. I know I have mentioned that she usually doesn't talk much, just answer our questions with yes or no. Well today she kept on asking when were we coming to get them. We just really don't have a good answer for that. We know that we are striving to get there by mid June and we told her that. But Elena told her that if we couldn't get there in June that it would be August because the orphanage director is coming to America during July to be a chaperon with New Horizons. I think since she has seen the process of her friend Vika's adoption it is making her realize that this is really going to happen. The thing is that it could very well not happen in Aug. either because the SDA has pushed there closing forward until maybe Aug. If that happens it could be even Nov. before we could get them. Natasha then asked if we could not get there before August could we host them for the summer. We had to make the decision not to host because there was the chance of bringing them home in July. It was very hard to not be able to say we will be right there. She has never really indicated that she really wanted to come other than saying yes, so when she said this I wanted to be right there. We then said our good by, we loved her and we would get there as soon as we could. It did make me really excited that she opened up so much and was so ready to come, but also sad because she wanted to come and I couldn't do anything about it. The tears wanted to really flow but I held them in. Then after that I called the adoption agency to see if our dossier was getting turned in on schedule, which was going to hopefully be today or tomorrow. Well, I found out there was some delay and it would probably be next Monday or Tuesday. This was hard to here after  I had just been listening to Natasha want to come so bad. It was just about already to the impossible point but now even worse than that. Now as soon as the dossier is given to the right hands they will have to choose to give us a date to travel immediately. This will be a miracle. This does not usually happen but the Lord has done some pretty amazing things so far and I know that if He wants them home now they will come home now. Please pray for God's miracles. We know that Maxim and Natasha  are not in any danger besides that of a broken heart. We can't wait to see God work in their lives to repair that. It is so hard for me to see how they could have to wait even longer to be united with their forever family but we do trust whatever God's perfect will is. Please also pray how you can be a part of changing these children's lives. The Lord works in lives in different ways. He blesses some people by giving them a heart to open up their homes to orphans and He blesses some people with the finances to help these children find a home. We can't always do it all but we can work together to give them everything they need. We still need $20,000. Are you the one who can help financially and give Maxim and Natasha a chance at life. We know that God wants to change more than our lives with this. If you let your heart see what God wants you to see , you will never be the same. I praise and thank God for what He is doing in my life! I will never be the same. Please pray that God's miracle will happen and the dossier will be turned in quickly and we will get a travel date before the 3rd week of June. Please pray that Maxim and Natasha would not have to wait any longer to be united with their forever family. They have been without a family long enough. We all know God's heart for orphans. We are His hands and feet here on earth. Help us show these children Him. May God be glorified through all that will happen. To God be the glory!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

True Faith

Here is the newest picture of our puzzle of Maxim and Natasha. We have now had 170 pieces. Please help give them life by donating $5 and have your name on the back of the puzzle to show them you care. You can click the donate button at the bottom of the page.

We had an awesome weekend at Roopville Road Baptist Church. We had our Global Missions Conference. We had many missionaries from this area and from all around the world telling about the mission that God has led them on. It was great to see all the Lord is doing in every part of the world. Through our adoption process the Lord has pierced our heart for orphans in a great way. We know the Lord is calling us to help these children in some way. Please help us pray as we seek God's will for this. 

Now for my story about true faith. As we have been going through the adoption process I have claimed many times that we are moving forward by faith and trusting God to meet each need (and He so graciously has). We have never been in the financial situation to do what we are doing. This whole adventure has been God's from the very beginning. We knew God placed Maxim and Natasha into our home because by the time we realized this was what God wanted us to do they were about the only sibling group left. Brady and Sarah Grace wanted a boy and a girl and we thought that would be great. We watched as the Lord provided every dime we needed to bring them here and not only that but provided for them while they were here. As the Lord confirmed in our hearts to adopt them we knew that this whole journey would have to be a matter of faith. We knew that we not only didn't have the money to adopt them but we would living on faith each day after all this is over also. As time is drawing near to go to Ukraine the Lord has shown me that the faith I had has really not been faith at all. I realized this as my family was having our prayer time the other night. I shared with them since our time was running out that I knew that if all else failed we could get an adoption loan that was interest free and payment free until we received our adoption tax credit check next year ( which sounded so great and perfect). We have known this of course but hadn't ever talked about doing it until then. Thinking the whole time that I had been living solely on faith, in the back of my mind that we could always do this if the rest didn't work out. Then it was like I had been shot in the heart. Brad proceded to remind me that we had decided long ago when we got out of debt that we knew that it was not God's will for us to ever be in that situation again. I guess that all this time I had blocked this out of my mind because I had to have a backup plan in case God didn't come through for me. You can't imagine how that hit me when I realized all along that I didn't really trust God if I had a backup plan of my own.That just truly tore me up. The next day it was all I could think about. How I claimed to truly trust God and even made myself believe it. But I know that this is not true faith and trust. It is our humanness to always have a backup plan in case God doesn't come through for us but it is not how God has called us to trust Him. He has called us to trust Him in everything. We don't need a backup plan when we truly trust Him. I realized then that God is calling me to a faith I've never had or experienced. So now if I truly trust him I have to move forward in real faith. God has shown me what real faith is. We have no other option now but to really put our faith to work. We have come so far already having $9,000. But it is so hard to look at $21,000 more and think it is even possible. We have to have a HUGE faith for this. As I have said before, we have a HUGE God, but all this takes on a whole new meaning of huge.I know that many people in this world don't understand this and even many Christain people don't understand. We all have it in our nature to think we have to fix it all. Sometimes we just can't and thats when you are pointed to the One who can, Jesus Christ.

Please join us in faith as we believe for the HUGE. He would not have brought us this far for nothing. Next week our dossier will be turned in and we will be awaiting our travel dates. When we get this date we have to be there or it is all over. You can't just reschedule till you get the money. This is it. This is where we trust God for the HUGE. We know the Lord has called us here. We can't even imagine how He will pull this off, but I can't wait to see just what He is going to do. I pray that the world would see Him. I pray that the world would see how awesome it is to truly give your whole life to Him. I can't wait to see what He is going to do in your life too!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Waiting on God's Timing

Please pray for God's perfect will to unfold. We really can't believe how things are coming along so quickly. Just a few weeks ago we were told it would be a miracle if we got to Ukraine before the SDA closed down. Today we can say that each step is working out amazingly. We were first waiting on our marriage licence to get here from Jamaica. We thought they would never get here. They got here about 2 weeks ago and they were sent directly to Washington. They had to be apostilled by the Jamaican Embassy. They have now been sent back to us, thanks to the wonderful man in Washington that helped us. Back here we have had a very nice man at Johnny Isakson's office helping us to get our adoption approved. We had waited a week because he needed proof that Maxim and Natasha are brother and sister and that Natasha is about to be 17. This came Tuesday and we just found out today that they are now considering expediting. I really don't understand all of this but all I know is that this could be happening very soon. Our dossier is being sent today to Joe and Nicole ( the family adopting Kolya) and they will take it with them to Ukraine on May 9th when they go for their first trip to adopt Kolya. It will then be up to them to give us a court date. This normally takes awhile but we have reason to believe that we could know soon after that. Please pray for God's perfect plan. We know that whatever is His plan is best. We have many, many details that will have to be worked out but our God has told us that HE will work out each one. We know that Maxim and Natasha are supposed to be here with us. God has called us to take care of them and love them and said He would take care of the rest. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!!

Also, please pray for us as we seek God's will about what He wants us to do with what He has shown us. He has touched our heart for orphans in such a mighty way. There are so many out there and we could bring hope to their lives in many different ways. It is hard to comprehend not having a family or ANYONE. We don't know how blessed we are just to have someone who cares about us. They have no one to tuck them in bed each night, no one teach them the most simple things we take for granted. Just try to imagine what it would be like. It is hard. I think it is almost impossible unless you have had it right in front of you. And then even then it is. My children had them in their home for 4 1/2 weeks and still have no clue, but they will, and I know God is going to change our lives forever. I am so excited about what He is doing. I pray that each one of you will be touched as we have been but you do have to choose to see it. We can keep blinders on our eyes if we want to or we can choose to jump in to what God wants to do in our lives and follow Him no matter how hard it is. I challenge you to do that. I have found that missing the awesome things God has for us is like missing out on life. You can't imagine what He can do in your life till you make the choice to follow. Then you will see just how amazing He is and how He can run or lives perfectly if we let Him. I promise you don't want to miss it. It is more awesome than you can ever imagine. God loves you more than you can ever imagine!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!!

We would like to thank everyone who helped us to make our Fundraising Festival a great day. So far we have raised over $3,000. just from this past weekend. The BBQ was great! Everything turned out great! It truly was such a show of God's love to us and we can't wait to show Maxim and Natasha the outpouring of love to them. I can't imagine how it must feel to think no one loves you and then to get to see that not just one person loves you but many, many people love you. I pray that they will see God's love abundantly as we have through everything you all have done. I have so many people to thank. I do not want to forget anyone who helped so I just want to say thank you to everyone. Thank you to everyone who helped in the kitchen. That was a huge job! Thank you to each person who helped at each table, ticket table, shirt table, Maxim and Natasha's table, cake walk, silent auction, inflatables and to our great face painters. Also to everyone who donated a cake, something for the silent auction, and the inflatables. If you did anything, thank you! If you prayed, thank you! We could never thank you enough.

Even though we did great on Sat. we still have along way to go. We are now up to $8,000. That means $22,ooo. left. Seems impossible in our human minds but we know that we have an amazing God who says He will finish what He has started. We hang on to this everyday. We now have very cute shirts for sale that say "My Favorite Book Says We're All Adopted" Ephesians 1: 4-6 with a picture of the Bible on it. We have hot pink and light blue. They are $15.  We also still have many prayer bracelets. These are the colors of the Ukrainian flag, blue and yellow. They are $3. You can always be reminded to keep Maxim and Natasha in your prayers. Also remember that we still have a puzzle to put together. When you donate $5 they will see your name on the back and know that you care about them. The quilt works the same way. With a donation of $25 your name will be put on a square on their quilt so that they will be wrapped with lots of love. In James 1:27 it says," Religion that God 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. Lets help these children find life!

Here is a picture of the shirts and bracelets!!