Friday, August 15, 2014

celebrations

In the last week, I have been able to celebrate a few momentous occasions with some pretty amazing people.

1. A couple at our church finalized their adoption-through-foster-care of a sweet little guy who desperately needed a family who was able to provide him with unconditional love and a stable environment, something his birth family was not able to provide. Now he has a great family who can provide all of the above and then some. Congratulations to this great family, whom we met through our church adoption/foster care ministry! We are thrilled to celebrate with you and can't wait to celebrate other adoptions and homecomings with this amazing group of people!

2. The second celebration is a little near-and-dear to my heart. I was able to play a very small role in putting a foster mom in contact with someone who would eventually become a forever mom to one sweet little baby girl! It's a very long story, but God orchestrated some key conversations, heart decisions and court rulings together in order to place a precious child into the arms of a family that was longing to have another child. I must say this: A seemingly small conversation or word to or from someone else could be absolutely life-changing. Please do not neglect to be intentional in your conversations, even the "small-talk" ones. You may never know how God can use something you say or hear to absolutely rock another person's world (or your own!!) for the better.

3. ALSO, although I am not directly involved in this one, a very sick little boy got to come home to his forever family from DRC this week. He MIRACULOUSLY got an Exit Letter that vey well might have saved his little precious life. He has been in and out of the hospital, and he still has some hurdles to cross, but he is doing much better now and he is HOME with his family. THAT is something to celebrate!

(Contrast this story to that of Ben Dillow, who died in DRC while waiting for an Exit Letter. His tragic story here and here.)

There's been a lot of crap in the world these past few days. Let's not forget to celebrate the good.