Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…
-James 1:27

When we officially began our adoption journey in 2013, my end goal was adopting one child. We would complete paperwork, wait for our match, adopt our son, and move on with our life. It was a neat, tidy little package tied up with pretty ribbon. It would end with a satisfying check mark in the box of “Doing What God Wanted Me to Do.”

The past three years have done a number on shattering my plans for life after adoption. God broke me. They broke me. Broke my heart beyond the hope of reasonable repair after seeing so many faces of children who need parents. Broke my heart for China. I would never have imagined physically aching to go back when I see pictures of two of my babies’ homeland. I left part of my heart almost 8,000 miles across the ocean.

Broken.

God calls us all to be broken for orphans. And while not everyone is called to adopt, every person is called to help in some way, be it through providing encouragement to those who are adopting, praying for them and their children, bringing them a meal, or offering financial support. We are the body of Christ, each part working together for the greater good.

“But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacks it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffered, every part suffered with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
-1 Corinthians 12: 24-27

I want to offer you an opportunity to be part of the body that brings home two very special boys from China. Many of you know my passion for finding a family for the boy I call Joshua, an eight and a half year old boy with cerebral palsy that I met in China (twice). God put this boy on my heart, and he wouldn’t stop speaking his name until we found him a family. I am part of the body of Christ for this boy in a way that I hadn’t expected. His plan was not for me to be Joshua’s Mama. It was for me to help find his Mama and offer her encouragement. Her friendship means the world to me now, and I want to do everything I can to help Grace and her husband Ryan welcome not one, but TWO amazing boys into their family! These kiddos are so lucky. Look at what they have in store for them! Two amazing parents and three SISTERS!

img_5050Grace refers to these cuties as “The Little Ladies.” Love it! The are 6, 5, and 2.

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I think these three are ready for their brothers! They’re all going to have so much fun together!

So a little more about the boys: One is almost nine; one is almost three. They both have cerebral palsy. Big Brother (“Joshua”) previously used a walker, but with much determination and practice (and the hope of a family coming for him), he has worked so hard to graduate to a cane to aid him in walking. He is a sweetheart with a kind personality, and he is excited about coming to America to live with his new family. Judging from the videos I’ve seen, Middle Brother (only a few months older than his soon-to-be little sis!) is a happy little boy with a contagious smile. Such a cutie! He also has some limb deformities, but they don’t slow him down! He is an active little dude!

I’m so thrilled to see them both join Grace and Ryan’s family. What a blessing to come into such a loving home AND to have the support of each other growing up together! It’s ultimately what we wanted for our two littlest boys as well…another family member who could truly understand the experience of growing up outside of one’s own birth culture.

Now remember the whole body of Christ thing I mentioned earlier? HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN HELP!!! My amazing friend Denise has set up a Noonday fundraiser for Grace and Ryan to help bring their precious sons HOME! They should be able to travel sometime in the spring, and I know that they would appreciate any help along the way in getting these boys home. As I’m sure you are aware, adoption itself is costly. Grace and Ryan will also be facing additional expenses for therapies and possibly surgeries for both boys to allow them to have higher functioning with their special needs. Please consider participating in this wonderful fundraiser. You can get a head start on Christmas shopping AND help bring these guys home!

Click below, and be sure to submit your orders by OCTOBER 20, 2016.

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 Our Noonday Ambassador, Kiersten Heckert, shared this info about the company:

Adoption is the reason Noonday began in the first place. Noonday’s founder, Jessica Honegger, and her husband were serving together in an orphanage in Uganda when they felt the Lord lay it on their heart to grow their family through adoption. While in Uganda, Jessica became friends with Jalia and Daniel, artisans who had a passion for using the gifts God had given them to create opportunity through dignified work in their community. Jalia suggested to Jessica that she take some of their paper bead pieces home with her, sell them, and use the profit to help fund their adoption. Jessica’s community loved the pieces so much that she kept placing more and more orders from Jalia. Noonday Collection evolved from that initial partnership, and they were able to adopt their son, Jack, from Rwanda.

We are a fair trade business (members of the Fair Trade Federation) that partners with 29 artisan business in 12 countries and connects them with a global market, so they can create dignified jobs in the vulnerable communities they are part of and provide for their families.

Noonday’s name comes from Isaiah 58:10- “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Our mission is “To build a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, people have jobs, and we are connected.”

The “children are cherished” part of our mission includes adoption. There are multiple stories from artisans we partner with of women who were near giving their children up to orphanages because they could not provide for them, but because of the opportunity to have a job, they have been able to keep their children and raise them in their own homes. However, we also want to provide opportunity for children who are in orphanages around the world to have forever families. We do this through adoption fundraisers. To date, Noonday has partnered with over 1600 adoptive families through trunk show fundraisers to help them raise money they need to bring their children home.

I am so excited to know that two orphans will very soon know the love of a family. I have seen what love does through my own two adopted children. Grace and Ryan’s family is going to blessed by their new additions more than they can even imagine right now. God is going to WOW them.

Please share, share, share this blog with everyone you know. We’re gonna do amazing things for this family. I just know it.

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