Friday, August 15, 2014

Adoptive Mom Mini Retreat!


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Registration for the 2015 Created for Care retreats opened today and both retreats are already full!  You can still put your name on a wait list but I saw another option that I think is fantastic…

A Created for Care Mini Retreat!  From the website:

Have you attended a Created for Care Retreat and wished you could take the blessings and lessons of your weekend home to your family and friends?  Or have cost and distance prevented you from joining us in Atlanta?  We are so excited to be able to offer you Created for Care Mini Retreats; the chance to bring hope, refreshment, girl time and chocolate to your very own community.

You can access resources to plan your own mini retreat, including helps for how and what to organize, a sample schedule and even some mini retreats that are already scheduled.  Visit the webpage:  Created for Care Mini Retreats



With a little effort, adoptive moms all over the country can connect, fellowship, be encouraged and make new friends!  Be sure to let us know if you decide to organize or attend a Mini Retreat!

For moms in the western part of the country, the Called to Love Retreat in Silverton Oregon is on Nov. 14-16 and early bird registration ends Sept 1st!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Acts of Kindness - Pass It On

By Joy Casey, Director
Adoption Ministry

This is an updated re-post, originally written in July 2010


I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121: 1-2


People in Ethiopia wryly chuckle and say, “Everyone here has a story.” It’s true! I have listened to peers tell of torture and loss during the communist rule (1974 – 1987). I have listened to children orphaned by AIDS who lived in trees to escape hyenas. I have listened to beautiful young women relate the awfulness of street life and the abuses that occur. I have heard starving babies whimper. I have looked into the depths of a child’s eyes who has no parents, very little to eat and absolutely no hope. How does the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth, help those suffering profound loss? He does it one person at a time through acts of kindness from people like you and me.



Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Two months ago, my only son died. He was 27-years-old and died of complications post-surgery. His life was sometimes hard, yet he was usually an optimistic and happy soul and I loved him. The days since Micah has been gone have mostly been a blur to me, but the pictures that time and again come into clear focus are the big and tiny things done and the words expressed by people God has put in my path. Never underestimate the power of a kind act or word! God takes the small and big actions and infuses those who mourn with His comfort. I have experienced His comfort, peace and grace firsthand via the many who reached out to me.

Who has God put in front of you to minister to? Is it your elderly grandmother or another family member? Is it a particularly difficult child? A sick person? Someone who is depressed? I have a hunch that most of you reading this blog have had your hearts broken for hurting and neglected children. Might you be the one who will bring God’s all encompassing love to a small child by a simple kind act?



Whatever you do to the least of these, you do for Me. Matthew 25:4

When my son died, those who were in a position to help, did. Others sent beautiful cards penned with heartfelt sympathy. All efforts ministered peace to my soul and each action, big or small, was used to bring a measure of healing.

Just like the people who helped me and my family, you and I together can drastically impact the lives of others who are suffering by giving of ourselves in small or big ways. Every one of us has the capacity to give, either of our time or our resources, be they modest or abundant. Consider these acts of kindness:

Meet needs via our gift catalog (Gift Catalog)

Give a back-to-school package so a child can attend school (Back-to-school Package)

Go on a YWAM missions trip to Ethiopia (Missions Outreach)

Join a 5K run this month to support our ministry to domestic birthmothers (UPPC.org)

Become a prayer partner for our ministry (support@ywamethiopia.com)

Adopt a desperately poor family so they can stay together (Adoption Ministry 1:27)

Give seed money to start one woman in a small business (Business Starts)

Involve your church in outreach to a community in Ethiopia (The Radical Church)





For more information on ways to can impact lives in Ethiopia, call 253-722-6780 or email us at support@ywamethiopia.com



GOD WILL ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Some Room to Sleep

 

We didn’t realize just how small Ragatu’s house was until we responded to their need for beds. Their windowless room is so tiny they cannot even stretch out at night; they curl up on the floor three abreast to sleep. Cooking is done over a charcoal fire on the dirt floor, then their pots and the coals are placed outside the door before bedding down for the night.
 
Hearing of their bedless plight, we sent their Adoption Ministry 1:27 case manager money from our gift catalog to buy two mattresses complete with bedding for Ragatu, her daughter and teen-aged son. When the case manager visited and shared the good news that they would have beds to sleep on, they soon realized that there was no way beds would fit in their space.


Ragatu asked if the $250 could be used to expand her house instead. The bid to build the addition was $33 more than the money available, so Adoption Ministry loaned Ragatu the money (of which $20 has already been repaid!). This family now has a traditional house that meets their needs much better and they are so happy! They still need two beds and the walls need to be mudded, but they are grateful for the space. Just another example of how your donation to our gift catalog has radically changed a family’s everyday living situation!

Here are many more ways you can change a life!  YWAM Gift Catalog


Monday, July 28, 2014

Picnic Fun!


Sunday was our annual Adoption Ministry Family Picnic at Bradley Lake Park in Puyallup, WA.  Families who have adopted or are in process of adopting with Adoption Ministry – both domestically and from Ethiopia – gathered for an afternoon of great food and fellowship!

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Special thanks to Anna Jones who organized the picnic and, along with her husband and son, brought all of our decorations and the main dish – you did a fantastic job and we sure appreciate you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For Poor People


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…

kids are amazing!

And we know it’s because their parents are doing an outstanding job instilling a worldview that puts Christ first, promotes others over self and includes giving as a lifestyle

We told you about a girl who made and sold stick dolls to raise money for formula in our orphanage.  An Awana group saved their extra cash so they could provide a house for a family who didn’t have adequate shelter.  Another boy raised money for a house by selling homemade jewelry and writing and performing plays. 

This month we’d like to tell you about a handsome young man we know who set out on his own fundraising scheme. 


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Six year old Andy wanted to do something to help people in Ethiopia who don’t have all the food and toys that he does.  After donating the contents of his piggy bank, he set up a spot in his yard with a bag and a clever sign.  When that wasn’t bringing in what he thought it should, he found a couple of his knives to donate to the cause and labeled them with $6.99 price tags. 

All together he raised $23.53...

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which he gave to his very proud Grammy to send to Ethiopia!

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Thank you Andy!!

Large or small, these gifts of love given with unselfish excitement and joy are very pleasing to God’s heart.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Just Imagine


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Imagine that your husband is crippled and therefore is unable to get a job and provide for his family.  On top of that, you have a heart condition that makes it difficult to do anything strenuous.  You do the best you can, washing clothes by hand for your neighbors, but you only earn about 50¢ a day doing that and it’s nowhere near enough to take care of a family of four.  An eight year old son and a two year old daughter are depending on you to feed and clothe them but you don’t know how you will provide what they need.


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Imagine that you leave your M*sl*m faith to become a follower of Christ.  Joy and new life now flood your soul but there is a cost.  Your husband denounces your faith and leaves the family as a result.  You have two sons, 13 and 9, as well as a nephew you are raising after his parents died.  Several chronic health issues which you can’t afford to address prevent you from working as a daily laborer and you don’t know how you will take care of your family.


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Imagine that you suffer from Epilepsy and a seizure causes you to fall into a cooking fire, severely burning both hands, your arm and your chest.  Though still young and beautiful, your husband cannot bear to look at your disfigurement and divorces you, leaving you to raise your young son by yourself.  Marriage is now probably out of the question and begging is the only way you know to earn a living for yourself and your son.  This barely brings in enough to pay the rent on the room you live in and not much is left for food.




For only $50 per month, you can adopt one of these struggling families, embracing them with the love of Christ and providing some of their basic needs.   There are many other families living in similar desperation who we would like to find sponsors for – answering God’s call to care for orphans and widows.

On our Adoption Ministry 1:27 website you can read the bios of these families, many who we have labeled ‘High Priority’ because they are on the brink of despair. 

Imagine if any of these were your story.
Imagine if someone reached out to change your circumstances.
Imagine the relief and hope and joy!

*Our AM 1:27 Administrator is on vacation until July 17 - she will respond to all requests to adopt a family at that time.  Or you can contact us at support@ywamethiopia.com  Thank you!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Links You’ll Like


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Five Ways to Minister to Adoptive Families
@lifeway.com
I hope you have seen a rise in adoptive families in your church... While all families — adoptive, foster, blended or otherwise — have unseen struggles, there are some unique challenges that kids who have been adopted and their families face that many kidmin teachers and volunteers may not be aware of.  Here are a handful of helpful considerations from an adoptive dad to help you minister more effectively to these amazing children and their forever families.


Somewhere to Run
@nohandsbutours.com
Unfortunately, the spiritual warfare doesn’t end once the adoption is finalized. It lurks in the background seeking opportunities to hurt our testimony and discredit God’s faithfulness. In fact, adoptive families are one of the most under attack groups of people I’ve ever come across. In talking with adoptive parents, I hear so many of them saying the same thing to me over and over again. The same things I’ve said to myself at various points in the journey. I feel so alone. I feel like I’m failing. The people I counted on for support aren’t supporting me. My social worker didn’t tell me this part would be so hard. The stress is getting to my marriage. Our extended family doesn’t understand what we’re going through. But oftentimes we aren’t as quick to see the see the spiritual warfare on this side of our Travel Approval.


A Note on Spelling
@Afaan Amarina
I often ask people here in Ethiopia how a certain word is spelled in Amharic or Oromiffa. Their usual response to this question is to just say the word slowly rather than write it down. When I write a word down two different ways and ask which is correct, I usually get “you are right!” It’s a hard habit to break, this desire to spell things correctly, but in both languages, if it is written as it sounds, it is written correctly.



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Of Light and Shade in Ethiopia
@Yahoo News
It's Sunday and people are out with their umbrellas. Through the wide, golden landscape of northern Ethiopia, terraced from countless generations of touch by human hand, they walk to the nearest town and to the nearest church.


Hope for Lost Mamas
@flowerpatchfarmgirl.com
I never understood the depth of my emotional fragility until an adorable tyrant wormed into my heart.  I never knew how much I sought the approval of others until I felt like I had lost it.


To Mothers of Unattached Children
@overcomingmyself
We are sisters, you and I… We've been the recipients of abuse, emotional and verbal and physical.  We've had to turn the other cheek, put up a brave front, treat others the way they would want to be treated even though they refuse to do the same for us.  We have had to show love- real love, yes, but mostly fake love and somewhere-in-between love- to some of the most unlovable people imaginable, all in the name of healing. 


Four Things to Do When Bringing Home A Child From Hard Places
@Vergenetwork.org
While we were in our process I had followed a few blogs as they brought their kids home and their honesty in the first few months after their children arrived home was so good for me. On one hand I had read that it wasn’t at all easy in those first few months, but on the other hand you don’t really comprehend that until it’s you in those shoes. My biggest advice when you bring your kids home is to know that this is a journey. Two steps forward and three steps back is how I look at it. It’s a long and hard journey and if you thought that your wait for your child was grueling, you have no idea what the next few months/years have in store for you.

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