Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One Less Orphan

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.  James 1:27

Some of the best people I know have adopted children.  They understand the privilege of being adopted into God's family, and they know the call to love and care deeply for others in great need.  This family is among the best.





We adore them.  Chris and Anne and their boys are great friends and great people and are doing a great thing.  We had the privilege of serving with them at one time when Chris was the youth pastor at our church.  We've both since moved in different directions (fiddlesticks!) to serve in other places and other ways.  Now, they are in the process of living out Christ's call by filling that empty chair of theirs with a precious child in need.  As a member of His Body, I want to help them and others like them.  I would like to have at least a small part of caring for those in great need, in being part of something eternal.  Knowing your heart,  I bet you would like a chance to do something as well. 





Buy a shirt (just click on those words in pink for more information).  One hundred percent of the money goes toward the adoption expenses, which as many of you know, are enormous. 


Start the new year with purpose and compassion (and a cool shirt!  Grin).  Bring their little guy, a sweet child with special needs from China, to their home.  Be a part of something God loves.




 

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 
James 1:22 

Let there be one less orphan and a chance for one more member of the best family of all.  God's.



For more encouragement in the Word, visit Internet Cafe Devotions

 To put your faith into action, consider visiting Graves family blog 
(who had no idea I was spreading the word -- I just love surprises)
and support their adoption. 

What better way to walk with Him, than to make a habit of giving sacrificially?

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22 comments:

hip-chick said...

What a great thing to do. It looks like they will have their hands full of beautiful children.

theemissarysfeet said...

love the t-shirt, praying for a speedy adoption and that there will be no hassle especially with the papers, btw i'm currently staying here in china:)

Dorie said...

Adoption is close to my heart.
Love the t-shirts slogan and the photographs (especially the empty chair one). Thank you for sharing.

Kelli said...

This is awesome! We are in the process of adoption. Love love love the shirt. Love your blogspot too...super cute! Happy to be a new follower!

Maggie S said...

That is the best looking adoption fundraiser shirt I have ever seen.

Maggie S said...

By Far.

lori said...

adoption...what a gift...we too have a dear friend in the process of adopting a little girl from the states who has been severely neglected...the change in her over the time she has spent with them is undeniable! Indeed God's work...
praying for God to move quickly in their adoption and praying blessings on this family!

peace! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to share this with some friends as well!

lori

Alida said...

love the t shirts... I have a friend in China right now and she and her family are fostering a special needs child. I pray for the orphans there and for those who are making a difference in their lives. Thank you for shedding light on this!

Lisa notes... said...

"One less orphan" - what a great thing. Blessings to your friends!

Amy said...

This is beautiful!!
Praying for the speed of adoption and that God will continue to meet their needs!

e-Mom said...

Two beautiful families! I'd love to contribute to Chris and Anne's adoption fund, and will be counting my denarii. Thanks for the heads up!

BTW, I gather you are still blogging? Have you decided to continue?

Peggy (mazmagi) said...
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Peggy (mazmagi) said...

Blessings on you and them and ONE LESS ORPHAN!!! What a beautiful true application of this Word!!! What a wonderful surprise to promote blessing them! I had the privilege to adopt two and my husband worked as a social worker helping others adopt & doing case studies! There is no greater JOY! Since he 's retired and I'm here in Mexico, we're not as active with adoptions, but I have a special place in my heart for families that adopt! All the photos are so GREAT!
Your daughter's expressions are priceless!

The verses speak to my heart! I will pray for them and this plan but am unable to help from here.
I pray that they can fill their empty chair and meet the special needs of that special child! God bless you and both families! May
God bless each one that puts their faith into action.

Powerful words from James. We need to listen and DO! May 2011 be the year of God's favor and provision for the Graves family!

Love and peace,
Peggy

Katie Howard said...

I love this and I love that shirt! I'm so glad you shared. I posted on Facebook too!

Laurencita said...

so touching.....

Guiding Light said...

Love this! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment as well. Praying for your family! Blessings!

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

The word "adoption" stirs up many emotions in my heart. Both of our sons are adopted.

I love the shirt--"One less orphan". I have a bumper sticker tacked up on our laundry room bulletin board that reads: "Love--What a Beautiful Choice." Someone loved that child enough to give them life. And your friends will now give that child a full life and a life in the Lord.
What LOVE!

Janis

Cathy said...

They are so precious. What a wonderful couple.

Lynda Young said...

I love the shirts. Adoption is a wodnerful thing.

rachelw said...

This is great! We would love to adopt one day. I'm excited that we can help a family who is in the process of adopting now while we wait for God to tell us when we should start that same process. I'm going to let the people in our church know about this so they can have an opportunity to help as well! Blessings to you!

Amydeanne said...

Praying for the adoption!

This Beautiful Mess said...

LOVE this! And love your blog! I will be praying and I am your newest follower. God bless!

http://thisbeautifulmessofmine.blogspot.com

MamaJ

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