Friday, February 29, 2008
Here's the list:(you will probably have to copy and past each link, or check to the right side of our blog for the link!)
The Wegners they are in ET NOW!!!
The McIlraths they are in ET!
There are other families as well, but they either do not have a blog, or their blog is private! Enjoy!!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Zack and I chose to attend an 8 hour (the time was broken up throughout the weekend) workshop on how to build or rebuild a dynamic youth ministry. This workshop really provided some key info and insight into youth ministry, and we are already busy trying to implement some of the framework that we learned about into our ministry. This workshop was all about building a sustainable ministry, which is what we want to do!
I also was able to attend a couple of sessions on the challenges of being a minister's spouse, and a session on thriving as a couple in youth ministry. I was very encouraged to know that I was not the only one who struggled some days! And overall, Zack and I were very encouraged to know that most youth ministers deal with the same types of issues, day in and day out- it is a very challenging job, but so worth it and so vital to youth! Needless to say, we are very, very thankful we had the opportunity to attend this conference!
Every night they had amazing key note speakers, such as Tony Dungy, Doug Fields, and the main guy for Dare to Share....he was awesome...but I can't think of his name right off! Also, they had some really great concerts! Sarah Groves was there....she sang, "I Saw What I Saw" which she wrote after her trip to Uganda ( I posted it a while back). It was amazing. And she signed a CD for Caleb...precious!
They also made sure to have just some fun stuff, as you will see if you keep scrolling (you have to watch this video...it is just a little taste of a youth minister's life!)
I found myself not thinking much about the adoption process, which was a relief in a way. I know that if I am not careful, I can get almost obsessed with the waiting and wondering....which can take my focus away from my own relationship with Christ, my marriage, and my ministry.
We did have some adoption news this week- the precious Steiger family and the Cole family passed through court successfully! Also, five or six families will be traveling to Ethiopia this weekend to pick up their children...I will keep you posted!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
We have been at the National Youth Workers Convention in Cincinnati since Friday afternoon! Our schedules have been jam packed with awesome workshops and meetings....I can't wait to share all the details with you! God has so refreshed our hearts and has challenged us as well! Just wanted to check in! More to come soon :)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
22 is itself the aliquot sum of two numbers 20,38. (equaling 58, which is our original dossier number...cool :)
There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet
Psalm 22 (22nd in the Book of Psalm in the King James Bible), described by the New American Standard Bible as the "A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise", is the Psalm to which the crucified and dying Jesus makes reference, citing its first verse in Aramaic (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)
Wasn't that sweet :)
Anyway, I thought it would be nice to use the blog for other purposes as well- to tell you about our ministry with the youth, and other church stuff, and just daily life! So, the blog posts might have a little different feel for a while, but I promise to include adoption info as well!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
You are # 22 for an infant boy.
Africa Program Director
I was a little surprised by this number ( I thought it would be a little lower) but that is okay! At least now we know, and we can count down the numbers until we are #1, and celebrate with the families ahead of us as they receive their referrals!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Also four of the five families made it through court successfully on Friday....we were sorry to hear that the Steiger family did not have a successful court date (paperwork issue). They expect to hear some news early next week. Please keep them in your prayers during this difficult time.
With every referral we are very encouraged and grateful! God is good!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
We have grown so much through these past 6 months, and we know that God only desires to grow us even more! We are so thankful for his mercy and grace to us...we couldn't have done it without Him!
Hopefully in the next six months Caleb will be home with us...what a blessing that would be! But, if it is longer, we know that God will carry us until the time comes when we meet our son. And what a day that will be!