Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Reunion At Last!

It all began when this little girl, named Chen Kai Shu, lived

in this orphanage Chenzhou Social Welfare Institute in Chenzhou, China.

She shared her days with these little girls who once were much younger and who did not have a Mommy or Daddy to call their own. Together they shared their first laughs, saw each other do many other "firsts", and then, one by one, said "goodbye" as each left to live with their forever family! No one knew at the time that all 4 of them (plus a 5th little girl named Sarah Mei who could not join us for our reunion) would live within a few hours of each other on the other side of the world. Only God could orchestrate that! Thus this reunion all began because of these little girls who once were left all alone having little hope for a bright future, but God, being full of love and mercy, rescued these precious ones by placing adoption on the hearts of their parents. Normal men and women who just knew that someone out there was waiting. . . who knew that God does not call the equipped; He equips those He calls. . .who knew that faith would lead the way. They said "Yes!" when it would have been so much easier to just say "NO". Their obedience to God's call blessed them all so richly and allowed this Saturday in April to happen. A reunion of. . .

older brothers (missing 3)

moms and dads

older sisters

new siblings also adopted from China

Lilly, Anna Claire, Lainie, and Mia, the 4 little girls from Chenzhou, with all of their siblings. Just think for a moment had someone not said "Yes" when God called, these 4 children would still be in Chenzhou Social Welfare Institute - without a mom or a dad or a brother or a sister.

Finally, as a result of accepting God's call to adopt, not once but 4 times, Anna Claire's family now has moved onto the "big white van". They will soon have so many children that your "average sized" family car will not do! And I am so happy to say that our family too will soon have to purchase one of these 12 passenger vans. Why? Simply because we said "Yes!" - 3 times!

Thank you, O Father, for calling these four families to adoption, for giving us the courage to say "Yes!", and for creating beautiful friendships among strangers who love you and love the orphan just as you do, God. Thank you for adopting each of us through the blood of your son in whose name I pray. Amen

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18


Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

How heartwarming to see those pics! And what as sweet's so nice that you all could keep that connection!


Rebecca Sibley said...

What a wonderful reunion and update!! God has blessed all of you!!

Jennifer Barbee said...

So glad we said "yes" at the same time and now share such a sweet friendship!

Cousin Sheri said...

Such sweet faces! There are no orphans of God!

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