A Long Journey Home

“We wait in hope for the LORD;

HE is our help and our shield.

In HIM our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord,

even as we put our hope in you.”

Psalm 33:20-22

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me;

he delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 34:4

       We have come so far from where we once were. A year ago we had gotten Phoebe’s picture and were hoping to be through court by Christmas. Today, a year later, we are still hoping for the same thing. To get through court by Christmas.

       It’s odd to say we have come so far when in reality we are at the same place in the process that we were a year ago. But over that year there were many times when we thought it was all over. We thought we had lost her to the red tape either in her country or in ours. So even though we are at the same place in our process that we were a year ago- we have come so far!

        God has made a way where there wasn’t a way. He provided a fellow believer that lives in IL who also happens to be Congolese and travels regularly to the DRC that has a compassionate heart willing to help. God changed the hearts of several people that have stood in our path to Phoebe. He provided an organization to bring food to the orphanage montly. God has provided all the funding we have needed up to this point. He has provided a church family, friends and extended family who love, support and pray for us. God has done these things! He provided a missions trip at just the right time to sway some hearts and for Phoebe to have the gift of a full day of being loved on by our sweet friend. He has done this!

        We know that even now the Lord is moving hearts and making things happen in the DRC that we are unaware of at this point. We pray for eyes to see his hand in every step and we praise him in everything. In all ways, he has been faithful.

       We recently found out that the cost of the next step in our adoption has gone up over a thousand dollars. Fundrasing has taken a back seat for the past 6 months while we have been waiting out some major issues in our case. I was starting to believe that people are tired of our journey. Many are tired of waiting, tired of asking how its going and tired of hearing our stories. Burnt out and Done.

       I was talking to my dear friend on the phone this morning telling her about what the Lord has done in my heart through his people. Chadwick and I decided last Friday to throw together a super quick fundraiser to fund the rest of this next payment that has increased and to help pay for orphanage fees for the next “x” amount of months. Many of my neighbor friends and I were talking recently about Christmas coming up and how we all like to go through our kids toys and donate the old toys that aren’t played with anymore. We like to simplify a bit before more toys and gifts are brought into our home during the holidays. This conversation sparked the idea for our fundraiser. We are calling it Christmas is Coming Sale! The plan is to get donations of toys, electronics, Christmas décor etc. for us to turn around and sell at a Christmas shop. I feel like it’s a win-win! Those that like to can clean out their homes before Christmas and those who like to buy gently used items for Christmas can come shop at the sale!

     But then I started to get worried. Haven’t we burnt out our friends and family on fundraising? Aren’t they tired of us asking for help? Lies. Lies. Lies. I was believing lies.

           After getting all the approvals we needed, we made a flyer and began spreading the word the next morning at church, through emails, instagram etc.

Very quickly the Lord gathered people to support, encourage and help us through this next fundraising venture! It was as though he had already been preparing others to help!

            One sweet family from our small group had at least 20 tubs full of items that they had told us for several weeks that we could have for our next fundraiser garage sale. A few weeks ago we were thinking, that is so great- we can keep those things for a few months and have a fundraiser sale in the spring. But the Lord knew we wouldn’t need them next spring, we needed them NOW! Once went to pick up all the items they were donating we couldn’t thank them enough or tell them how amazed we were at God’s timing.
        Another friend from church had wanted to do a garage sale this previous summer for us as a fundraiser. Our summers both went different ways and we were never able to make that happen. She came up to me Sunday and told me how excited she was that we were having a sale because she has a garage full of things for us that she has been saving since last summer. She volunteered her stuff and her time to help!
         Another friend called this morning who lives two hours away and said “I’m bringing hot drinks! Lattes you can sell!” My amazing sister in law just called (while I was in the midst of writing this) and said she wants to help… “How can we help?!” They live 6 hours away and so the last thing I was going to tell her was to come here to help (even though I really want her here!) so I told her that baking cookies and sending them would be helpful, praying for our weekend and spreading the word. “But,” she said, “I have a TON of stuff that I really want to give you.” So she is going to try to work it out and come sometime to help me prepare for the fundraiser. Several others have already emailed telling me they have items for us and many more are volunteering their time to help prepare and during the sale.

We are feeling the confidence and assurance of the Lord through others… through YOU! When you step out in faith and share the burden with us we realize that we are NOT ALONE in this journey! God has and is providing through HIS people.

Another very dear friend of mine encouraged me this past weekend telling me that she feels like the Lord wants us to pray that Phoebe is an Anderson by Christmas. For Phoebe to become an Anderson by Christmas we need to get through the court process, which normally takes anywhere from 1-3 months, in the next 6 weeks.

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The Lord wants us to Believe… to Hope.. to Trust… to KNOW that he can do ALL things.

We believe. We hope. We trust. We know.

We are praying this same prayer. We would be honored if you would pray with us. Please pray that the papers that need signed by the mayor would be done quickly, that the Lord would begin working on the heart of the judge that will hear our case in court and that there won’t be any bumps along the way and ultimately that we would have a 4th daughter by Christmas! She may not be in our home by Christmas, but she will be a legal part of our family.

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We feel so blessed that those with us on this long journey have not given up, have not grown tired of our stories, have not stopped praying or stopped asking. Thank you to all of you who have refused to stop believing and have kept walking with us.

The Journey may be Long… But the Lord is Good and we HAVE and WILL see his goodness in the land of the living.

If you are local and would like more information about our Christmas shop Fundraiser the flyer below. If you would like a pdf so that you can print flyers to pass out or to post on your FB page, please leave a comment with your e-mail address and I will send it to you. Thanks so much!

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