(hand)made for Glory

Everyone can care for orphans in a different way. God calls us to  do this! Maybe not have a child come live in your house but how about help get them to a loving house?? I firmly believe that if the Church rises up and cares for the children ….our World would change! Anyways…. I have found this precious family that has an amazing story of how waiting can bring the best things! I would like to share their story and would ask you to pray for their journey financially and emotionally! The link here will take you to their story and fundraiser. The fundraiser is an auction of hand-made things. Even if you can’t buy something…they need your prayers! When you say yes to adoption, Satan is not happy! Cover them in your prayers!! It melts my heart to see families trying so hard and sacrificing so much to help a precious child! God is good and will provide a way for this little girl to make it home!

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Garage Sale Part 2

Early Saturday morning, after only a couple hours of sleep, I went to get change from Walmart.  This went well at 5:00 in the morning, unlike my effort the previous evening. Let’s just say that the “people of Walmart” prevented it from happening. After the obligatory QuikTrip stop, I was off to meet Rebekah and rest of the family, and some die hard friends who helped all day long at the church. People were already waiting outside to start shopping! At 6:00am the sale started and a steady stream of people coming out of the darkness began browsing through all we had. Before we could move all of the big items outside to draw traffic in, we had already started selling things left and right.

An hour into the sale the sun was up and people were still coming. Some of them we knew from church, from work as well as friends and family coming to show their support. Rarely did anyone leave empty handed and some that did made sure to put some money in our donation jar. One of our friend’s children gave us all her Christmas money. The generosity of a child, the steady, unyielding line of people, and the slow but sure disappearance of the massive amounts of donations brought us to tears. Not only were those donations part of the flood of provision that God had promised, but so were the people who came to buy and work at our sale. We know that God will return those blessings to these people as he said he would in Luke 6:38. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Home decorations vanished, toys were ransacked and clothing was picked through for hours. Electronics were snapped up, couches and chairs were loaded into trucks. Necia’s Colombian flag cake balls were nearly bought out. Exercise equipment, books, Christmas decorations, luggage, coolers all flew out the door! Still people kept coming. The sale was nearing the end and people just kept coming in the door. There was NEVER a moment when things were slow. For over nine hours God blessed us with eager shoppers. Even as we were bagging up the left-overs to donate to the local children’s home, people were still picking through the clothing. We had to pull the sign at the entrance so that we could have enough time to clean up for the Sunday services.

The sale was a HUGE success. We came into this hoping to make enough to cover the second half program fee or $3750. That’s a pretty tall order for a garage sale. But this was no ordinary garage sale. This was a supernatural move of God in our lives. He was so faithful to provide what we needed to take the next step. After all the money was counted, we made $4000! The remainder of the clothing was donated to the Baptist children’s home. Some other items that didn’t sell were taken to the local John 3:16 mission and a few things that neither charity could use were taken to Goodwill. We wanted to sew into other’s ministries the way others had sewn into our mission. No words could express the gratitude we have for all those who donated items, helped set up and organize, helped clean up and of course, for Silver Creek Church of the Nazarene who donated their building. Thank you all.

Garage Sale Part 1

Why is adoption so expensive? That is one of the top questions that people ask us. It is sometimes hard to explain to people but our agency has set up a very detailed list of expenses. This is very helpful to show people exactly what we are paying for. Maybe some of the prices seem a little high for some people but they are taking care of everything for us. We don’t have to worry about something that we missed. They are there double checking everything. That makes us more relaxed about the process! So, yes it may seem crazy expensive but there are so many things to consider.

We started this journey knowing that we did not have the total amount to pay for the adoption. We were stepping out in faith knowing that if this is God’s plan, He will provide. Already we have had things happen that have proven that He is taking care of every need! This makes the journey so much more exciting!! Doing God’s will is very scary and thrilling all at the same time!

We talked about fundraising and have read books to help us decide what would be the best for us. We read Adoption Without Debt and gained some great ideas. We knew that a garage sale would be a great idea because you aren’t out any money. But let’s get real…..it was December when we were talking about this! Well, as you know God can show up in ways that you aren’t expecting! We tossed around the idea of an indoor garage sale but if that was going to happen then we would have to borrow a building. The school we worked at would only allow us to do it if we had insurance and our church is not anywhere close to our community. However, we do have some amazing friends that have a church in our community that we happen to work with. I mentioned it one day and you guessed it….they were totally on board!!

Now with a location and a date we just needed donations. We started to advertise with friends and then Facebook also, that we were collecting donations for a garage sale in about a month. We offered to come and get any donations. We spent the next weeks every night organizing items and sorting clothes. Donations just kept coming in and blessings poured over us. (which is exciting…remember Rhees’ dream in his post ) So, this began to get very overwhelming when the rooms started to fill up and there were only pathways in our home. Even the dogs were a little stressed with the lack of running room. We just kept reminding ourselves that this was a HUGE blessing and it was temporary. Although if anyone that didn’t know us walked in, they would be sure to call the Hoarder’s Burried Alive show! We had over 35 families donate items for the sale….this was a God’s sized blessing!

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At one point we were no longer able to park in the garage. Let me remind you…it’s winter 😦

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We sorted these into sizes. This is only little girls clothes!! Amazing..huh!!

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This room ended up taking 3 trucks and an SUV to empty it!

Thankfully, the church was willing to let us in on Thursday to start setting up. We knew that we needed the extra time. We had a few dedicated friends and family that braved the set up!!! I truly wish I could express to them how thankful I am for their hard work! One night we only got 2 hours of sleep. But by the end of the night on Friday, we had it set up and ready to go. We only had one little bump. When we were leaving work on Friday we were headed to the bank to get change. Sadly , we got distracted by the garage sale signs that were missing (aka : stolen ) and we forgot to get change. This was a big deal…..try having a huge garage sale with out change. IMPOSSIBLE! Thankfully, we got change at a local store. We have no idea who took the signs, but I can guarantee that it was Satan trying to get us upset. But he couldn’t touch us…God took care of all of the details.

Now it was time to begin the sale!!