Girl, Adopted

Last week I watched a documentary called Girl, Adopted. It was a good reminder of the heartache and sorrow connected with adoption, as well the joys and triumphs. Building a family through adoption is no easy task. An adopted child experiences many losses before joining a family and that pain is not quickly healed or forgotten.

“I didn’t want to be adopted, but I had no one to take care of me. We think America is like heaven, it is not. My world was turned upside down and I hated it….To find a family, it was something important. Someone to love me for who I am and be there for me. I didn’t find all of that until I got here. I didn’t like them at first, but I do love them now. ” – Weynsht, adopted from Ethiopia

 

Girl, Adopted

 

Watch it now here. I believe it is only available for free through the month of October.

Child Sponsorship

So, the big ol’ Carnival is just a few days away! I can’t wait!

Have I mentioned that World Vision will be at the Carnival?

We believe that child sponsorship is a great way to care for children and also a feasible way to ‘adopt’ a child into your family. We sponsor David and Emely (in Honduras) and we feel like they are a part of our family. We pray for them everyday. Miss Emely has a birthday soon and we sent a gift and will be celebrating with her from afar.

I was very excited when World Vision said they would love to be part of our Carnival. I talked with the child ambassador last week and she said that there was a bit of a mix-up and instead of receiving 50 children’s packets she received 138.

138!!

This means that there will be 138 children at our Carnival needing the love, financial support, and prayers of a family.There will be 138 pictures of children that have been removed from the system in hopes that they would find sponsors at our event. Some of these children are from Honduras and others from all over the world.

Would you consider ‘adopting’ one of these children?  All it takes is a $1/day! If so, then stop at the World Vision booth first thing on Sunday! If you can’t make it on Sunday but would love to sponsor one of these children, please email me at this address: adoption@swederican.com

Ironically and not so ironically, James was interviewed by our local radio station discussing why we chose to be child sponsors. The interview aired a few weeks ago, but you can listen to it here: Faith Radio Interview

I am so proud of him!

A new decade and a renewed mission

So, it’s like my birthday or something.

I’m starting a new decade.

I don’t like it. I still feel 17, or at least maybe 23. Is this a good thing?

I’ve struggled all year with accepting getting older. I am not necessarily any more prepared today than I was a month ago.

In my mind I determined that if I had a really fun present or a really fun party then turning a new decade wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Then God started to mess with me about being selfish and greedy and self-consumed.

Ick. And true.

There are a lot of things I want and try to justify that I need, but the reality is that I am rich and have more than enough. I am not starving, in slavery, or illiterate. In fact, its the opposite.

The more I thought about what I wanted for my birthday, the more I realized that instead of getting I should be giving.

So, on the day I turn 30, there are 30 gifts I desire.

I want 30 kids to be sponsored through World Vision.

I want 30 kids to receive food, clothing, and education all in the name of Jesus.

Poverty is the number one reason children become orphans. The best way to care for orphans is to prevent them from becoming orphans in the first place. Sponsorship is a great way to do just that.

Will you sponsor a child today?

Will you sponsor an older child that often goes overlooked?

For a $1/day you can change the life of a child forever.

Give the gift of sponsorship this Christmas.

If you sponsored a child for my birthday, I’d love to hear about it! Post a comment below with the child’s name/age/country.

If you already participate in sponsoring a child, I’d love to hear about that, too! Post a comment with the child’s name/age/country and how long you have been sponsoring them.

Sponsorship is also a great way to involve your whole family. We sponsor Emely and David in Honduras. MissE is so great at praying for these kids and coloring pictures to send.

 

30 kids sponsored would = Best. Birthday. Ever.

 

ps  If you can’t commit to sponsoring a child monthly, consider donating a one time gift to the Survive to Five ministry. I’ve already way outlived the predicted life span for many children in developing and poverty stricken countries!?!

ps Can you help me spread the word?

 

 

 

Conversations with a Five year old

Last week after we received our new wait list number, MissE asks, “If we are now #44, how many kids does that mean where adopted?”

Me: “It means five children were adopted.” (Technically, referred, but prayerfully those adoptions will be successfully completed.)

MissE, “FIVE KIDS! That is great! I am really happy for those kids.”

Later on

MissE, “Mom, are we going to have another garage sale?”

MissE: “Because, I want to sell ALL my toys.”

Me: “All your toys? Why?”

MissE: “Because I want to help our family. I want to help more kids get adopted.

 

Serving Together

We ended our small group for the year by serving together. We (along with the kids that were old enough) went to Feed My Starving Children to pack food for hungry/malnourished kids. The food we packed was being sent to Haiti. The leader talked about how mothers there feed their children Haitian biscuits made of mud, water, and a little oil/salt to help ease their hunger so they can sleep at night.

It is so difficult to grasp that type of hunger when we have such an overabundance of food.

Here is MissE with some of her small group friends, ready to serve! They did such a great job of scooping rice, measuring veggies, and filling bags.

By the end of the night our entire group had packed 40 boxes, enough food to feed 24 children for an entire year!

The world-wide orphan crisis is largely fueled by poverty and taking steps to help parents/communities feed children is one way we can actively be part of the solution. We look forward to packing meals regularly as a family. It was a great experience for MissE and she came home eager to brainstorm more ideas/way to help raise money to care for orphans and starving children around the world.

Stay tuned for one of her great ideas!!