|Jaynie, Speedy and Cassandra on their orphanage grounds in 2001|
Author Julie Ferwerda dedicates the book to "all of the wonderful orphan ministries worldwide that are gathering once purposeless children and sharpening arrows for the Kingdom to finish the most important work in this world--fulfilling The Great Commission" (emphasis ours).
The italicized words strike at one of the key reasons why we have adopted...and adopted...and adopted. We certainly have wanted to give fatherless children a home and family. We certainly have felt delighted to act in obedience to God's command to care for the vulnerable. But, we've also wanted more. We've wanted to raise former orphans who, at the right time, would bring light to the world by spreading the great Good News that there is a rescuing, redeeming Savior who sacrificed Himself that we might have life--eternally.
Our oldest trio of Russian siblings have reached "the right time" to be "sharpened arrows for the Kingdom." Yesterday they set out on a short-term missions trip to work with inner city kids in New Orleans. We already miss them. But we are thrilled that they all wanted to go out for the sake of the Name. We can only praise Him for His grace. He has truly blessed us with a full quiver. And even better... He has worked mightily in their hearts to sharpen and point them outward for His glory.
We love you, Speedy, Jaynie and Cassandra!
(If you would like to see photos from their trip, one of the adults has set up this blog: New Orleans Missions Trip )
|Speedy, Cassandra and Jaynie departing for New Orleans at dawn yesterday|