Haiti has not been notified that it is fall. Could someone please let her know? It is HOT.
To answer a few questions about the pending adoption of unborn baby - yes, we will take the baby right away, yes that will involve risk- but that means the baby never has to live in an orphanage- and yes- adopting while living here and caring for the baby means it will be considerably cheaper - like 60% less. Woot.
We are so pumped. We just found out that our good friends, Erik and Nikki, are Haiti-bound to pick up their baby girl. They come in next Thursday. The adoption is complete. Woot woot. We cannot wait to see them!
The blogosphere is an odd place. I like it, I just think it is nutty. We dig meeting cool new people and it is always encouraging to find a blog that makes you think and challenges the way you view things.
Tonight we were reading a couple of blogs written by young, visionary Pastors. One of the posts we read struck a chord with us. He was talking about a few things ... but this paragraph below is what jumped out at us:
There are divided agendas/visions because we won't submit to or honor Biblical leadership. There's division because we compete instead of cooperate for the sake of the Kingdom. There's division because we don't look after each other and just busy ourselves in our own little kingdoms, (contrary to Philippians 2:4, "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.") Not to mention how this type of 'living' ignores Jesus' prayer for His people. (John 17)
So this got us thinking. About a lot of things. We were somewhat surprised to learn that the 'competing thing' applies not just to churches and ministries in America, but to ministries abroad as well.
There is a place for competition, like on a football field.
Everybody (ok, not everybody -- but the majority) is focused on making sure the next dollar is going to come in to keep the ministry floating... so this competition thing gets going. It is almost as if we have forgotten that we are all (at least in theory) trying to do the same thing. It is also as if we don't really believe that God will provide for us.
Like, if I tell you about a neat ministry doing neat things, next month I won't eat? Come on. That is so stupid. We also get a little tired of the big show that goes on when there is competition ... how many kids do you feed? Ooooh, really? How many orphans are you housing? It is ridiculous. God is feeding the hungry and He is housing the orphans and we are just the best thing He could come up with to get His work done. Can you imagine competing over this junk? Wouldn't the goal be to reach the lost and hurting and focus on sharing the love of the Savior with them? If the ministry down the road is feeding 200 more kids then Lifeline, we say GO GO GO, more power to you and Thank the Lord for His provision for your ministry. Oh, and how can we help you?
God is going to provide, because He said if we seek Him we will find Him.
In no particular order, here are just a few of many good ministries (in our humble opinion) doing work in Haiti. They need your prayers. Maybe one of them will match up with your interests or talents.
Lets compete on the field, in a game or race. For the rest of it, lets work together to advance the Kingdom. There is enough work for everyone.
God's Littlest Angels
Clean Water for Haiti
Isaiah 58:7 Ministries
To the least of These
Troy & Tara (Lifeline)