“PIE-purr. PIE-purr. PIE-purr.”
Several times a day, I would overhear Piper practicing his new name. This was often accompanied by jumping, clapping, laughter, or a delightful combination of all three. I think it is safe to say that out of all the kids we were privileged to name, Piper was the most excited about his new name.
My heart broke a little when I first met Peter. His hands were twisted and he had to use a lot of energy to be able to move his arms more than a couple of inches. Later, I saw that there was something wrong with his feet, but not as severe as his hands. Another name I have always loved is “Peter”. I always related to the big-mouth stubborn version of Peter, but I also admired him as I read through Acts and saw how bold he was for the Gospel during the time of the early church. This little boy chose Peter and I smiled as we marked him down as another student in the “Beginner class” where I was the assistant teacher.
Our trip was full of new experiences for pretty much everyone on the team. The Chinese are anxious to learn English because it will help them as they grow up and pursue education and eventually a career. It is common for people there to have their Chinese name and their English name. However, a lot of the children that were coming from the government orphanage had never received an English name. We were asked to give them a name. I didn’t consider what a great privilege this was at the time. All throughout the Bible, God names and renames His people for His purposes. I want to share with you about 3 boys that Cassie and I had the privilege of naming. read more
Before August, we had received 10 applications for our Adoption Grant Program. We aren’t sure what happened, but in August we started receiving multiple applications a week. By the end of the year, we received a total of 71 applications! We were able to give out 40 grants last year, and several applications from last year are still being reviewed. Already in the first week of January, we have received 3 more applications. read more
We recently had a staff meeting where we discussed what God has done this year and looked forward to what we are hoping for next year. He did some amazing things. We sent out our first mission team, received exponentially more grant applications, and learned a lot of valuable lessons. That being said, I am sad to admit that since that meeting I have spent far more time worrying than praising God.
This coming Sunday is officially “Orphan Sunday.” Last fall, I heard a little bit about this event, but I really had no idea what it was or even why it existed. I knew that there was an orphan crisis, but I had little knowledge beyond the general existence of orphans. Since I began working with Families Outreach, I have been overwhelmed by the facts and affected by the reality of orphans. read more