It's been a long time since I did a Memorial Box Monday post. This week I want to kind of do an update and thank all of you for your prayers for our trip to China. I opened up on a different Memorial Box Monday post about some very real fears I had acquired (since our home burning down) for flying. (Just so everyone understands, I had once loved flying, but due to a horrific nightmare flight I was pretty unnerved. THEN the fire happened, and that sealed the deal. I did not want to fly for anything.)
So when it came time to head to China, the fear was very, very real....infact I was petrified. A counselor/friend asked if maybe Dw should go instead. NO WAY!! I did not want to be slave to the fear. Instead I asked my sweet bloggy friends to pray for me and Emma. Many of you committed to praying for us and now in my Memorial Box will be a small airplane reminding me of God healing me of my fear of flying: Special Thanks to: Dan & Lavonne, Robbie, Jenn, Carolin, Stefanie, Cori, Mary McG, Melissa, reamsdm, Holly, Chris, Carol, Scrappy Quilter, Cheremi, Shanti, Ladyblog, Angie, Alycia, Chris & Sarah, Annie, Laine, Miss Ashley, Melody, bytheriver, KristiO, Jerry&Christy, Kathie aka Goodness & Mercy Mom, ThomasVille, Sarah the Kool Kid, ~love, Kathy, Sheila, AnnMarie, sierrasmom, CM, Janet & Kevin, Jessa, Sally my VT, Nancy in CT, Nancy, Tony & Rett, Barb, living4Him5, The Avilla's, inked33, Adeye, Renee, Dawn, Sheri aka Tessaraemum, valerie in TX, Teach, momto3, Coleman's A to Z, Kimberly, Sandee, dreamingofthecountry, Mary, Susan, tinacd, fromallofuswithlove, Holly, Jean, joeks, Tina aka Waiting Faithfully, Pam, JR, stephanie, Prenderbergs, NanaNors, Robin aka PatientlyWaiting, RaRa, Oh Dear, Peggy from Chicago, Paula, tons of Facebook friends, countless relatives, church friends and a whole bunch of others. I thank you all.
The flights were great...a bit turbulent from time to time, but each time I would picture myself under God's almighty wings....and HE was guiding the plane, not the pilots.......one got kind of extra turbulent and I thought I might throw up....and I just prayed....Lord, remind my friends to pray for the flights right now and it eventually settled down. So SIX flights later...... I can confidently say that if I had to fly tomorrow I would do well. God is faithful. Prayers were answered!! Yippee Jesus!!
NOW you bloggy friends will always be a part of our Memorial Box....
What you did was bear my burden. Really. A burden bearer is scriptural.
It's talked about here:
"Share each other’s burdens,
and in this way obey the law of Christ."
Galatians 6:2 NLT
Now I have a question.
Who doesn't want to follow Christ? To be like Him?
Praying for one another and bearing each other's burdens is exactly what God intended. Not even just once in a while. But ALL THE TIME, as in, daily!!
As I've said before.....this whole bloggy thing is a God-thing. It can be used for such higher purposes!! And so I have another burden....and I need some help bearing it.
Weeks ago I wrote about our dear friends J and C. J went with Dw to Africa this past summer. He fell in love with a little girl and started the process to bring her home. When J came home (to Canada) C said, "J I still feel God has a little boy for us." J contacted the orphanage and they said that there was a little boy with special needs that they would let them also have. A true miracle!!
So before heading to Africa J and C did all their paperwork. They dotted every "i" and crossed every "t". They were told by their Canadian Government that adoption is a top priority and they would expedite the VISAs.
J and C left as soon as they had the clearance from Uganda and Canada. They both were in Africa together for a week until their joint court date. After a week though, C flew home to care for their three other little children.
J stayed in Africa with their two new children. Only thing is that Canada has now changed their tune. They had said that it would take 2 weeks has now turned into 22 months. In the meantime James and C are bearing this burden. J has been in Africa now for 11 weeks. C is home in Canada with the 3 kids.
You who have adopted understand how once you meet your child, it's impossible to turn your back and go home and wait. The thing is that nothing is going to change either way, except we get on our knees.
"All those gathered here will know
that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves;
for the battle is the LORD's,
and he will give all of you into our hands."
I Samuel 17:46-48
Now many could say, but Linny there are others who are in a crisis. Or others would say, "But I don't live in Canada." Or others might say, "there are others who need prayer." Or still others would say, "I'm not adopting and won't ever be, so this doesn't affect me."
BUT I am pleading with you with a prophetic voice for this reason: I believe that this is a pivotal point in international adoption. The Lord has impressed on me that He has been merciful to the body of Christ in allowing a door of opportunity to care for the orphan. But the door is now becoming a window and if we do not get on our knees and plead for Canada (and the rest of the world) to keep the opportunities for international adoption open, then we will see a sudden change in the winds of adoption. I do not type those words lightly. It is that serious.
So what can we do? The only thing we can do is get on our knees and pray. Fast. Beg the Lord to have mercy and move on the hearts of the Canadian officials. Move mightily. Move swiftly. Move for the orphans. Move because He is God and He loves the orphan. Move because He loves them even more than we do. He knows the number of hairs on the heads of all 147 million. He loves them with an everlasting love. He loves them enough to send His only son to die for them.
For this reason I am asking for you to join me this Wednesday January 6, 2009 for a day of prayer (and fasting). If you are able to fast - please join me in that as well.
Maybe some have never adopted and never plan to. It's okay. You can still do something for the orphan. (James 1:27) You can pray with us. If possible you can fast.
Fast for God to move on behalf of J and C!
I believe, with all my heart, that this is a Memorial Box Monday story in the making....and once again, you can be a part of it.
And on that note, could you please leave a comment that you will be joining in prayer and/or fasting? It would be such an encouragement to J and C!