One of the greatest hurdles in adoption is the expense of the process. We understood this hurdle before we entered the process and we also understood the hard work it would take to raise the money necessary. When my wife and I discussed adoption we knew that this was a calling on our lives. The only thing keeping us from adopting a child is the fear of not being able to raise the appropriate funds for the process. We recognized this as an issue of faith. After recognizing this faith issue we were convicted about how our family leads our church through issues of faith yet we were unwilling to step out into that faith. Personally, I began to ask how I could preach about the faithfulness of God and not be willing to live in that faithfulness myself. We knew God’s call on our lives but we were fearful of seeing our savings account dwindle and to know that we had to raise money for the rest of the expenses. We knew what we had in savings and we knew that it would get us through about half of the process. We cut every expense within our home and have been able to cover the expenses to this point. We are to the place where we are going to have to begin raising money for the rest. This is hard for us because we take pride in not asking for anything especially money. But we realize that this pride is just as much a sin as being lazy and asking for everything.
My faith has never been troubled with whether we can love an orphan; my faith has been stretched as God has led us to get others involved in raising money for the process. I take pride in not asking for anything and that pride is what I have had to repent of.
We recognize that people desire to help and that God uses others to move his kingdom forward. We have created a project built around James 1:27. This project will offer help to widows and hope to orphans. The details about the project are on the next two pages and I ask that you read through them. We feel like The James 1:27 Project will be a great way for families to be a part of serving widows and raising money to bring an orphan home. We hope that you and your family or church will pray about your involvement in The James 1:27 Project. Please share this packet with anyone and everyone as we are looking for those who will commit to the project. We know that God will provide but we also know that he calls us to work, plan, and prepare. We want to be right in the middle of where the natural and the supernatural collide for the glory of God.
Please read the material from the links below and let us know if you desire to be on The James 1:27 Project Team. The family gathering and envelope stuffing party will be Thursday evening Oct. 6 at 6:00pm. We need to know if you are interested by no later than Monday Oct. 3. You can let us know by either calling us or at 601-344-8777 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also information on the website at www.anadoptionjourney.com. If you cannot be involved you can help by spreading the word to others. Thanks in advance for your prayers and participation.
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