You’re not going to live to see the impossible without having to experience a few miracles. And that’s where I am–in the land of the impossible made possible and miracle following miracle.
The day has come that I can share some big news–no, it’s bigger than big. It’s gigantic, ginormous, and astronomically massive all rolled into one.
We have officially been matched with a child from Japan and we could go get him in the matter of a month! Our family is just beside ourselves with excitement. We found out this past Monday and now several emails back and forth, we’re ready to get this done.
This dream was planted in me when I was a senior in high school. I was in Japan on a missions trip and learned about the sad lives of so many orphans there. The culture was stacked against them and adoption by Japanese people was and mostly still is, considered taboo. I won’t get into all the reasons here, but my heart broke. When a couple that had a little boy who had been an orphan (he was right around two when I was there) became my best, inseparable bud for that week, the Father planted a deep seed in me.
Even before we got married, I informed Andrea one day that we would some day adopt from Japan–if she would have said “no” it would have been a deal breaker for me. Fast forward about 13 years of marriage with this impossible dream dying and resurrecting so many times I can’t even count, and now we’re on the cusp of an amazing breakthrough miracle.
A picture of our little guy
This is the fun part. Because Japan is one of the most expensive countries to adopt from, we need to raise about $18,000 almost immediately (for fees and travel expenses). In as little as a month, we could be ready to fly over and bring him home which doesn’t leave us a lot of time to raise funds. We have applied for grants, but nothing is certain yet but they won’t equal all that we need anyway. Our strategy is to engage heaven and trust that He will touch people with His heart not only for us, but for this orphan who has been waiting for a family.
Second, go and buy the ebook I finished called, What’s the Best that Could Happen?I took some things previously written as well as writing some completely new stuff. I’m so pleased with how it turned out and I know it’ll be a blessing to you. There are stories, devotions, and reflections all geared toward encouraging you to let your life make the impact God is after. It’s been a lot of work and a labor of love so I hope you’ll check it out. Every dollar goes to our adoption. If a hundred of you would buy it, we’d almost have one plane ticket. If a thousand buy it, we’ll be close to wrapping this up.
If you don’t want to read the ebook, no problem. There is a donation button in the sidebar where you can give any amount you like. Don’t underestimate the power of what you give–big or small, it will make a difference and we are incredibly grateful.
Lastly, if you have a blog or a Facebook page or any other way of communicating what we’re doing that you could spread the word, we would be so appreciative. If you have a blog and want to review my ebook, and we can talk about it.
This is such a huge undertaking and to all the family and friends who are supporting us in prayer and giving, we thank you so much. Our coming son thanks you too… in Japanese–Arigato.
If I didn’t know the God of the impossible, I would be fairly overwhelmed right now. He is the Father of the Fatherless and sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:5-6). He is more than able to meet all these needs. If you are moved to be part of this, we are humbled and honored that you would partner with us.
If you can’t give (and even if you can and do), we need your prayer. God’s set an amazing opportunity in front of us, and we need the faith and strength to run on through it.
I believe in the value of others in this journey of life and faith, and I want to connect with other people, connect others in real ways, and connect everyone I come across to Him. I have a beautiful wife, Andrea, and four wonderful children (and we are also a foster family). I was formerly lead pastor of Breakthrough Church in Juneau, AK, but now live in Oklahoma working with Family of Faith College in developing a worship pastor degree program. I also run a website development company called Spark2Flame where I help others reach their full potential online.