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West TExThiopians

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a woman’s event at Washington Avenue Christian Church.  The speakers were two women who are also adopting from Ethiopia from our adoption agency.  Both families are in the waiting stage of their adoption.  And guess what, one family lives here in Amarillo, the other lives in Dalhart, TX (only an hour away.)  

The family that lives in Dalhart just returned from a mission trip to Ethiopia, and they are planning to adopt a set of siblings.  They had amazing pictures and stories to share.  I was entralled.  Another family from Dalhart also went on the mission trip and met a teenage girl that they are now working to adopt.  

I loved every second of the whole evening.  I couldn’t get enough of their testimonies.  It was so affirming to me to see God working in these families from my area, families that I had never met.  Our God was speaking to each of us with the same mission, the same calling.  God called each of our families because of His’s love for orphans living 8,000 miles away from where we sat.  We prayed for those little ones.  We made them goodie bags.  It was a FABULOUS night.  

I was so moved by their love for Ethiopia and the African children that they will soon call son or daughter.  It is amazing to think that in the last 9 months, God, separately called these 4 families (and two other families in Lubbock) to adopt from Ethiopia.  I was so thankful for these women whose hearts have been molded.  Their hearts, like mine, had been forever changed by the faith adventure of international adoption.  I am so thankful.  

I am so excited that some day, when we finally have the little boy home, we will not be alone in our journey.  God is raising up a community for these children right here in Amarillo, Texas.  And more importantly, he has five little ones in Ethiopia that he has made special plans for, plans to set them in forever families.  The tragedy and loss that those little ones are going through, will still be going through, is not God's best for them, but He is working.  God is working, and we are working because He is working.

"God sets the lonely in families..."  Psalms 68:6a

"Jesus said to them, 'My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.'  Jesus gave them this answer: 'I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.'" John 5:17,19-20