How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.
- 1 John 3:1
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. - Ephesians 1:5
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession. - Deuteronomy 14:2
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." - John 14:18
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and holy is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress... - James 1:27
I am blessed to be friends with Jessie Gunderson, a brave woman of God, mother of 5 (for now), loving wife, author, and artist. She and her family are on the road to adoption. From what I have seen, this road is long and hard, but they are steadfastly continuing the journey. You can read about their decision to adopt here.
You may or may not know that adoption, besides being a long process, is very costly. The Gundersons are trying to raise money to help with those costs. They would also appreciate prayer and sharing of their story. Throughout the month of February you can enter two different drawings on Jessie's blog. The first is a chance to win two tickets to Disney! You'll get an entrance into the drawing for every $5 you can donate. They are also holding a drawing for a set of Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuffed dolls. To be entered for these, just share the Help Orphans & Win Disney Tickets post on Facebook, Twitter, or you blog. Make sure you read the entire blog post, as it tells you how to enter the drawings.
Another way you can help is by purchasing one or both of the devotional books Jessie has been published in. You can find these in her online store.
From Jessie: Help us adopt “A” and “D”, a brother and sister from Ethiopia. She wants
to be a judge when she grows up and he wants to be a runner. Every
child deserves a loving family. All proceeds go straight into our
adoption fund. Email me at jessie [at] jessiegunderson [dot] com for
questions or references. I am happy to provide information to confirm
our home study in process, etc.
I truly believe in this cause and hope to see them bring these two children home. If you are encouraged by this story and are interested in learning more, you can follow Jessie's blog. She will be posting a lot about their adoption journey over the next few months.
While you're over there, leave her a comment. She would love to hear from you and know that you are supporting her family in whatever way you can :) Remember, prayer is powerful, and God can do anything.
Thanks for reading!