Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our Wonder-Working God

We have had a most amazing day! We visited Kruger National Park, where we saw elephants, zebras, and I have so many stories, one story including an elephant and Brother Brad's Land Rover, but....you have to wait on those stories, because I have more amazing stories.

Yesterday was the most amazing, see-the-LORD working right in front of your eyes day that I have ever experienced. The emotions can only compare to the day my Daddy was saved, and the day each of my children became part of our families.

The day started, like any normal day. I got up, had breakfast, and prepared for work. Oh, yeah, but work was in South Africa. And, we were going to paint at the home of Aunty Lydia, where over 20 orphans live.

When we arrived, the most precious little boy was on the porch, being dressed by Auntie Lydia. I reached to touch him and he reached for me to pick him up. He was so loving, so adorable. Josie-Tatum, Brenda Sutton, and I spent the day taking turns playing with Adi and painting.

I said to Brenda, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if Adi could be the second child Josie-Tatum and I sponsor for school?" Later in the day, Hazel Palmer drove up to get us, and I asked her about sponsoring Adi for school in the next school year. She began to talk to Aunty Lydia, and, before I knew what was happening, preparations were being made for Adi to go to school, AND to live on the base!!!!!!

Then, Hazel went to talk with one of the new girls who had only been at Aunty Lydia's for a few weeks. She is a refugee from Zimbabwe. As I sat on the bed, I heard Hazel ask Margaret, "Would you like to come work with us at the school and live there while finishing your education." As the details were being completed, I could hardly believe I was in the room. Margaret got into the car with us and Hazel said, "Margaert, your life is about to change."

Back at the school, as we've talked with Hazel and Brad, we've learned that they've been wondering if they should start boarding some orphans here on base. Our groups desire to help orphans, and the funds we have already raised have sent affirmation. Plans are now made for the orphans that we are sponsoring to live here Mon-Friday.

The plans get bigger, though. The children coming here will live in small campers, with oneof the school workers. We are now all praying about the opening of a new building here at the Shayandima School, Shandukani's House. Shandukani is one of the orphans we are sponsoring, and her name means Things Will Change.

Our team is fired up, excited, motivated, and ready to get all of you involved in building Shandukani's House. (Somebody ask my daddy if he wants to come spend a month in South Africa helping with the building project.)

This is Solomon. He is brother to Faith and Shandukani.
They are being sponsored by First Baptist Church.

This is Shandukani. With the money Josie-Tatum and I raised, she was the first orphan identified for us to sponsor.

To my family,
I will try to call on Friday. Our afternoon is busy, so I don't know what time. If it is around supper time here, it will be around 1:00 your time. I don't know if the calling card will work, but we'll give it a try.


whitmattox said...

that's ellie for 'I love you mommy'...or at least i think it is
your girls send you kisses! ready to talk to you tomorrow!

Cari Bacon said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog and especially following your mission trip. What a great experience for the both of you and the people on the receiving end of your obedience to God!! Keep it up!!

~ Cari

Kim K. said...

What an amazing day. I'm so glad to see pictures too. Those children are just precious. Hugs and blessings to you and JT!!

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