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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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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

He Still Answers Prayer: Update on Jordon!

We visited with Jordon today.

I asked if he had checked his email, and he said his son had a lot of homework, so he had not checked it yet.

I told him how I had shared his situation, and many people from around the world were praying for him. I told him some of the stories you have shared with me about how he has helped you, how his calligraphy hangs in your homes. If you've met him, you can envision his look of surprise, and then his smile. He reached for my hand.


He hugged my neck.

And said, "People were praying around the world? Let me tell you what happened. I asked the owner of the building if I could sit on the sidewalk and continue to do calligraphy for the American families. I guess he thought I was crazy. He asked me if I would like to rent the 5th floor, and he would put in an elevator." I had chills! We praise the LORD together on the sidewalk.

Jordon continued, "So, I start asking the American families...if I go up to the 5th floor, would you still visit me if there was an elevator? All of the Americans I asked, said yes, so I am going to rent the 5th floor where there was a restaurant before."

I told him he should be sure to check his email, becuase so many of you have shared that you emailed him. With excitement he said, "So, when I go home tonight, I will see these emails?"

As we talked, Jordon said he didn't know how long he would be allowed to stay where he is, and how long he might have to close before he can open up on the 5th floor. But, he said, "Tell everyone I will be here on the sidewalk doing calligraphy for the adoptive families. I love them. I will be right here."

Of course, we had to buy a few more things. The girls chose parasols, and Jordan painted their names on them. He walked outside with them to help them pose for a photograph.

When we were ready to leave the island, we went back to see Jordon to ask where he would suggest was the best place to catch a taxi back to The Garden. First, he pointed towards Lucy's. He gave detailed explanations as is his nature. Then he asked, "Are you ready to leave now?"

When I told him we were, he said, "You get your babies in the stroller and I will get the taxi for you."

And, when I thanked him, can't you hear him saying, as ran down the sidewalk, "My pleasure!"

Oh what a blessing to have been a small part of his life, to have been there in person to hear how God has answered the prayers of many!

To Him be the glory!


Sabrina said...

How awesome, sister!

I haven't been commenting, but rest assured I have been following and praying! We love you all!

Anonymous said...

I have tears in my eyes! We LOVE Jordon and are so happy that things may work out for him! I haven't emailed him yet, but definitely plan to. It is so sad that the island is not what it used to be, but hopefully many adoptive families to come will continue to shop and spend time on the island.

We are enjoying following your journey and are praying for attachment and adjustment for all of you!

Colleen Hall

Tim said...


Kathy said...

so glad things are working out for Jordan. We too had him write rieley's name for us but in the travels it was lost. Really wish we still had it, won't be back in China for another 4-5 yrs.
Love following your blog, safe travels home for all of you,

Kevin and Michele said...

PRAISE!!!! So happy to hear He is working all things out for our dear friend! Thank you for keeping us in the loop!

Tara Anderson said...

This brings tears of joy to my eyes! Thank you for the update!!! I'll definitely be paying Jordon a visit on my trip. Day 22 of the LOA wait here! :)

Amy said...

I have tears and I don't even know him! I am so glad that God answered prayers!!!


Kim K. said...

I have chills and happy tears for Jordan. What a beautiful alternative. Thank you for sharing this amazing update, Robbie.

TanyaLea said...

That a wonderful update... this totally brought tears to my eyes! We have a special place in our hearts for Jordan, and like others, were blessed to have him do our daughter's name in Chinese calligraphy. We were praying right along with the rest of these wonderful prayer warriors that God would supply his needs and open new doors for his family. When we return one day, we will surely be looking him up... Even if we need to take the stairs!!

Blessings to you for reaching out to all of us on behalf of the beloved Jordan... it was an honor to be part of praying him through!

God is GOOD and oh-SO-FAITHFUL!!!! <><

Enjoy the remainder of your time there and God bless! <><


mom2three said...

tears! THank you for sharing. Jordon has been on our hearts since your last post.

Jolene said...

YAY! Go God Go!

I cannot wait to meet Jordan! So very very very excited for him!

Diane said...

And what an incredible blessing to read about God's miraculous hand in this man's life on your blog! Thank you! I will email this precious man!

Aus said...

One word - HOORAH - God provides!

hugs - aus and co.

Lee and Sarah VanGrunsven said...

YAY!!!! that is WONDERFUL NEWS! I do hope he is up and running when we go in July(Hopefully) I would love to visit this man, I've heard so many great things!

Grandma Pat said...

I met Jordan when I went with my daughter, Kandi Trickett, to adopt her newest daughter, Anna. He was so happy to share his testimony. The last day, I told him I'd be praying for his business. I've been praying every week since then. This was in Oct. PRAISE THE LORD for undertaking for this Christian brother in China!!!!!

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