"Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand to that person."
This is my 5th memory verse for 2011 and I saw it lived out like never before on Monday. My friends Clint and Kathleen needed to raise $1300 in two weeks in order to submit their dossier.
On Friday I asked my friends and co-workers, Seth and Abby, if they would pray for the Ellis'. Monday Seth informed me that their community group had prayed for Clint and Kathleen on Friday night and had decided that they wanted to make a donation to their adoption fund.
Monday night I got a text message from Kathleen that said, "I have HUGE news!" I replied, "Did you get a check for exactly $1300?" She texted "I'm not even kidding!"
She called me later to tell me that Seth and Abby's community group had decided to give them the entire $1300 so that they could move forward with their adoption.
Kathleen was speechless and I was humbled that my new friends had been the hands and feet of Jesus to someone they didn't even know.
I was also touched that God would allow me to be a small part of His awesome plan to provide the $1300 that Clint and Kathleen needed.
Kathleen said she couldn't come up with adequate words to express her gratitude towards the community group. She said thank you seemed like something you would say to someone who had held the door open for you; not total strangers who had donated $1300 to people they didn't know.
I told Kathleen several days ago that I knew God would provide the money; it would just be in ways that we would never expect - and boy did He!
I have the utmost respect for Seth and Abby. I've known them for about a month but they have already become dear friends to me. They are the spittin' image of Jesus and I love their hearts for the orphan.
They were with me on my birthday when I found out we were Gladney approved. They cheered with excitement while I cried tears of joy. They even sponsored puzzle pieces to help bring home our Missing Linck(s).
I can't wait to tell my kiddos about the support I had from two great co-workers as we traveled the long adoption journey.
Abby, Seth and Community Group...thank you for living out Proverbs 3:27! You'll never know how much your generosity means to me and the Ellis'.
Seth, Abby and I having an icecream meeting for work!!