Thursday, July 16, 2009
Story of my Life by Oatsvall Team | Edit Post
this is sweet Elle, who spent approx. 6 wks in Africa serving the children ... love her
Joseph proud of his family picture and his future wife Josie Mayernick crying !!!
Thank you Lord that Joseph knows we are coming... These pictures speak volumes to my heart and we hope to his as well ... I pray he feels a peace that consumes his heart !!! We can't wait to show him what family is ... We can't wait to help him fall deeper in Love w/ you ... I can't wait to see him in his bed, playing in the backyard with is brothers and sisters, watch him cheer Jeremiah on at his games, play dinasours with Elijah, bug his sisters, sit in Scott's lap as they watch cartoons, hug my leg when he needs to be picked up and so much more ... My dreams are endless when it comes to my children ... I am thankful for ADOPTION ... It is the most beautiful word ... whisper it, scream it, cry it, and rejoice at the thought of it ... My prayer is that my entire family will be adopted into Christ's family ... IT MEANS CHOSEN !!!
The reality is that Elle brought home many more pictures from Africa and all that she experienced and as happy as all of Joseph's pictures were there were 5 times as many pictures of children standing on the road in tattered clothes with no home, children hungry, children sitting in orphanages waiting for A FAMILY, children sick with no hope here on earth, and all this breaks my heart and keeps me awake at night ... I know that most of you that come to my blog are doing your part to care for the orphans, but we all seriously have to SPEAK LOUDER ON THEIR BEHALF !!!! We have to make them real to those who pretend they are not there or are not their problem ... We have to consider how they must feel with no one to belong to ... Their eyes are saying HERE I AM PICK ME !!!! We must help people find the fields, we must help them take that first step, we must encourage them in CHOOSING to be a part of what is dear to the Lord ... We can make a difference and we CAN BE OBEDIENT ... We had dinner with a really sweet couple wanting to know more about adoption (this is also a ministry God has called us to ... We have two more families scheduled to meet w/ this month and each time I see the light come on in their eyes and heart and it blesses us) ...Roger said it so well and simple, "I don't feel called to adopt really, but I love being a dad, I have room in my house and in my heart, so I am going to be obedient to scripture and we are going to adopt." ... I mean does it get any simpler than that ...I don't think you need some big loud thunder moment, hear angels from the heavens, or have some fireworks display to know it says CARE FOR THE ORPHANS AND WIDOWS OR SPEAK UP FOR THOSE WHO CAN NOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES !!!
I will leave you with this ... I am proud to stand by you all and link arms as we CHANGE the lives of the orphans!
There is a lot going on here at the Oatsvall house ... working on BOOK, working on new website to help families fundraise for their adoptions, working on new t-shirts, working on Amazima (Katie is home and that makes my heart smile), and doing fun summer stuff with the family !!! I hope your summer is going well and you can feel all the blessings surrounding you each day!
love you ...