Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Psalm 82:3

What if there are children who will suffer somehow because I failed to obey God?
What if my cowardice costs even one child somewhere in the world his or her life?
(excerpt from The Hole in Our Gospel)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

T-Shirt / Awareness Fundraiser $

(the Just Love Coffee link to the left is also up and running...we earn $5 per bag if you purchase from our "store". Just click the link. It's fair trade, very yummy and proceeds go to support orphans)

Adoption isn't about me. It isn't about my family. It's about the millions of orphans around the world without a family to call their own - yet. Yes, our family will make a few $ for each t-shirt we sell for our adoption, but our hearts are really for ALL children who have yet to find their forever families. If we wear our shirts, and you wear yours, others out there might just be encouraged or inspired to do something to help one of them too.

Adult Navy/White Baseball T $35
(+$5 for priority mail if we're sending it to you)
Adult Sizes S,M,L,XL

Adult Navy T $20
(+$5 for priority mail if we're sending it to you)
Adult Sizes S,M,L,XL,XXL,XXXL

Youth Grey T $20
(+$5 for priority mail if we're sending it to you)

Youth Sizes: XS (2-4), S(4-6)
M(6-8), L(10-12), XL(14-16)

Adult Green/White Baseball T $35
(+$5 for priority mail)
Adult Sizes S,M,L,XL

Green T Reads: 147 Million Orphans
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

dline for Pre-Orders: September 25

Click the PayPal link

Purchase on-line by sending a payment through PayPal to When sending money, be sure click the Personal tab (not the purchase tab), then select Gift (so tax is not charged). In the Personal Message field, enter what shirt(s) you want, shirt size(s), quantity and your address if we're mailing them to you.

Send us a CHECK in the mail with your order information and your phone number.

If you know you'll eventually be buying one, we hope you will consider doing it NOW. The courts in Ethiopia open in October and before Kyle can go for court for our son-to-be, we have another $4k due. So far we're into this adoption twice that much without asking any one for donations. And, since we're going about this adoption backwards (finding a child & then pursuing him instead of waiting for the whole referral and acceptance process) we are truly on the fast track - which means we need to come up with our money in a much shorter time frame. We know that God will work out the financial details of this...all we have to do is step out in faith - again.

We hope you join our family in spreading the word about orphan care &/or adoption by ordering your 147 Million apparel. There are orphans in every country (even ours). Each one has a name and a story to tell. And Jesus loves every single one of them. I thinking we all could too :o)

It's hard not to think about the victims of 9/11 as the 10 year anniversary is approaching. A 2008 article in The Sunday Times reported this statistic: "Nearly 3,000 children under the age of 18 lost a parent during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The average age of the “9/11 kids” when the twin towers fell was 9, but some were babies or in their mothers' wombs."

3,000 is a big number and I remember crying for them. 147 million is a big number - but for most of these children, nobody hears them cry.

Sweet faces I met in May...

PS) As I was putting this post together, I received an e-mail with this quote from Craig Groeschel:

"To reach people no one else is reaching, we must do the things no one else is doing."

(Thanks Pastor Cory)

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