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This is what we are all about right? You know we help the children of Zimbabwe and the woman of Knoxville, TN. But, we also help others in our local area. So we want to introduce you to the Head Family. They are in the adoption process, which is very expensive. So, if you purchase a Zazzy Band and use the Donation Code RRHB, we are helping the Head Family achieve their special gift of life.
Here's a blog from their website: Heads Up China (written by Rebecca Head)
Blue baby shoes. Chinese blue baby shoes. Bought with hope and anticipation. Bought more than 2 years ago, with a desire to fill these shoes, not just with any feet, but with the feet of our little one. Now, with dreams shifted, and plans changed, these shoes will be filled, by little Chinese feet.
Let’s back up a bit, as I recount for you the events that have brought us to this place of adoption. In the first year of our marriage, Robby and I discovered that adoption had always been a part of our hearts, and something we, as Christ-followers, wanted to do. In our first year of marriage, we planned what we thought our lives might look like… when would we “start having kids,” when we would adopt, where we would live… the list goes on and on. You get the picture. We were “planning” as if we had control of our lives. Even in our planning, we desired to do the will of the Lord, and we daily sought the Lord in prayer for wisdom and guidance. Little did we know, God was going to continue to teach us that His plans are, and will always be, greater than ours. They are for our good, and for His ultimate glory… Even when they involved some heart ache and disappointment.
Let’s fast forward to the purchase of these beautiful blue shoes. In May 2014, we were walking down a little side street in Beijing, China, and I spotted these shoes. These beautiful blue Chinese baby shoes. These shoes represented the desire to start “the next chapter,” to be a mom, to have a family. After buying these shoes, my heart was filled with excitement and anticipation of putting those shoes, one day, on my little baby boy or girl.
As month after month passed, dreams slowly started disappearing and fear started overtaking. Fear of infertility… Fear of always having a negative pregnancy test… Fear of the unknown future ahead… In those moments of fear, the Lord took me to the Psalms, and gave me a verse that I have continued to cling to.
Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, their faces are never covered with shame.” And the Lord has done just that. He has and continues to deliver me from my fears. This is a daily surrender, even hourly at times. It is not a one time deal. But Jesus promises to carry my burdens (Matthew 11), and all the while I am able to “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
But this is not the end of the story! Praise be to the Lord, who put adoption on our hearts years before our infertility struggle. For us, adoption has always been Plan A. Of course, we thought and had planned for adoption to occur at a later stage in our family, once we had gotten this parenting thing down with a kid or two. But God, in His Grace and Sovereignty, has a different plan. A better one. He has used our infertility to show us that now is the time to start the process of adoption. He has used this struggle to bring about obedience, and sorrow to shift our direction. But praise Jesus, that His love and care for us is never far off, but oh so personal. ” Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” Isaiah 53:4. Yes, Jesus is carrying it all for me, and He is carrying me in the process. He paid the debt of my sin, so that I might have freedom from the sin that so easily entangles. Jesus paid it all. And He promises freedom and fullness of life to all who repent and place their faith and hope in Him. He is my rock and my fortress, in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 18:2) He is going before us, and He promises to prepare the way and walk with us each step of the way.
So now, in obedience to the Lord’s calling, we are taking the first steps towards adoption. We are excited, overwhelmed, anxious, joyful… the list of emotions goes on. In the days to come, we will cling to Jesus for wisdom, strength, patience, endurance, and joy. His love for us is unchanging, and His care for us unfathomable. We trust in His plan for the growth of our family. We will continue to “Set our mind on things above, not on earthly things,” Colossians 3:2, and we will strive “to continue to live in Him (Christ Jesus as Lord), rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as we were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7.
So, join us in prayer, and get excited with us, as we start our journey to bring home our baby to fill those beautiful blue baby shoes!
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Peniel Centre children and staff members are forever grateful to you for all the support that you are rendering to the home. The support really goes a long way in bringing healing and shaping the future of children who at one time lived in the streets of Bulawayo without hope and future. We thank God that we are raising up great women and men out of these children.
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