Family and Friends,
I read something in Portuguese recently that stopped me in my tracks, and I began to think about it in very personal terms! Maybe it has been around even in English, but I saw it for the very first time. It was a series of statements that begin with: It would be easier to…
- …have a less hectic routine. (I thought of trying to keep up with the challenges of having one foot in the US and the other in Brazil.)
- ...have set hours to work and others to relax.
- …to take time off and not feel guilty or be unable to disengage from the demands the first few days, only to realize the time off was half over.
- …to not have to raise financial support for family & ministry, which sometimes feels like a second full-time job.
- …to not have to write newsletters when other work is piled up around you. (I made that one up on my own! 😎)
- …to just think about me and have as a reference for my life someone who had not emptied themselves of their glory and died on a cross for my sins.
- …etc. etc. There are too many to continue here…another day.
Hello Friends and Family,
It has been a crazy last month, and we would love to share what God is doing and how to pray for us right now.
As you may remember, we started the foster care process/paperwork over a year ago and finished last spring. We also knew that when we returned from our trip to Oregon we could be called with a placement at any time. God, in His timing, knew that we were not ready for the first two months of school. Then, the day before the first day of fall break Heather received “the call.” A baby was in the hospital, his mom was in a coma, and he needed a family. When Heather asked me, my response was, “Ready or not, here we go.” Because how can you truly be “ready” for a monumental task of being a foster parent. Heather visited Leon that day, and for the next six days, she was going back and forth between the hospital and home until the doctors gave him the all-clear and he could come home to us. We knew his mom used crystal meth, which is what induced the coma, but, at the time, we did not know that she also drank hard liquor, smoked, and took meth regularly throughout her pregnancy. So poor little Leon is dealing with drug, alcohol and nicotine withdrawal. This means that he is either sleeping, eating, screaming, or being held most of the time. Sometimes screaming and being held at the same time. It has been taxing on the whole family, but we keep reminding ourselves that God was the one who led us to this task, that often He doesn’t call us to do the easy things, and He will give us the strength that we need. We have also been amazed by the love and support we have received from friends both near and far away. Food, physical help, and other gifts to help us in this process. We are only doing short term care, so the youth services are currently looking for a long term home for Leon after they figure out who the father is. So our role is to fill the gap and love him for the season God has him with us.