There has been massive upheaval in our personal lives the last three months forcing us to press pause on the trip to Albania, and move back the dates that we were planning on traveling. We are just now being able to move forward.
Since we last posted we have received passports for all the kids. The remaining costs will primarily be plane tickets.
We received a tremendous amount of support as we first launched, and continue to do so. Family members in other parts of the country have taken up our cause to help raise funds for our travel. Some have even bought our luggage. This is encouraging beyond words, in that while we have been unable to do anything here temporarily, God has been providing through others!
Our next big event will be at our town's harvest festival this month. We will be selling baked goods along with some of the other items we've listed online. Out of all the fundraisers we did during the adoption, this was our favorite (we're still recouping from the yard sales!).
Please be praying for our family as we wait to see God's provision in every aspect of this adventure!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Four years ago we adopted our youngest son from Bulgaria. When our journey was finished we realized that one of our strengths during that time was that my wife and I never saw the adoption as "our thing", but rather a family journey. Our children prayed, labored, and contended for faith right alongside us. Ever since then, we've chosen to see everything we do as a "family thing".
Waggoner News and World Report)that was in the process of adopting their second child from Albania.
Unfortunately the adoption agency we were with closed its Albania program. Our hearts were broken, but we were led to Bulgaria where we met our youngest son. Throughout the process we continued to stay in contact with the Waggoner family and have continued to carry a burden for the people of Albania ever since.
Since that time the Waggoners have moved to Albania as full time missionaries, and we have continued to dream of doing a short term mission trip to Albania as a family. Family was God's idea. He has chosen to reveal Himself to us as Father. It is only fitting that He would be made known in and through family.
Early this year, the Waggoners invited us as a family to come for a two week period this fall to serve along side them in the village of Vlashaj, Albania. We've spent the year debating whether it was the right time or not, but it seems that God has lined things up for us. Its a shorter prep time than what we would have chosen, but God does His best work in impossible circumstances.
While our exact itinerary has yet to be determined, our children will not just be tagging along. They're part of the team and there will be plenty of work for them to do. The Waggoners tell us that the ministry yard in Vlashaj is visited by Albanian children every morning, many of whom speak English. Our children will have the opportunity to interact with them daily.
We've wrapped up our last blog as we feel we've transitioned into a new stage of life with our son. This blog will go on indefinitely and primarily be a source of family updates and such, but for the time being, we will kick it off with updates and prayer requests concerning our Albanian adventure.
We'd love for you to join us here for the journey. We will desperately need your prayers. In the coming days we'll be providing links to fund raiser sites. If you would consider supporting us on this adventure it would mean so much to us!