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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Wow, I had no idea it has been so long since I last wrote. Life is crazy this time of year. We still have no word concerning your adoption. Our best hope is to hear by Christmas. Mom and I are praying for you. That you are safe, well, and feed. If we find out soon we will send a Christmas gift to  you. Until then we continue to wait and pray. We are thankful for this experience, even though it is like pulling teeth at times. It will be worth it when we get to hold you for the first time. I suppose Nov. 24, 2011 is just another day in the Philippines. Here it is a day to pause and be thankful for all that we have. We are thankful first and foremost to our God, second to our family, and third to our friends. I pray you are blessed too. We will remember you when we sit to eat our Thanksgiving meal. We love you from far away....for now.

Love, Daddy

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

You all remember the jingle, "sometimes  you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't"? Not only is this for may favorite candies, but it is also true of life. One day we move in God's peace and knowing that life is as it should be. All is going well, everyone is happy and healthy. Then there are the "nutty" days. Sometime you feel like you have no control, you wonder about asking yourself, "why am I looking in the fridge for my cell phone"? Tough thing is, on occasion, you might find your cell phone in the fridge.

On days such as these it is comforting to remember who is in control of our lives. We may feel out of control, but God never looses it. I preached this past Sunday from the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). Here are a few observations I made, a paraphrase if you will.

1. God is Supreme
2. Please provide for my needs.
3. Forgive my sins and help me forgive others.
4. All Glory is Yours!

This in a nut shell, no pun intended, is what Jesus is teaching us.
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. But when you do, remember who is always in control and who has the power to change your circumstance.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


As many of you know, Jenna and I have requested to adopt a specific child from the Philippines. If we are approved it will significantly reduce the wait time. While we are praying to that end, it also puts added pressure on us to raise money. If we receive a referral (approval to adopt a specific child) we will have 15 days to come up with and pay $6,100.

If you have been considering donating to our adoption, please do so now. We are trying to raise as much of that now...just in case.

You can send a donation to; Mission 1:27, PO Box 99086, Louisville, KY 40269.

One of our friends is also hosting a fundraiser for us. You can see details about Scentsy products by following this link: https://stephanielush.scentsy.us/Home. Look to the left side and click on the Lewis fundraiser. 100% of the profit from this is going to our adoption.

Thanks for helping us bring our child home.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lessons From Veggie Tales

Well we are waiting again. The holding pattern is becoming the pattern of our lives. We pray for miracles during this time. First and foremost, we ask that you pray for quick approval from the Filipino government...they are noted to be very, very slow (I typed that slowly for emphasis).

Since our God is bigger than the boogie man, Godzilla, or the monsters on TV (thanks Veggie Tales) then He is also big enough to watch out for you and me (sorry, I could not resist). My prayer is that we will be able to go to the Philippines before Christmas...that's right Christmas 2011. That would be a miracle of God just to get everything completed and approved. But how cool would it be to have our new daughter home to spend my favorite time of year with us. We could have no greater gift.

"We have what you need at the Stuff Mart. All you need is lots more stuff." Sing it with me :)
In all honesty we don't need a lot more stuff, but we do need to finish raising money. Our final and largest check is due when we get the ok from the Philippines. That could be today or two months from now. We just don't know. Since we don't, we have to have the money in the bank ready to go. If you have been led to give and have been waiting until the adoption was closer, this is your time. Send checks to: Mission 1:27, PO Box 99086, Louisville, KY 40269. Donations are tax deductible. We need to raise about $6,000.

As I close out today's blog, I feel led to type/sing one more thing. It expresses how we feel about our God, His provision, and our friends.

"I thank God for this day,
For the sun in the sky,
For my mom and my dad,
For my piece of apple pie!

For our home on the ground,
For His love that's all around,
That's why I say thanks every day!

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I'm glad for what I have,
Thats an easy way to start!

For the love that He shares,
'Cause He listens to my prayers,
That's why I say thanks every day!"

Thanks to all those who have helped or will help bring our child home!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Journey Continues

Last week Jenna and I received a file on a little special needs girl. She turned 6 yesterday. She is beautiful but has some possible health issues that we had to navigate through. We spoke with three doctors. Each gave us their opinion. I am happy to say with each question to the Philippines came a response that put her health into a better light. So with two days to spare before the deadline we have decided to move ahead with her adoption. Our paperwork still needs to be approved as does the specific child. We are believing for God's will to be done in this phase of the process. If it is not His will then we pray the government blocks it in some way. If it is His will we could be welcoming a beautiful 6 year old to our home in a few short months.

Oh how much to do. We need to raise an additional $2,100 for the adoption plus $4,000+ for travel expenses. We have to rearrange Natlalie's room to make way for bunk beds, buy clothes, medicines, luggage, etc...etc...etc.

At the beginning of the process it all looked rather daunting. Now we can begin to see light at the end of the tunnel. We are being careful not to get too attached to her (if that is possible) just in case it does not work out. But at the same time. Some of the things have to be done just in case we get the call to go to the Philippines.

We have not done a lot of formal fundraising, but God has provided for every expense. I am sure he will continue to do so. If you are reading this and would like to help us bring our child home, please make a comment here and I will tell you how you can help.

Thanks to all who have continued to pray for us during this journey. We need it now more than ever.
The Journey Continues!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wisdom in Silence

This week mom and I are reviewing a file for a possible child. What a tough decision. Is this the child we have been waiting for? Are there issues that we can or cannot handle? What about feeling guilty if you have to say no? These are the emotions of the adoption journey. You have to be honest with yourself. You can't make a decision that will have eternal consequences based on guilt or excitement. You need to hear from God....but what if He is silent? What then? Is God's silence a yes or a no? What does it mean?

This morning as I continue to contemplate and pray, seek counsel from doctors and other adoptive families, God shows up. Not in a "yes this is what you should do" or "this is not the child I have for you", but in a word...Wisdom. As I think through this I find myself asking a question. "What is the purpose of wisdom?" If God is always saying yes or no to every question we ask, why do I need wisdom?

Perhaps our wisdom is to help us when God is silent. Maybe this is His way of helping us through when there is no clear answer. We sit down and think it through. We use the wisdom that God has given us. Our wisdom allows God to speak to us in a different way. Not the trumpet blast, "yes do this", but in our ability to navigate and make wise choices.

So this morning, though I do not have an absolute answer, I am confident in the wisdom that my God has given mom and I. In the end this wisdom will lead us to the right choice, to the right child.

God thank you for your wonderful wisdom. James 1:5 says, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to  you." NLT

In this and so many situations God speaks in different and unusual ways. Perhaps there is wisdom in silence.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Water from My Rock

Son or daughter,

Today I am giving you a devotional thought.

Most Christan's know the story of how the children of Israel complained to God...again. They begged for water. God told Moses to speak to the rock. Instead he lost his temper and beat the rock with a stick. Now Moses was punished for disobedience. He was not punished for losing his temper. (Ex 17)

In life it is easy to lose it sometimes. It's okay. God can handle my anger. He can handle it when I lose my temper. He can handle my frustration. None of these things surprise Him or catch Him off guard. He knows the weakness of my sinful nature. He knows the trials that I go through from day to day. He knows because He has been there. The key is not sinning in our frustration. Remember what Paul says in Ephesians 4:26 "Don't sin by letting anger control you." It is not a matter of getting angry. The problem comes when anger moves us to get even.

Now if human nature is such that we easily fly of the handle, what do we do? The answer is found in Christ. Go to the Rock for water. He is our solid footing. He is our foundation. He is our spring of life. When we daily come to Him, He changes our human nature into His nature. He makes us more like Himself each day that we come sit at His feet. I don't want a drink form the Rock, I want to submerge myself in His grace and mercy. I want to see His face and feel His breath. I want to know that my Rock is always there and He is working to change me from the inside out.

When you go through trials, as you will in the transitions of adoption, I hope we can teach you early on that it is ok to get angry as long as you do not act on the anger. It's a process. It's a lesson for life, a lesson that takes time to learn.

We love you with all our hearts.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Don't Lose Focus

Do you ever feel frustrated with life? Even as Christians our lives are not always as smooth as silk. We experience seasons of frustration, wondering, and dismay. The Biblical principal is related to the children of Israel wondering around in a barren desert. Knowing where you are going, knowing that God is in control, but not knowing how in the world you are going to get there.

This has been my life for the past three years. Yes ladies and gentlemen, count them with me, 1, 2, 3. Three long years of searching and waiting. I wish I could tell you today that this blog is all about the answers finally coming. That would be so up lifting, but it's not about that. I wish I could tell you that I have everything figured out, but that will never happen. I wish I could tell you that God sent an angel to me to reveal His perfect will and direction to me, but He has not.

No, rather this is a blog to encourage you! "Yeah right", you say. "How is this going to encourage me?" I don't want to wait 3 years. Last night I was reminding God (as if he needs me to tell Him anything) that I have been waiting for three very long...I'm talking loooonnnnngggg years and still have no answer. I reminded Him that during that time  I have been obedient (insert halo here) to do what He has been clear on. I have started Mission 1:27, I have finished my Masters degree, and my wife and I have begun the process of adoption. On all these points I have felt, "maybe this is what I have been waiting for". In the end it may be. But still I am left with the feeling that there is oh so much more and so much bigger things I am supposed to do for God.

As I was reading the Psalms, as I do each night before bed, I felt the Lord impress upon me to read Esther 4. Now my being such a wise and noted Biblical scholar (insert sarcasm here) I knew That Esther 4 contained the popular words spoken by Mordecai, "But if not". Still I felt I should read it. So I did and this is what jumped out at me.

Esther 4:11 "All the king's officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless he holds out his gold scepter." NLT

Huh...ah...That's right ladies and gentlemen, read it again for the full effect of the what in the world does this have to do with me thought.

So I prayed, "God how in the world does this apply to me." Suddenly God answered. In the words of Gru, "light bu-lb". You see this is what we do in life, we lose focus. Esther went boldly into the throne room to make her request before the king. It could have spelled her death. Yet, she found favor with him and in the end he granted her request. Are you ready for it....wait for it...Yes! I get it. I can go boldly before the KING of the UNIVERSE without fear of death, but knowing that I always have favor with Him. I make my request known to Him.

It is so obvious, but we don't do it. We busily sulk and complain, we try to make things happen in ourselves or through other people (see Abraham for an illustration). All we need to do is not lose focus. So to day be encouraged. You may not get the answer you want when you want it, I still have not realized mine fully. Focus on the KING and maybe just maybe He will hold out His scepter and grant your request. After all He is the only one who truly has the power to change your circumstances.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Jenna and I are going to sell t-shirts to help with the cost of our adoption.

T-shirts will be pre-ordered at a cost of $17 per shirt. I know this is a higher price than normal, it is more expensive to print shirts in small runs.
I can get them in Youth sizes –3XL (2XL and above are $20).
Email me back with sizes and quantity if you want... to order.
Shirts must be paid for in advance. Write checks to Mission 1:27. (PO Box 99086, Louisville, KY 40269) Add $2.00 per shirt for shipping.
Thanks for helping to bring our child home!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thank You God

It is so awesome when we see God's hand move to confirm the call He has placed on our lives. My wife and I had a moment like this last night. When I got home from the office a letter was waiting in the mail box. Upon opening it, we found that the Show Hope organization had awarded us a $4,000 grant for our adoption. We have somewhere around $10,000 left to raise. With one envelope that amount was cut down to $6,000.  Our God is an awesome provider. I have no doubt that the other $6,000 will come in as we need it.
Just a quick note today to remind you, my readers, that God is faithful.
It is also to let you, our child know, God is continuing to our story a master piece.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

You Will Have the Best

Dear son or daughter,

Proverbs 31 describes a Godly wife and mom. I want to assure you that you will have the best. I may not know you or when you will join us, but I do know that you will be joining a loving Christ centered family. Because Christ is at the center of our lives, we know that we are in step with His will. I want to assure you that I will love you with all my heart, as i do your sister and brother. Your mom will also love you. She will nurture you and provide for your needs. She will do your laundry, until you are old enough to do it  yourself :). She will be with you when your sick and love you when you are being a royal pain...as all kids are sometimes.

Though I'm sure I don't tell her often enough, I love her with all my heart and am thankful that she is a Godly woman both in public and in private. You will have the best.

Looking forward to the day we receive the call or email. Praying for you everyday.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dossier Complete

The next great step in your adoption is finished. Friday afternoon we received the last form for our dossier. It was forwarded to the agency that night. After a quick review by them it will be headed to the Philippines by the end of the week. What a relief it is to have that part completed. No more mountains of paperwork.

Even with this finished, challenges remain. The real waiting begins. During this time we need to raise around $10,000. Country fees are due at referral and then travel expenses. It seems like a huge mountain that we are not equipped to climb; however, we know that God has already climbed that mountain for us. As has been during this entire process, the money will be there when we need it.

Your homecoming is closer now than ever. Many minor details are left to be figured out. And they will be in time. We pray that God will send you to us soon. We'd really rather not wait another 2-3 years.

All of our family and friends are praying with us for a time miracle.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Urgency of Love

2 Corinthians 5:14 says "For Christ's love compels us". The word compel means, to force or drive, especially to a course of action. There is an urgency in Christ's love. It is and urgency to seek forgiveness through the sacrifice of Christ. It is also an urgency to share that same love that we have experienced through our faith In Him. We share that love by telling others about what He has done in our lives or by touching someones need. We also share that love through adoption.

Second only to giving your life for a friend, adoption is the greatest act of love; to take a child that is abandoned, hurting, and fatherless to a life of wholeness peace and forgiveness. That is a great and daunting calling. Yet, God does not call us to do anything without equipping us for the task.
There is an urgency of love. Fell the urgency and act upon it. Consider adoption today. For more information about adoption or for helping those who are, go to www.mission127.com.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What if I Miss God?

Tucked somewhat obscurely in the book of Jonah is a short verse that simply says, "The sailors were awestruck by the Lord's great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him." 1:16 Have you ever thought about that verse. What does it mean within the greater story?

If Jonah had not disobeyed God and ran. The storm would not have come. If the storm had not come Jonah would not have been thrown into the sea. If Jonah had not been thrown into the sea the storm would not have stopped. If the storm had not stopped the sailors would not have acknowledged the one true God as God in their lives.

Now it was not God's intention for Jonah to sin through disobedience, but it does show that God can bring good from any situation. If Jonah had not sinned against God, God still would bring those sailors to Him; however, in His wisdom and sovereign will He chose to move in the way that He did. See our God is big enough to use our disobedience and negative experiences for His glory. Even when I miss God, remember He is big enough to set me back on track and bring Himself glory at the same time.
God did not allow Jonah to drawn in the sea, but prepared a way to put him back on the right track. In the process some unknown sailors turned their life over to God.

When you miss God, ask for forgiveness, let God place you back on track. Then see how God uses your mistake for His glory.

Adoption can be a very scary process, filled with many opportunities to make wrong decisions. Have peace in knowing that God will keep us on track in spite of ourselves.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Follow Me or We Must Do More

 My title for today's blog  is “Follow Me” or “We Must Do More”. (Kind of reminds me of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show.) I believe we are at a turning point in Christianity. Christ is coming soon. As the last day draws nearer, we must do more. To do that we must follow Christ.

John 21:15-23
15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?[a]
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others[b] will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
20 Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”
22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” 23 So the rumor spread among the community of believers[c] that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

There are  three things that Christ calls Peter to. These are things He also calls us to.
First, Jesus calls for the care of his flock. This passage opens up with Christ asking Peter if he loves Him. Three times he asks, three times Peter responds, yes Lord I love you. Three times Christ tell Peter to care for His flock.

1 Peter 5:2-4
2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.

Second, Jesus calls for complete surrender. Starting with verse 18 Jesus begins to explain what will happen to Peter in the future.  At the end Jesus says, “follow me”. In a way this is Christ saying, yes bad things are coming for you but don’t worry about it. Surrender to my will for your life.” Don’t focus on what is coming, focus on Christ.

1 John 3:16
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Third, Jesus calls for focus on the task. At the end of this section of scripture we see Peter getting annoyed with Christ. He looks over his shoulder and says, “but what about him?” Jesus responds by saying “don’t worry about Him, you follow me”.

2 Peter 1:12-15
12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live.[a] 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,[b] 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

Isn’t this what Christ did? Jesus cared for His sheep. Jesus surrendered to the will of the father. Jesus stayed focused on the task. Like Peter, Christ calls each of us to Love His flock, to surrender to His will, and to focus on the task that is laid before us. Surly this is the heartbeat of adoption. See one of the things Jesus was doing was preparing Peter for his call to the Gentiles.(Acts 10) In the end it was all about loving God’s people. A part of loving people is loving orphans.

James 1:27
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Find a way to care for orphans...or help those that are!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Orphan Sunday

The Christan Alliance for Orphans has set Nov. 6, 2011 as orphan Sunday. Please consider getting your church involved. This year we are encouraging world wide involvement. If you or your church are planning to hold an event or if you need more information, please send me a message here. We would love to include your event on the national site list.


"Defend the cause of the fatherless." Is 1:17

One Day. One Voice. One Purpose.

Mission 1:27 Director
Orphan Sunday Supporter

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hope for Every Orphan

Mom and I attended the Christian Alliance for Orphans seminar last week. What an awesome time to be with others of like passion. It was truly a stirring event. How my heart groans to reach orphans. This is why we chose Mission 1:27 (www.mission127.com) as the name of our ministry. We want to exemplify Christ's love for the orphan. We want to meet your needs and show you the love of Christ.

Right now I have more than 10 projects waiting to be funded. Nine out of the ten can be met for $150. Yet even if I were able to meet all of these needs today. It would still not be enough. My heart would still break for you and the millions of others around the world. Your plight is desperate. We set in our homes with all of the trappings of this life. You sit in a home with barely enough to eat and little if any to your name. I sit at my desk day after day thinking, I must do more. I know God is in all that He has led mom and I to do over the last year, but sometimes, like your adoption, the process is very slow.

I know that God is able and that funding will come both for Mission 1:27 and your adoption. I love you with all my heart.

The last words of Malachi have come true for you. God has turned the heart of your father toward you! (Malachi 4:6) Holding you tomorrow could not be soon enough. I pray that God will grant us His divine blessing and provision as we continue to walk the path He has laid before us.

Lord you hear our hearts cry. Let us touch the lives of these orphans!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Light at the End of Paperwork

Wow, I did not realize that I have not posted for so long. Life is busy. A week ago monday we received our completed Home Study. With that in hand we were able to send in our I-800A, the form that goes to the US seeking permission to bring a child into the country. We also were able to apply for a grant. Our US fees are now due. God has been so faithful to provide for every financial need so far. We are believing for Him to do it again. We need an additional $800 for this and other fees that are coming due. 

The dosieer paperwork is also completed. The only thing we are waiting for is the I-800A approval to come in. Then we will be finished and the real wait begins. I'm praying for a miracle in this. Mom and I want so much to bring you home soon. We continue to pray for the right child at the right time. It has been a long and sometimes frustrating process, but mom and I know it will all be worth it when you are held in our arms for the first time.

Though we may still have a wait, at least we can see the light at the end of the paperwork.

I Love You,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's an Issue of Faith

Adoption is a New Testament principle. While I will not say that all are called to adopt, I will say that all are called to support those who do. Adoption is at the heart of God's plan for His people. I am proud to say that I have been adopted. No, I was not adopted by earthly parents, I was adopted by the Creator of the Universe. He, out of His great love and mercy, chose to graft me into the family tree.

Some day soon you too will be adopted. You will be adopted by a father who loves you and will care for your needs. You will also be introduced, if you do not already know Him, to our Savior Jesus Christ. In this way you will have the opportunity to be adopted twice.

Many ask why mom and I feel like we are to adopt. For us, it is a matter of faith. Our faith in who Christ is leads us to obey Him in His call to father the fatehrless. We are young enough and passionate enough to obey His call. Whether you who read this are able to adopt or not, consider how you can support hose who do. Can you give to help finance an adoption? Can you love and support a family through prayer? Can you offer to sit with kids or provide meals once a new child is introduced into a family? Whatever you do, let it be beacuse of your faith in Christ.

Mom and I hope to see you soon!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I'm Desperate For You

This morning the words of that chorus are going over in my head. "I'm desperate for you. I'm lost with out you." Have you ever thought about those words. Where would we be if it were not for God? What would my life look like? As God births vision and passion in your heart, clarity only comes as we become more and more desperate for Him. Sometimes we focus to much on needing to do this or wanting to do that. We have a vision and we try to make it work. Rather, what we should be doing is stepping back and saying, "God this is your vision for me. Make me desperate for you and as I become more lost without You, I know you will reveal your direction and vision to me.

God everyday may I seek you first, last, and everything in between. You know my deepest desires and you see my greatest frustrations. Now I ask for You to turn my vision into provision and my passion into desperation for You.

Yesterday we got word that our Homestudy has been completed. How awesome! Now we are released to begin all the mountains of paperwork for the dosier. We remain confident in God's call and His timing. We are continuing to pray for Him to lead us to the right waiting child as we continue through the process. A waiting child for us could mean traveling within a year or so, rather than 3 years.

What a blessing it would be to travel around Christmas or the first of the year to bring you home. Our hearts long to be with you and to hold you in our arms. We know that you will come with challenges and hurts, but we also know a Savior that heals. May God direct us to you soon!

Jeremiah 29:11


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

He Is My Everything

This morning as I was praying about youth tonight, humility kept coming to mind. This is a foundational trait for believers, but it is also contrary to our nature. We enjoy success and privileges that come our way; however, these are not to puff us up. We are to be humble, acknowledging that every good and perfect gift comes from God. I may be intelligent; if I am it is from God. I may be talented; if I am it is from God. I may be blessed; if I am it is from God.

Paul reminds us that we are to boast about nothing but the cross of Jesus. All that I have need of is from Him. All that I posses is from Him. All that I achieve is from Him.  The old chorus simply says, "He is my everything, He is my all, He is my everything both great and small, He gave His live for me, made everything new, He is my everything, none other will do."

Somewhere on one of the 7,000 islands of the Philippines is a child that will soon be ours. It is not because my wife and I are so great that we adopt. No, it is because of the grace of Christ extended to us that we adopt. It is because we choose to turn our ears to hear His voice. It is because He gave His life for me on a cross 2,000 years ago.

So new kid, whereever you are, without reservation, I say, He is my EVERYTHING.


Thursday, March 24, 2011


In our busy lives today there are often issues that we see from a distance. They may make a momentary mark on us, but nothing lasting. They are issues that we push to the back of our minds, ignoring that they really exist, or that they truly effect the lives of others. Orphans are often like this. We see a picture of a dirty little naked kid running through the streets and think someone should do something. The next moment we return our focus to the major issues of life, facebook, lunch, or what to do after work.

Awareness allows us to move beyond knowing into action. When I choose to make my self aware of the plight of orphans I also make myself available for God to touch them through me. I may be called to adopt or help someone who is adopting. I may be called to give to a specific cause or go to a specific land. I may simply be called to pray. In whatever way you become aware of orphans, choose to act not to ignore. Very literally their life is hanging in the balance. What can you do to help?


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Passion, Peace, and Frustration

Have you ever noticed that in God paradoxes abound? To be truly free I make myself His slave is the best example. In my life God has given me new passion for ministry. To reach the orphans of the world and to adopt one of our own is what I live and breath. God directs me to portions of scripture in His word that highlights His heart for orphans. I see their faces every time I walk into my office. I have 12 pictures of orphans hanging to remind me of what I am called to do.

To see the joy that these kids have on their faces is a paradox. We see them and think, how can they be happy, how can they know joy? They are alone and "unwanted" as the world says. They have scars, both physical and emotional. In our minds no joy could exists. But in reality where Christ is joy abounds. Christ may be in a bowl of rice for the hungry or in a pair of shoes for the unclothed.

This passion at times seems to overwhelm me. I want my son or daughter yesterday! God is faithful to grant peace with the passion that He gives. I know that God is in control and all is accomplished as He sees fit to accomplish it.

Many times passion and peace also give way to frustration. How is that? It is a paradox. I have passion to do what God has called me to do, I have peace that He is in control of my life and situation, but I also have frustration that I am not doing enough or that things are not going quickly enough. I had hopes that our new ministry, mission 1:27 (http://www.mission127.com/) would have enough funding by now that we could be meeting greater needs more often. I have a desire to have my wife on staff with me where we, together with some of our close friends with the same passion, could reach thousands of kids. I want to build homes, I want to write checks to meet needs, I want to travel to foreign lands to lend a hand.

In God timing is everything. I know this, you know this, but we often forget that frustration is a natural part of life...even our spiritual life. It is not frustration that says God can't or won't, but He can but when!
Passion, Peace, and even Frustration guide us toward the ultimate goal that we can have in God...His perfect will for our lives. So son or daughter wherever you are this morning, I love you and desire to hold you in my arms. Kids of the world, I may not know how or when, but we will reach you, we will help provide for you, we will show you love.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Your Ways are Higher than My Ways

It has been a long time since I have blogged. A few days after Christmas your Grandma got sick. We later found out that the cancer had returned and had spread. My mom, your Grandma, went to be with Jesus March 2, 2011. One of the things that really bothered her about leaving us is that she would never get to meet you. I agree. You wont get to hear Grandma's voice or get hugs from her, but one day you will get to meet her. We know that Grandma is in heaven.

One day soon we will bring you home to a family that will love you unconditionally, a family that loves God with all their hearts, and believes in all that he said. We do not understand why God chose to take Grandma to heaven but we do know that His ways are higher than ours.

With all that has gone on, we have not had time to work on your adoption much. Now that this trial has passed, we will redouble our efforts to get you here with us. Mom and dad loves you very much.

Grandma told your sister and brother, "never forget Grandma loves you everyday, forever." She meant that for you too!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Father's Heart

Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. This story is a wonderful picture of God's love for us. In the story the son begs to leave his father's house. The father grants the sons wish giving him his portion of the inheritances. After living a wild life of sin and fleshly pleasure, the son finds himself out of money and begging for food. Once he reaches the bottom of the barrel, eating from the pig trough, he realizes that the servants in his father's house have it better. Walking toward the farm that he once called home, his father sees him in the distance and runs to him. He throws his arms around him and welcomes him back into the family. With loving arms outspread for us, our heavenly father runs toward us compelling us to join his family. In this way we, the gentiles, are adopted into his family. Forever grafted in as sons and daughters of the most high God. We are joint heirs with the Son. The one that is higher than any other. The one that is more beautiful than a field of wild flowers, stronger than the force of a hurricane, and as gentle as a dove. He is the one that gives our lives meaning and hope, not only for today, but also for the future. Our hope rests in Him. Our loving and eternal King welcomes us, he also bids us to gather others. The spirit of adoption is this. To love beyond all human reason, to give hope, and to welcome into our families as Christ has graciously welcomed us. Not only will the life of a child be changed but ours as well.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

God's Heart for Children

Here are my sermon notes from this past Sunday. I hope it causes you to thimk!

I. Introduction:

• Today as we are gathered, churches all over the nation are focused on children.

• This is Sanctity of Life Sunday.

• It is a day when we express our opposition to the world’s view.

• We believe that children are created in the image of their maker from the moment of conception.

• Abortion is rampant and those who dare to stand against this horrible practice are hated.

• Our nation grants women the freedom of choice, but few think that the innocent life within her has no choice.

• This morning I declare to you that God loves children.

• He died on the cross for them just as he did for you and me.

• He loves them and cares for them.

• My title this morning is, “God’s Heart for Children”

• I want us to look at how God views children.

• Prayer

II. He Plans:

• Jere. 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

III. He Parents:

• Psalm 68:5-6 “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy.6 God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.”

IV. He Provides:

• Deut. 24:19 “When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.”

V. He Protects:

• Deut. 10:18 “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.”

VI. He Pursues:

• Eph. 1:3-5 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

VII. Conclusion:

• Our God plans, parents, provides, protects, and pursues children.

• Why, because He loves His children.

• He loves them with an unending love.

• He cries with the child in Africa who has no food.

• He hurts with the child that hides in the dark because he is afraid of being hit again.

• He hears the prayers of the orphan begging Him for a family.

• He sees the innocent child that had no chance at life because of a mother’s choice.

• He bears their burdens.

• He heals their hearts.

• He comforts them in times of distress.

• God does not stop there.

• He calls us to do the same.

• James 1:27 “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you”

• Listen to the Father’s heart this morning.

• It is a heart filled with love and compassion.

• Children around the world are hurting.

• Gov. Mike Huckabee describes being pro-life as not only defending the unborn, but improving life after birth for all children.

• Along these line the Assemblies of God Foreign Missions Dept. has proclaimed 2011 the Year of the Child with the theme, no child without.

• God has called us to a greater purpose than ourselves.

• To this call we rise, to this call we answer, “God I will defend them!”
• Prayer for God to:

o Forgive us of our sins against children.

o Raise up workers for children around the world.

o Give us a heart of compassion and love for kids.

o Use us to touch their lives.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mission 1:27 E-Touch

Dear Friends and Family,

All around the world children are hungry and hurting. Millions walk the streets begging for their next meal. With no shoes, no clean clothes, they walk; sleeping wherever they can, in drainage ditches, sewers, and trash heaps.

Into this world of darkness and despair a light shines. Missionary workers seek to provide all that they can to help these little ones. Often it is not enough. For that reason my/our church has formed Mission 1:27. Our purpose is to help provide the needs of these kids. Current projects include: rice and beans, remodel work on buildings, a security wall, small prizes, shoes and uniforms, school tuition, and many more.

Please join me in supporting their E-Touch campaign. Help touch the lives of these kids around the world. From Haiti to the Philippines, from Europe to Africa, these kids are desperately in need.

You can give a donation of any amount by going to www.mission127.com. There is a PayPal Donation link there or if you would prefer send a donation to: Mission 1:27, PO Box 99086, Louisville, KY 40269. All donations are tax deductible.

Please help us make E-Touch a great success. There is over $10,000 in projects waiting. Please forward this to anyone that might be willing to help.

Mission 1:27 is also an adoption advocate. They would be happy to answer any questions you might have about adoption. Email them at: info@mission127.com

For His Children,


Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Your mom and I have always been Walmart shoppers. Not for everything, but usually for groceries. Saturday night they sponsored a wonderful movie, "A Change of Plans". The purpose was to bring focus to the need of adoption and foster care. It was a wonderful, heartwarming movie. It painted the challenges and the success with equal honesty. After the movie Walmart sponsored a live forum for answering questions and information.

No matter what issues others have with Walmart, we are now life long loyal customers. Thank you Walmart for bring light to this topic. I hope many children will find families because of your efforts.

Our process continues to move forward...although slowly. We are excited to find a few children on the waiting kids list that might fit the with the family. We are praying that you will be the perfect child for us.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

God You Are Awesome!

This week we will go through the final of three interviews for our homestudy. It will be great to have one more thing checked off the list. At this meeting we will owe our first large sum of money. Sunday we were short around $400-$500. Sunday night we received a check for $550. God is so faithful to us. Each time He performs a little miracle it just reinforces that we are doing the right thing. We know God has a great plan for your life. That plan, in God's wisdom and timing, includes us.

All during the Christmas break your sister and brother begged us to buy a stocking for you. Well after Christmas we purchased the first item that will be yours. You now have a moose stocking and holder. Whether you are with us by next Christmas or not, we will hang your stocking with the rest of the families.

We pray for you everyday and hope that your arrival will come sooner rather than later.