Update: had someone that knew raffle was over but still wanted to donate.
We need $6,000 in a week..$5500 was raised! Wow!!!
Justin and I are so humbled. When we started this journey money was one of our big concerns.. I mean $30k sounded like a lot of money.. That is more than I make in a year. How in the world were we going to come up with that kind of money right?!?! Well we thought.... who are we to put God in a box... we knew that God had called us to adopt and called us to adopt from Africa. So who were we to tell him no becasue of the fear of money. So we stepped out of our comfort zone and put all our Faith and trust in him..
God has carried is the whole way... It's been a long journey. I had adopting moms tell me that this will be a journey where my Faith would be tested! At that time,in the beginning, I thought I knew what they were talking about.... I had NO CLUE..
I'm telling you the devil was out to Kill,steal, and destroy our family. He put so many obstacles in our way. We had friendships vanish, my health decline for a long period of time, we moved, lots of unexpected Financial burdens and the list goes on and on.
My brothers and sisters, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. People like that, unable to make up their minds and undecided in all they do, must not think that they will receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:2-8 GNB)
Man did We pray for wisdom!
"for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. (James 1:3)
Our endurance has gotten much stronger.. We feel/know that with God all things are possible.....
Jesus looked straight at them and said, “There are some things that people cannot do, but God can do anything.” (Matthew 19:26)
Now that I talked about all the trails.... I do not want to leave out the blessings.... Our faith is stronger than it has ever been, we love the challenge of getting out of our comfort zone and seeking God... We sometimes tell him he is crazy.. But we follow him anyways..
We have been blessed with amazing friends and family(you know who you are)that have been by our sides this whole journey encouraging us and never discouraging us .
We have meet so many people that share our hearts and passions.
There are people that we have never meet that have showed us amazing
Support and love.. It's surprising to find out that sometimes the people you thought would be by your side aren't and That people you never meet come to the rescue.
Our children have got to see God in action.. Now talk about a child like faith... I pray my faith be as strong as theirs.... I love that God is in their everyday language. If a problem arises they know to pray about it. Their prayers and trust in Jesus blow me away!
We want to thank each and everyone of you for all that you have blessed us with! Thank you for your prayers(keep them coming), emotional support, financial support, and the love you have poured out for us.
Jaxon, Aubrey, and Aboss