4) To all the moms who shared pictures of your adopted little ones for the What Difference Does it Make? post, my friend Kim Zimmerman would like permission to use just the photos, no names or other identifying information. She hopes to put together a poster for her church’s observation of Orphan Sunday on November 6th. Two of you have already given permission for Kim to use them. If you aren’t one of the two, would you be willing to give that permission? If so, could you email to let me know? Thank you!
5) On Friday, Dr. Susan Friedman, the CHOPADOPT doctor who is overseeing Katie’s case, asked us a question that we had not anticipated. She would like us to consider speaking with the hospital’s public relations department about the possibility of allowing Katie’s story to be told in some form of public secular media. As you probably know or could have guessed, this is utterly outside our league. We are confident that God has a will in the matter, and that He will show it to us, and we would be so grateful to know that others are praying about this with us. Thank you so much, friends.
6) We want you all to know about a gift that God has been giving our family.
Our church has been so wonderful in coming alongside us in this adventure, and being 100% supportive, both emotionally and spiritually. It is amazing how quickly they jumped right in, considering that we just showed up there at the beginning of June! Small as the group is (maybe seventy-five people?), they are big on genuine relationships and hospitality. Church family drove me to the airport, provided meals for the time I was in Katie’s country and beyond, invited Joe to their homes while our children were staying with friends, and asked me to give a presentation so that everyone could understand what has happened and will be happening. One of the men even offered to work part time in Joe’s place if it would mean that he could go on that first trip. Best of all, they keep up with our news so that they can pray.
We are more grateful than words can express for this group of brothers and sisters, and for their desire to walk in obedience to Jesus. If any of you are reading, please know that we love you, we thank the Lord for the gift you have been to us, and we pray that we will someday be as great a blessing to you all as you have already been to us.