NOTE: The following post was written by Sasha Carpenter, oldest daughter of our dear friends Brian and Stephanie Carpenter. All three are steadfast in their advocacy for the most voiceless orphans around the world. Please give Sasha’s words a careful reading and pass this post on! Thank you, friends!
Hi everyone– this is Sasha! As we think about Easter this past weekend and the gift of Christ’s resurrection, the Lord has put a few thoughts on my heart and I would like to share them with you.
What are we celebrating? When we gather in church, fellowship with friends and family and express our thankfulness for our Risen Savior– what is at the heart of our joy?
We know Christ died for our sins and because of His death on the cross, if we accept Him, we are given eternal life. (John 3:16). His death means that we are washed of our old, stained pasts and given new life. (2 Corinthians 5:17). When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are adopted into the family of God. (Ephesians 1:5). This is the basis of the Gospel.
I’ve been blessed to grow up in a family that has taught me these truths since I was little. But just yesterday, I had a deeper realization–the importance of The Name.
For what is part of the evidence we are adopted into God’s family? Our name changes. From that day forward, we are no longer on our own. I am not just Sasha Carpenter. I am Sasha Carpenter Christian. As part of God’s family, I have the privilege of taking on His name– Christ.
This is directly paralleled to my earthly adoption. When I and my sisters were adopted, my parents made us part of their family. We took on the Carpenter name. It is that acceptance, that name that has made all the difference. I now have all the privileges of a Carpenter daughter– to have a family, go to university, have US citizenship– because of a name.
Adoption is not just part of the Bible, not just part of the Gospel. Adoption is the Gospel. It is what each of us has experienced when we made the decision to follow Christ.
So, with a renewed vision of what we are celebrating this Easter, I come to you with a request.
Brittan needs $600 to pay her first adoption fee. Hope’s acceptance fee is already paid, but we do not have Brittan’s yet.
When people ask us: “Why do you adopt so many kids?” my answer is simple: Because we have been called to give these children a new life and our name, as Christ has done for us. This Easter season, as we celebrate His death and resurrection, may we also be reminded of the importance of His name.
If you would like to give to Hope and Brittan so they can become part of the Carpenter family, please go to the YouCaring page at: www.youcaring.com/return2china. Please pass this link on to everyone in your social network! Thank you.