You can read the beginning of this story last Monday.
From there God laid a path of adoption before me. I was Cubbie
Director in an Awana program that was 80% to 90% unchurched-almost all low-income families. I saw the
hurt. Working with those kids led me to want to work with kids. I knew
I wanted to work with low income, hurting families. However, I wasn't
My youth group leader in high school was a
preschool teacher. She wisely told me that Children's Ministry and
Preschool Teacher was not where God was calling me. Laura introduced me
to FCS, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Home Ec? What?
Actually its so MUCH more then that. There is a component to FCS that
is Human Development and Family Relationships. One of the best schools
for this major was Illinois State University.
ISU with a desire to adopt and a plan to work with hurting kids and
families. But God wanted to teach me more. He led me to a church where
the Youth Director had started just a year or two before. He was married to
an amazing woman who was passionate about orphans. What I didn't realize
was the year I arrived God was stiring in her heart a desire to start an
Orphan Care Ministry.
Almost two years after arriving at
that church I approached her about joining her team. This woman has
been amazing and encouraging friend. I am so thankful for her. She has
educated me, pushed me, and helped me to learn when to hold back. Her
passion encourages mine, and her wisdom helps me stay grounded.
of this led to Tony and I saying yes to two precious girls. God would
shut the door on those amazing children, but use it to draw my heart to where it is now. It is amazing to see where God put each piece of the puzzle into place. Without taking me through the hoops, I don't think I would be were I am now.