A Creative Solution

August 18, 2008

Have you ever sat across from someone in a conversation and felt so inspired and motivated? After talking to them you feel like you could run a marathon or face your biggest fears or adopt a baby from Russia? ☺ Well, that is how I felt a few days ago.

I had coffee with a great friend. She is a fellow youth leader and a mother of a two of our high school students at the Chapel. She shared with me that she and her family has been praying about how they could help us financially with our adoption. But she said that what they could give as a family is not as much as what they desire to give. So, they began praying about how they could help more and in the process, God gave her an amazing idea that she wanted to run by me.

She said that although she didn’t have they money to GIVE big, she did feel like God has given her creativity and networking abilities to PLAN big. So, she brought this idea before me of hosting a fundraiser dinner. She would ask local grocery stores to donate food, and gather people to help serve and decorate. All kinds of people will be invited from friends and neighbors to students and their families, with the goal of putting all of the profits towards our agency fees. Wow! She is taking this idea and running with it, while putting people in place to make it happen. The plans are in motion. It was so exciting and humbling to sit with her as she shared this idea God laid on her heart.

I’ll post more details when we get more as far as dates and times. So far it sounds like it could be an awesome event. It will probably be at an outdoor shelter/park with a time of worship and prayer after the dinner. I’m so excited!! I was again reminded that God is in the business of blowing away my expectations and thoughts on how I imagined we would raise our needed funds. He is stirring more in people’s hearts than just the giving of their money, but the giving of their talents, of their abilities, and of their passions, using all of these things to help bring little St. Pete into our arms. We are truly blessed to know such amazing people who are walking this path with us.

Today, Steve and I spent a good part of the day at the Cleveland Airport. We were saying goodbye to three of our high school students who have taken the leap of faith to spend one year on the mission field. Two were heading to South Africa and one was going to Europe. It was so special to spend time with them and their families, praying for them, crying with them and being excited for them.

As we waited, Steve and I watched people come in and out of the terminals. We tried to figure out everyone’s “story” of what brought them to the airport that day. It got us thinking about our story and how the Cleveland airport is going to hold a special place in our hearts over the next year or so. There is one door that everyone comes through to exit the terminals. We began imagining what it will be like to bring our baby over the Cleveland airport “threshold” and into their new world. We thought about all of the people who will be so excited to meet little St. Pete. We sat there in tears, already emotional from saying goodbye, thinking about what it will be like to introduce our baby to everyone.

We are again, so very grateful for those of you journeying with us. We continue to learn that we are receiving financial donations from family members, friends and high school students at our church! We are just so grateful. Thanks for responding to the stirrings in your heart to give however you can. We love you!


  • We are still in the process of colleting and authenticating paperwork to send to CWA. Our goal is by the beginning of September to have everything sent to CWA and the second big chunk of money ($12,000). Once all of that is turned in, we just wait to hear back from Russia!!
  • We are praying that Steve’s background check will come in quickly. He was “randomly selected” for a more in-depth screening, which takes longer. This is holding up the completion of our homestudy which means we still cannot apply for grants just yet.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for the orphanage workers, for love and patience as they take care of our little baby.
  • Pray for the ongoing issues with Russia and Georgia – that the conflicts would resolve quickly and not affect our adoption.
  • Pray for God to continue to stir in the hearts of people to give – whether it be financially or creatively with the gifts/talents God has given them

We’ll update again next Monday. Love, Kate & Steve


2 Responses to “A Creative Solution”

  1. Sue Lowe said

    I am so thankful for that friend who cares so much for you and Steve and your little St. Pete. What a wonderful idea! As I read further in your blog at your description of envisioning the Cleveland airport as a starting off and returning place for this adventure, I was in tears- wanting that day to be soon. What a blessed child it will be to arrive at that airport in the arms of you and Steve- St. Pete does not know it yet, but he/she has hit the lottery!!!!! I love you guys and can’t wait to be St. Pete’s grandma!!!!

  2. Congratulations on your decision to adopt from Russia! I read your post on the Pskov yahoo group. We are also registered in Pskov and are using CWA for our adoption. Best of luck to you! Feel free to email me if you have any questions or just need support. God Bless!

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