A Love Looking Forward

April 14, 2009

This past week, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a girl who was adopted from an eastern European country. It was so amazing how God crossed our paths, allowing us to have a significant conversation. Our hearts were joined because we both have a love for the same area of the world. It was so interesting to hear her perspective. Her love is a love looking back, while mine is a love looking forward.

She told me a lot about life in eastern Europe, about the culture, the people, her friends and her life. She is beautiful and funny and loves to be with people. She also told me about the hardships of the specific orphanage she grew up in. She talked about how they were encouraged to physically fight with each other in order to “get tough”. She told me about how they were told that they were going to grow up to become prostitutes or live on the streets and that is why they needed to learn to be tough.

Although my heart broke as I listened to her share a very small glimpse of her story, I was reminded of what a picture her life is of the easter account. It’s a beautiful story of redemption: from death to life, from pain to joy, from fear to peace, from hopelessness to hope. God is in the business of taking our pain and making it a reflection of His love and joy. He brings us out of the darkness into His marvelous light.

I am also excited about the opportunity to share my story this Wednesday night. If you are in town, it will be at the Akron Campus in room 352 at 6:45. It is for just women and I have been asked to share about my experiences in India. I’m actually going to be sharing a bigger picture of how God has used India to be influential in our decision to adopt. I’d love for you to be there!

Thanks for waiting and hoping and praying with us. I was reminded this Easter weekend that we serve a God who loves to make beauty from ashes and garments of praise for our despair. I delight in Him, hope in Him and wait on Him. We hope to have good news soon – thanks for sticking with us!

Updates:

  • No updates. Unless you consider “waiting” an update ☺

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for our little one – to be loved, touched, hugged and sung to
  • Pray for the caretakers – for strength, patience and love
  • Pray for our hearts as we wait

We’ll update again in a week. Until then, love Kate & Steve.

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One Response to “A Love Looking Forward”

  1. jen said

    i just read the last 3 posts together. every time i read, i just can’t get over how well you write! 🙂 it’s awesome.

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