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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Open your eyes

This will rock your world. Please take 9 minutes to hear TRUTH! Go Selah! 
Jesus is written all over this story.
  • `HIV is considered a chronic but manageable disease with proper treatment.
    `Children who receive treatment are expected to live a normal lifespan.
  • `HIV has never been transmitted in normal family living conditions.
  • `You NEVER have to fear contracting HIV through casual contact with an HIV+ person.
  • `HIV is spread in three main ways: sexual contact, IV drug use through the sharing of dirty needles,
     mother to infant (pregnancy, birth or breast feeding.)
  • `All around the world orphans are overlooked for adoption because of their HIV+ status.
  • `Medications called ARVs can mean the difference between life and death.
  • `The combination of three or more ARVs is called HAART. (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy)
  • `With medications HIV can be effectively managed to the point that the virus is undetectable in laboratory tests.
  • `There is a term for the miraculous transformation HIV+ people undergo when they begin receiving the medications they need.  The Lazarus Effect is a term commonly used to describe people who were once on the brink of death who have been restored again to health through medication.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Marvin needs a computer!

Learning to take blood pressures

Meet our dear friend, Marvin. Marvin is 20 years old and is currently in college in Ghana. Marvin is studying to become a cardiologist :) Marvin immediately took us in and treated us like his siblings. He was so protective of me while we were in Ghana and the boy's faith is a rock. His laptop was stolen at school a few weeks ago and we are looking for a new or gently used laptop for Marvin! If you have one you would like to donate, please send me a message at Your gift will not go unnoticed and you will invest in generations of lives through Marvin's impact!! Please share this with others so we may be able to bless this sweet young man!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Not overdue

My step- mom sent me these words this week and it was so good for my heart... maybe it will help yours too... From Rick Warren...

 "But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!" (Habakkuk 2:3 LB)

'Even as you make a decision to follow the dream God places in your
heart, you can expect a delay. God will not fulfill your dream
immediately, because this is another step toward building your faith.

In Habakkuk 2, God says, “These things I plan won’t happen right away.
Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be
fulfilled” (Habakkuk 2:3 LB).

When delay comes to your dreams, you’ll most likely start asking the
question, “When, Lord? When are you going to answer my prayer?”

And we hate to wait. We don’t like to wait in a doctor’s office, in
traffic jams, at restaurants, for Christmas presents, or for anything
else. But what we hate worst of all is waiting on God.

We all have to go through these waiting periods. Even Jesus waited for
30 years in the carpenter’s shop before setting out on his public

Why do we wait? It teaches us to trust in God. We learn that his
timing is perfect. One of the facts we have to learn is this: God’s
delay never destroys his purpose.

A delay is not a denial. Children must learn the difference between
“no” and “not yet,” and so must we. Many times we think God is saying,
“No,” but he is really saying, “Not yet.”'

-Rick Warren

Sunday, April 15, 2012


These are the words from a friend in Ghana... "I got to wash (her) feet Sunday and pray over her and her leg then she washed my feet. So sweet.".. You see her leg is wounded and messy but by His grace, she will be healed...probably never 100% here on earth but in her eternal home; she will run and dance with all of His children!! Thank you Paige for loving our little one well and thank you baby girl for showing your mommy what true humility looks like...

 "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, 
you also should wash one another’s feet".
 -John 13:14

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

back yard

My heart is heavy today.. and has been since I asked for the numbers for Tennessee a few weeks ago...

Shelby- 1185
Smoky Mountain-987
Mid-Cumberland- 910
Northeast- 748
Upper Cumberland- 720
South Central- 552
Southwest- 355
Northwest- 271
TOTAL: 8302

You see behind these numbers are names, faces, children who are currently in Tennessee state custody as of 3/9/12.  These children are the ones are Father talks about in Isaiah 1:17-

"Learn to do right; seek justice.
   Defend the oppressed.

Take up the cause of the fatherless;
   plead the case of the widow"

 We MUST take up their cause. We must stand in the gap on their behalf. Many have  preconceived notions of the U.S. foster care system. I am just beginning to learn about it but here are some truths I learned in the Parents As Tender Healers (PATH) class..
  •  90+% of children are in custody due to abuse or neglect secondary to alcohol and drug abuse, NOT because they have gotten in trouble.
  • Every time a child changes homes, they lose an average of 6 months developmentally
  • The number one goal of the state is reunification with the birth family (this was hard for me at first and the reason I said "I could never foster". Just for clarification for our families if they read this... We are not fostering at this time :). The Lord has been specific in getting our girls home from Ghana and pouring into them but he has called me to be a VOICE for these voiceless children and advocate for them. The Lord gently told me one day... "Kristin, my faithful servants in Ghana are fostering and standing in the gap for your children until they come home. You may be called to do this for someone else, no matter the cost to you.".... ok... Jesus... ok :) 
  • If a child does become adoptable, the adoption is free through the state.                                                                                                                                                                                                        So... please PRAY and be sensitive to the yielding of the Lord in this area of your life. Defending the fatherless is going to look SO different for all of us. If you are in another state, I encourage you to google the "Department of Children Services" in your area and see where your gifts may be used. You may click the links below to learn more about specific needs:
NORTHEAST::  Carter; Greene; Hancock; Hawkins; Johnson; Sullivan; Unicoi; and Washington County
SMOKY MOUNTAIN:  Blount; Claiborne; Cocke; Grainger; Hamblen; Jefferson; and Sevier County
EAST:  Anderson; Campbell; Loudon; Monroe; Morgan; Roane; Scott; and Union County
TN Valley:  Bledsoe; Bradley; Franklin; Grundy; Hamilton; McMinn; Marion; Meigs; Polk; Rhea; and Sequatchie County
 SOUTH CENTRAL:  Bedford; Coffee; Giles; Hickman; Lawrence; Lewis; Lincoln; Marshall; Maury; Moore; Perry; and Wayne County
MID-CUMBERLAND:  Cheatham; Dickson; Houston; Humphreys; Montgomery; Robertson; Rutherford; Stewart; Sumner; Trousdale; Williamson; and Wilson County
UPPER CUMBERLAND:  Cannon; Clay; Cumberland; DeKalb; Fentress; Jackson; Macon; Overton; Pickett; Putnam; Smith; Van Buren; Warren; and White County
SOUTHWEST:  Chester; Decatur; Fayette; Hardeman; Hardin; Haywood; Henderson; Lauderdale; McNairy; Madison; and Tipton County
NORTHWEST:  Benton; Carroll; Crockett; Dyer; Gibson; Henry; Lake; Obion; and Weakley County