This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

1000 blessings in one concert

A few weeks back, we were invited to Steven Curtis Chapman's "This Moment" concert in Bloomfield, CT by Shaohanna's Hope, an organization founded by the Chapman family to "mobilize the body of Christ to care for orphans." They asked us to come to the concert to help them by being the face of CT adopting families. When we accepted the invitation we found out that we would be going on stage with Steven Curtis Chapman so that the whole audience could see that a real, live, Christian family in Connecticut is preparing their home to love and accept a parentless child from far away.

What we didn't know was that Shaohannah's Hope was going to collect an offering that night that would be given to us... onstage... in front of 1000 people... as a grant to help us pay the last round of fees to bring our child home to us. We were stunned when we found out and overwhelmed to accept a generous gift of $4000 from the offering and Shaohannah's Hope. Around $2700 was collected at the concert, and was matched by Shaohannah's Hope. Before we left the stage Steven Curtis Chapman and everyone in the audience prayed for us and our child in El Salvador.

After the concert, we had the opportunity to follow Steven Curtis Chapman to his dressing room for some pictures and a wonderful chat about the miracle that adoption has been in his family's life, how God is working the same miracle for our family, and how God truly works the same miracle in each of us who comes to be adopted into His family through Jesus.

At least 1000 blessings in one evening!