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, December 19, 2009

19 December 2009--last day in Brazil, first day as new creations

We’re wrapping up our last full day in Brazil tonight. The children are sleeping, James is packing suitcases, laundry is spinning in the washing machine and Kim is trying to find an eloquent way to tie up this trip in a neat little package.

We took our friends Ester and Leonel out to lunch today to thank them for all they’ve blessed us with during our last week in Brazil. They have given us much more than a place to rest our heads and fill our tummies. They have given us much more than rides around town and guided insider tours of all the Rio high-spots. They have opened their hearts to us, and in love and service, they have brought us into their family. Much more than even that, they have helped to bring all four of our children into the family of God.

Tonight after dinner, Ester led the children through the Gospel using little colored hearts representing the glory of God, our separation from him because of sin, Christ’s atoning sacrifice, the cleansing and new birth that we receive when we are washed by his blood, and the hope of eternal life in communion with the Lord.

All four children decided to accept Christ into their hearts and we are all celebrating with the angels that each one is now not only a child of ours, but also a child of God’s, forgiven and cleansed.

A perfect way to end this trip. And a beautiful way to begin our family.

Praise God!


Julia said...

That's so amazing! What wonderful news that your four little ones chose to accept Christ! I feel so excited for them and for you guys...

Colleen Bell said...

Praise the LORD! We are rejoicing with the angels. Now you truly are a family! The Lord was so gracious to you and His timing was so incredible! Wasn't that one moment worth all the waiting and supposedly thwarted plans. God's plans and timing are perfect. Crescendoing at the right moment.

"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10

Julie Silvestri said...

Praise God!! What a gift!!