Friday, October 19, 2012

Introducing the Tommy Candles

Our dear friends Joe and Susanna have a special calling on their lives.
Some will think that it is adoption.
Well, yes, that too but so much more.

God has used this couple to shine the light on a terrible
situation in an orphanage in Eastern Europe.
I am going to be very careful to not use any town 
or country names so that I don't jeopardize
their current adoption plans.

When Susanna was headed to this orphanage for the 
very first time to meet little Katie, Warren and I had the 
privilege of taking her to the airport in Philadelphia.
As we drove we talked without stopping.

Understand that Katie's health was so precarious
that no one knew if she would live to complete
the adoption.
Would she survive the trip home?
Then would she survive the refeeding that had to happen 
after the starvation program that she had been held in
for so many years. 
When I say this I am not being dramatic.
It was intentional and severe.

So, as we drove, Susanna said very sincerely that she 
felt that this was about more than Katie.

She was so right.

Way back when Katie needed a feeding tube......

As much as God loves Katie and has brought her into a very 
wonderful home where she is thriving and responding 
miraculously to the love and nutrition,
He also loves every child held hostage there.

In the process of finding homes for the others
Susanna had to recommend this little guy.

Well, he is little.
But he is also 15 years of age.
There was a tug at Susanna's heart every time
someone would request his file.
Every time she had to put him out there for others 
to consider.
Tommy had already found a place in her heart.
However, Joe and Susanna didn't think they would 
qualify to adopt right now.
Imagine their surprise and joy when they found out 
that they indeed do qualify.
This brought about a very urgent situation.
You see, since Tommy turns 16 in March he will 
"age out" and will no longer be available for 
rescue through adoption.

Time is critical.

I have no doubt that God is going to raise the 
money needed to get this young man home.
I would like to be just a small part of it with the 
Tommy candles but more importantly through
the spotlight each candle will put on this subject.
I see these candles starting conversations.
You can give them as gifts and spread the word.
If they are sitting in your home you can tell the story
to all who enter.
Every time you see your candle you can whisper a 
prayer that God will continue to "clean house" in that 
orphanage and bring those children to forever homes.

While conditions are improving for those children 
and they are now receiving better nutrition, diaper changes 
and improving care, there is nothing that will bring them 
to health and happiness like a family to love them.

Children who do not receive love
do not thrive.
This is fact.

I hope that you will consider purchasing 
one or more Tommy candles
but more than that I hope that you will 
head on over to this blog post
written by Susanna and see the children 
who desperately need someone to love them.

Is that someone you?
Can you pass it on?
Maybe someone you know has a special 
calling on their life and they don't even 
know these blessings are available.

Just go here to make your 
$4 from each candle goes directly 
to help Tommy come home!


PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

You know Im sitting here crying right now. God bless your friend and her mission.

Vee said...

It is a beautiful thing you are doing. Many blessings... Since Tommy has been laid upon so many hearts, I know that the Father has a plan.

Mrs.Rabe said...

These turned out so beautifully! I love the jar, and the label!


Tricia said...

Tears in my eyes at this story. I have been praying about this and will continue to pray!!

Tricia said...

Tears in my eyes at this post. I have been and will continue to pray!!

Tricia said...

Tears in my eyes at this story. I have been praying about this and will continue to pray!!

Sheila Fisher said...

God Bless this family . They are amazing.

Sabrina said...

Becky, thank you so much for doing this for Tommy. I can't wait to get my order!

Stefanie and Bill said...

Just order 4! Having adopted 7 children myself, I am so happy to participate in the miracle of bringing Tommy to his forever family! Can't wait to get the candles either;)