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
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
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!