one of the most unique blessings of living in birmingham is the sheer number of adoptive families that we’re surrounded by everyday. when we started micah’s adoption, we didn’t know another soul who had traveled that same international path, but now in our church alone we’ve got friends with children adopted from uganda, china, kazakhstan, ethiopia, guatemala, DRC, haiti, and russia. and now that we’re well into the process of completing a domestic adoption, i’m ecstatic to have a good friend who’s gone before us in her own stateside adoption so that i can share with her the ups, downs, and crazies of this journey.
if you don’t know my friend, jenny, you should.
i could go on and on about why i love jenny so much, but one of the qualities i admire in her the most is her humble boldness. she tells it to you like it is – straight to your face – somehow, all the while, making you want to give her a big hug and thank her for what she said. but jenny’s not just talk…the girl LIVES it, too. many years ago, the lord began breaking her heart for the least of these, and discontent to simply throw some money at her favorite charity or ministry, she began to pray about doing more.
and the beautiful more is what god called her to.
if anybody had an excuse to turn and run, jenny did. words like single mom, extra chromosome, and two other kids could have been her ticket out, but she trusted in the lord’s plan and his power in her to see it through. and this morning, a plane landed with jenny and her THREE children on it. please join me in welcoming home josiah harrison clark (all six pounds of him)!!!
religion that god our father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.