Thank you to everyone who played a role in our "Light Their World" Gala at The Cove last month. Great music, speakers, weather, auction and people! Our auction alone raised $24,000! We enjoyed great tunes and testimony from Mark Schultz. Terry Jaggers (President of the Texas Foster Family Association) and Bob McCleary (North Carolina Baptist Children Homes) shared their excitement about the response of foster families to Orbie's new curriculum. We are so grateful to all who volunteered, sponsored, served, bought, and gave!
She's only nine, but she's already been adopted twice. Four years ago she got a whole new life when she was adopted out of a government-run orphanage in China. In one moment, she went from darkness to light. From being unwanted to deeply loved. From having no one to belonging in a family that adores her.
Recently, Collins made the important decision to be adopted again....this time by her Creator. Yes, she's only nine. But she really gets it. As she says, "God is perfect, I'm not. God sent Jesus to take my spanking. I turned from my sin and asked him in my heart. I am now in God's family...forever!" That is the gospel, pure and simple. It's an adoption story. We once were lost but now are found, were blind but now we see. Coming into God's family for all eternity is the greatest miracle of all.
For Collins, the second adoption has resulted in new and fresh again. Her old life is gone in so many ways. Her behavior has changed because her heart has changed. There is a peace and stability that was never there before. And above all? She's got an exuberant joy that is pretty much breathtaking to behold. How amazing to look into her eyes and realize that God has miraculously orchestrated her adoption...twice!
For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether - the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Orbie Gala 2014 was an incredibly inspiring night! Many people caught the vision and are now a part of the mission of Orbie for Orphans. Those who attended were encouraged to see that the Lord is using their efforts and investment as a part of “Team Orbie”.
The news is carrying the ongoing story right now of two American medical missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia. One, in particular, is Dr. Kent Brantly, a young doctor just starting out with a wife and small children. The natural question to ask is, “Why?”
Who knew that the simple transfer of a box could bring such a thrill? Last month, we were at the National Orphan Summit in Chicago where a few thousand people gathered who work on the front lines with orphans and foster children. As we sold our Mission Trip Curriculum Kits in 7 languages, we would ask, “Where will this be used?
These are exciting times for Orbie for Orphans!Our first teaching kit, The One Who Stays, will be ready to go on the front lines in early May. Based on distribution channels, we are translating this from English into 6 other languages. Because 67% of the world’s children learn through oral/visual means, animation is a key component of our strategy to bring life change to these children. They learn best through seeing stories come to life, and yet, curriculum for orphans using animation is unheard of…until now!
Recently in January, our adopted daughter had surgery with the craniofacial team at the University of North Carolina. It was a big deal for her as evidenced by short video we took of her at the hospital.