Monday, January 17, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Honestly, it wasn't statistics, an adoption conference, orphan Sunday or even a vision. It was really a small conviction that started and grew at an early age in both of our hearts from Seattle, Washington all the way to Tehran, Iran. Seriously, it's amazing when I think of the Lord planting seeds in both of our hearts at such a young age. Sol grew up with Muslim beliefs while surviving the streets of Tehran while I grew up with Christian beliefs in a sheltered home within Suburban Seattle.
Because Sol grew up with bare minimum and had to learn ways to survive, he understood and felt the pain of children across the world who were in the same place. At the age of 12, he saw the pictures of children in Ethiopia who were starving and malnourished and had the compassion to one day adopt when he had his own family.
I love that....
In spite of all the pain Sol had to go through,
I love how the Lord has given my husband the ability to understand and emphathize with the less fortunate and orphaned.
I grieve for what he didn't have and the brokeness of his childhood and yet I am so grateful because he has humbled me enough to understand a glimpse of the pain that the less fortunate have to go through throughout the rest of the world. The amazing part is that God lovingly rescued Sol with the plan of using him to one day demonstrate His same love to our children in Ethiopia.
I grew up with parents that demonstrated
compassion and generosity in amazing ways.
I call it " Contagious Compassion."
After coming back from India in 1998, my heart was broken for the orphans and the poor. I felt I had to get involved immediately
or else I was going to miss out!
I thought God was calling me "NOW!"
Obviously, He had something completely different in mind
and took me on a long 12 humbling years to get me to where I am at now.