Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankfulness for Emma Lael & NDFH

So far, we have raised 38% of our goal to buy anti-rejection meds for Talley and Mark at NDFH (New Day Foster Home)!  Remember, if we raise $500 by the end of the month, our donations will be matched by THREE DIFFERENT MATCHING GRANTS!  So in the end, we'll have raised $2,000 for NDFH, which is enough to buy medicine for both kiddos for 2 months.  You can go to our fundraising page on CrowdRise to contribute to the cause; all donations go directly to NDFH and your contribution is tax-deductible.

We reached out to a few of our NDFH friends to guest blog this month in celebration of Adoption Month and #STOrphanCare. Andrea, who blogs at The Sisler Six, writes below of her experience with New Day, child sponsorship, adoption, and Thankfulness.


Thankfulness…the Webster dictionary defines it this way: a warm, friendly feeling of gratitude.

I am thankful for New Day, who heard God’s call and acted upon it in 1993.

I am thankful that our daughter, Emma Lael, was a recipient of New Day's Love, Compassion, Grace and Mercy.

Why support the work of New Day? For my husband Kent and me it was easy, it made sense to us. It started because our daughter was once the recipient of others' support.  It is a financial commitment, but it’s much more than that. It is a commitment to pray for the child you sponsor and the work of NDFH.  We joyfully sponsor Seth and Ella. When you have a child who was LOVED at NDFH by the nannies and foster parents, you want to “give back.” Knowing someone sponsored our child before we ever knew she was our child; I can’t even explain the emotions it stirs inside me when I think of that.

Emma Lael had two open-heart surgeries while at New Day. The generosity of total strangers saved our daughter's life. How can a parent ever thank someone enough? You truly can’t. But we can "pay it forward."  To partner in the work of New Day is an honor. To watch the children flourish in the loving arms of their nannies and foster parents.... To see people rally around the children at New Day and pray, then to read of a grim diagnosis turn into miraculous healing. It is a gift to be a part of the work and watch the miraculous transformations. Your support makes a difference. It saves lives.

I am thankful for families who answer God’s call to Adoption. God’s word says this…

James 1:27 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. 

I know God clearly doesn’t call everyone to adopt. But, He does call disciples of Jesus Christ to do something:  Pray. Sponsor. Support a family adopting. Encourage a family who may be struggling after an adoption. Adopt. Foster.

James 2:17 "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." (NIV) 

Sometimes we might think that faith in action is doing big things, and certainly it is; but small actions matter too. James 2:17 doesn't diminish the beauty of faith, but rather tells us to put action with it. Action moves your faith from being one of words to one of life-changing impact on others.

Take a look at the needs at NDFH and your means to meet them. Determine what you are able to do, then put your faith into action. You will never regret putting your faith in God and being a part of His great plan for the children at NDFH. We adopted Emma Lael in September 2010. What she has brought to our family, friends, church and community, I can’t put into words. She is a precious gift from God, and we are Thankful.

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