Monday, May 14, 2012

Adopt Us!

 
SEEKING ADOPTION
Well, we are not really orphans—but, adoption is a beautiful word that helps describe the strong relationship that we are seeking between our family and the churches and friends that pray and support us. The church at Antioch, in a sense, adopted Paul and Barnabas as special messengers of the Gospel to Asia and Europe (Acts
13:1-3). We are hoping to have the same relationship with the people who send us.
We encourage everyone we meet to prayerfully consider adopting OUR FAMILY as their missionaries. We hope that you will discover that adopting us as your missionary family can be a very rewarding experience. It will open your life and the life of your family to a world that is completely unseen in your present context. You will gain a
new perspective of your world, the world outside the U.S. and learn what God is doing in foreign lands while you become more directly involved in reaching the world for Jesus Christ.
How and Why Adopt OUR FAMILY
Much of the effectiveness of adopting a missionary truly depends on you taking the time to know the family or individual you are adopting—in this case us. If you adopt a small child, you don't just assume you know all you need to know and then head down some predetermined path. So, as with a child, we are seeking people to be involved in our lives and ministry through prayer, communication, and material support.
Prayer: Augustine said, "Without God, we cannot; but without us, God will not." Prayer is the life blood of
missions—and we covet it!!! I tell you, nothing is more humbling and encouraging than when someone tells us they
have been praying for us.
Encourage and Communicate: Being in a foreign land is often like being on another planet. In Kenya, we are completely disconnected from the churches, people, and community we left. Therefore, we are seeking peoplewho are willing to keep us connected to the life we left.
Material Support: You might be surprised, but most missionaries receive the majority of their monthly financial support from individuals and not from churches—it is the same with us. We really depend on individuals to adopt and support us financially. The average amount individuals give missionaries is usually between $25 and $50 per month. Currently, we are still short about $1000/mo. (only 20 people at $50/mo.)  Therefore, we are seeking people to prayerfully consider financially supporting us on a monthly basis on top of their montly tithes to church.

 We are asking for prayers and for financial assistance because we are about to be moving to Eldoret, Kenya to work at an orphanage. We currently live in Murfreesboro, TN and have attended Stones River Church of Christ for the past 2 years.  We have felt for several years led to the eastern part of Africa and an opportunity arose this past fall for an organization that would be seeking a couple to come in and begin in an orphanage called Children with Hope.  We will be working alongside a native Kenyan named Peter and his wife in addition to working with us at Children With Hope. They have asked us to come on board with their ministry beginning August of this year and make a commitment of at least 2 years though we plan on staying longer if it is God’s will. When we get there we will begin the process of taking on children. As we take on more children we will be able to hire staff that will help give them jobs to provide for their families. We felt very led to this area because of the number of orphans. There are around 60,000 orphans in Kenya alone and we hope to be able to invest in as many lives as possible to help them know they are loved and to bring them to a knowledge of God.

If you are interested please contact us at hammy1285@gmail.com or leave a comment on how to get in touch with you.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27

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