Provision and More Waiting

Praises for a $2000 grant from Heart of Bride Ministry for Orphans.  Check out their website: http://www.heartofthebride.org/

 Praises for a free wooden swing set from Craig’s list, although Ron is driving 1 and ½ hours each way to get it!  Praises for a connection through Sharon United Methodist Church we aquired two dressers.  Check out their rummage sale coming up soon on July 10,11, and 12.  Praises for an awesome core team for our Both Hands project, and a sweet family, Tamara Ball and her children Parker and Emma, to do this awesome project with/for! 

We continue to just feel the Lord providing for us each day in new and unique ways.  We feel so blessed and supported by our church, family and community.  I am so thankful for the people praying for and supporting us, knowing these precious boys have all this support!

Been profoundly impacted by a verse in my daily Bible reading:

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closed his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in Him?

1 John 3:17

It is such a difficult reality that all of us in America are so wealthy compared to the rest of the world.  I pray that our hearts will never stop seeking His face and using all He gives us to help those who need it. How can the world look at us if we live just like them and see any difference?  Do we just look like the world but don’t do big sins?  Do our lives reflect any sense of real dependence on Him?  Do we even remember to ask for our Daily Bread? (David Platt in his secret church sermon asks this) Or are we pretty sure we can take care of all our own needs?  Questions to ponder.  

I have struggled with the waiting.  Right now we have heard no news.  Praying for a miracle to travel this summer.  If this happens, it will unmistakebly be the hand of God!  I pray Lord, that it would be your will to bring ours sons home soon.  I ask in Jesus name for a referral.

Thank you for all your support and continued prayers.  Can hardly believe our little Ella Joy is nearly one!  Thank you Jesus for Ella Joy.

Blessings in Christ,

The Schaffner Family

Both Hands Project

We are really excited about our latest fundraiser.  We are doing a Both Hands project.  I shared the link earlier to the video explaining this, but here it is again in case you missed it.http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/adoption-funding/both-hands/  We will be helping a woman in our church and her two children, Tamara Ball from Blissfield, MI. She lost her husband two years ago to an aggressive cancer and needs some help with home repairs.  We recruit team members who send out support letters to be sponsored for their day of work.  This money goes to Lifesong and is used to support our adoption.  She gets her home repaired while we raise funds for our adoption, thus “Both Hands.”  Our work day is July 26th at 8 am. A few men are working the Saturday before also as they were gone on the 26th.  We will take any donations of food, supplies for the work day.  If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate, let us know!  It is also a face book event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/681385888600907/

Please be in prayer for this event:

1.  Pray for God to be Glorified

2.  Pray we get a lot done  for Tamara

3.  Pray we raise the funds we need for the rest of the adoption

4. Also pray we get a referral soon!

Blessings and Love,

The Schaffner Family

 

Matching Grant Information

Some of you have asked about our matching grant information, I would be glad to send you a letter or here is the basic information you need:

To send a tax deductible donation for our $3000 matching grant:

  1. Please prayerfully consider giving a tax deductible donation as we have been blessed with a $3000 matching grant funded by Family Christian Ministries, through Lifesong for Orphans to help pay for our adoption expenses.  Our goal date is August 4, 2014, but funds will be accepted until our sons are home and/or the adoption is complete.

Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “Schaffner  #4451” to assure it goes to the right account. Please mail to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL. 61744.  Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners).  This means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.  Lifesong is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible.

Thank you for your prayers and for so many of you who have already so generously given! 
Blessings,

Ron and Michelle

 

Waiting

As I have struggled with the longing for our sons to be home, I have had to ask myself, what is it I truly long for? If I believe God is omniscient, which I do. If I believe God is omnipotent, which I do. If I believe He is merciful and just, which I do. If I believe God is kind, which I do. If I believe God is sovereign, which I do….then I must trust He is in control. He must be doing something in our hearts during this waiting time. He is perfecting us….He is preparing us…He is showing us Himself, preparing to be Glorified. To trust and rest in Him in this waiting has been a test for me. To truly be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition present our requests to Him, and allow Him to fill us with the peace that passeth understanding. And yet, to still pray every day with faith that I will see that email! 
I found the scripture that has helped me so much with this. Romans 8:23 says “And not only this, but also we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” I was floored when I read this! Oh! How we long for our children to be home, and yet our own spirit’s long for our position as sons to be complete. We long deep in our soul for that last “step” in our adoption as sons! We can all so relate to this now! He is enough. As we ache for our children, and rightly so….for He is father to the Fatherless! We also ache for Him. May Jesus fill us today.