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

 

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. 

 

Immediate Need

We received this information today from America World:

A few orphanages have been put on our radar that have children that haven’t eaten in several days due to lack of food and money to buy food. America World (me really) is feeling called to create a sort of food pantry at the guesthouse so we are equipped to provide interim relief for these orphanages while they work on getting a solid support system in place. We want to have a fund readily available to purchase rice and beans and meat for orphanages in need – not really a pantry full of food to distribute.
All kids in Haiti regardless of whether or not they are adoptable deserve to have at least one meal (preferably 3) a day. Please look out for more information about this fund in the next week or so.
There is an immediate need – an orphanage full of kids that have not eaten in 4 days and a second orphanage that has similar struggles. We are still trying to lock down information. Aimee and Tim delivered some MANA to both orphanages to help fortify their diet but we feel the need to do more. We are cutting back on a few things at the guesthouse to meet this immediate need. If you are ready and willing to help immediately, please send me an email. All donations are tax deductible. – Thanks all!

If you would like to send 5 or 10 dollars to America World to help with this immediate need please follow these instructions for your tax deductible gift:

Please go to this link to donate:https://www.awaa.org/give/general_donation.aspx
Be sure to choose “General Donation” in the designed fund drop down menu. Additionally, please write in the notes section that the donation is for the Haiti Food Pantry Fund. Thank so much! 100% of your donation will go to buying food for the children.

And the Lord bless you.

New International Version
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

 

 
 

He is Faithful

We had a huge praise this week. We found out on Tuesday that we got a $3000. grant from Katelyn’s Fund ! This was the one we had the Skype interview for. It is an amazing organization. Go check it out: http://www.katelynsfund.org/our-story/our-vision .One of the main facets of their ministry is that they pray for you. They prayed with us on the night of the Skype interview for about 10-15 minutes, I was in tears when we were done!

We also are set for bunk beds now.  

We received new pictures and new updates on the boys! We can’t wait until we can show you our sons!   Continue to pray for them for their precious hearts and all the adjustments that will have to be made for our family to become one.

There is a spiritual battle….and we have been told by many who have adopted that is gets fierce when you are willing to adopt…the enemy does not want this to happen. Please pray that we would be strong in the Lord and fight the good fight of faith.

I was greatly encouraged in my Bible reading this week from the book of Jeremiah. He is a prophet who is warning the people of idolatry. Idolatry can come in many forms as I am learning both from the word and from real life. The idol of control is surely one that is a battle for me..but a false illusion for sure. If I just keep my eyes on Jesus moment by moment throughout the day, while stressors come and go, some things work out, some don’t….I have the joy of walking and living in His presence. I have the peace of knowing that “He Leadeth me.” This is where I want to be, even though it means some days my to do lists don’t even get one thing checked off. His to do lists must be much better!

Jeremiah 9:23-24

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.

Today I boast in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He alone is worthy to be on the throne.

Many Blessings,

Michelle