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. 

 

Max’s Bake Sale

 

Thank you Max

One of the most amazing things that has happened through this adoption is the many wonderful stories that have resulted. One of them that is so very special is Max’s bake sale. Max is my friend Tahny’s 10 year old son. Max and his little brother Rudy had their cousins over last week during their spring break and they wanted to have a bake sale.Image

They decided that the cookies and other goodies wouldn’t be priced but people could give what they wanted by donation and only after they told them they are raising money for 4 brothers that are coming to America from Haiti! One lady gave $10 just for a rice krispie! She was so touched by what they were doing. Max wants to do this all summer for our family! Tahny said they raised $50 in two hours! Now if you know Tahny and have ever tasted her food, it is no surprise! She is a wonderful caterer. Here is Tahny’s Blog.  She made food for us after Ella Joy was born and it was delicious!

   How so very sweet that this young man thought of our sons and helping us on this journey and wants to have several more bake sales this summer to support our adoption! These are the things that the Lord is doing. Max, thank you so much.  And thank you to Rudy, Dean, Sophia and Joey for helping!  I know Jesus is smiling down on you, what amazing things He has planned for you as you follow Him! Thanks for thinking of these four precious boys…and helping  them to  someday soon get to come home to their forever family. I can’t wait for them to meet you!

P.S. Max is the one at the far right of the picture!  Rudy, his little brother is in the hat, his cousins are Joey, standing, Dean kneeling and Sophia who helped with this sale!  

   Blessings and Thank you!

The Schaffner Family

 

 

The Father’s Best

What does our Father want for us?  I found the answer to this question in my Bible reading in John this week quite remarkable.

 His desire for us is that His Joy be in us, and our joy complete!  Imagine….the God of the Universe wants His joy to be in us!  I mean who could top the joy of an omniscient, omnipotent, all loving God!  I am wanting some of that JOY!  He wants to make sure we don’t miss one part…COMPLETE JOY!  Why do I so reluctantly obey?  Or why do I question his direction?  I don’t want anything less than His joy,complete joy! 

 

John 14:9-12

 

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

 

It seems so simple….yet in actuality it is difficult….He loves us, stay in His love, obey his commands, love one another, Joy abundant and complete…

For me, I know part of the time I miss this when I don’t make the time for Him….then I miss His instructions for the day.  Or I take time with Him but then do my own thing, or I don’t take His commands to heart…like “don’t worry about tomorrow.”  Lately, I have just had to tell myself, “Is it tomorrow? Then don’t worry about it!”  I know that when we I get in God’s word His commands become more prominent, thus enabling me to obey and remain in His love yielding joy.  

 

What do you think keeps you from this joy?