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
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
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.
We found out yesterday that we have received a matching grant from Hand in Hand Christian Adoption Agency. They will match up to $5000 of money we raise. Thank you for your prayers! I know most of you have already given and thank you so much! We will be getting letters around for this grant and continuing to pray for some more to come through.
We also found out another praise. The orphanage where our sons are has an amazing director. Her husband is visiting the IBESR every day to check on the status of their referrals. This is great news and gives us hope that the Lord is working all things together for good! Selfishly, we want them to be home sooner! We will be getting monthly pictures and updates on the boys…which makes it even harder to wait!
Ron and Michelle
Sometimes we have to be creative…Ally went to get her sipper cup of milk and ended up with the fridge handle in her hand! This is what I love about Jesus! He has SO changed my affections for the things of this world…to the things of the next world! I DON’T CARE if I don’t have a cool fridge. My fridge keeps my food cold. That is all I need. The money saved can be used to adopt an orphan! Thank you, Jesus, for changing my heart. You are amazing and so very graceful to me.
This past week the Lord used another situation with one of my children to teach me a lesson. This one was kind of hard. It was book fair week at our elementary school. There is a day for parents to come have lunch with their children, one or two grades a day. I came and had lunch with Anna on Monday. Josh’s day was Friday. We were a little early so we decided to have lunch with Anna again. She came into the lunch room, saw Ally and me, waved, got her milk and sat way across the lunch room at another table. I tried to not feel hurt, I tried to figure that she knew I was there to have lunch with Josh that day….but the truth was, I was crushed. I convinced her to sit with us as Ally would be sad. (Not me, of course) Now, on one hand I realize I am thankful that she is so independent since she nursed for almost 3 years and I was up many a night with her with ear infection and several sets of tubes and finally adenoids out. She was stuck like glue to me for a good five years. They say attachment parenting eventually produces really independent kids! I guess so!
But, the Lord also gave me another picture. I realized that I was Anna. I was the one who walked right by the Lord, choosing not to spend time in prayer and Bible reading. I was the one many days that decided I didn’t need that time with Him. Was He waiting for me? Did He have things He wanted to help me with that day? Was I too busy to notice him, or did I wave and walk by? How could I know how much He loved me? Was He sad that I didn’t want Him? I know He loves me infinitely more than I love my own children, and so I am guessing on those days where I think I need my own wisdom more than His, He does feel disappointed in me. I talked with one of Josh’s friends at lunch and he said if his mom came to lunch he would RUN into her arms! Do I run into Jesus arms at the start of the day? Is it my day? Or is it His day?