Tonight was a fabulous night to hang out with friends, to talk, play games, eat food and laugh AND to bless a family and little girl we may never meet and advance the kingdom of God!!
Tonight was my adoption party. Just to remind you, the idea for the adoption party was started by the writer of this blog http://momentswithlove.blogspot.com/, a lady who has a heart for the justice of God and has a heart for the orphan. She had an idea that if 150 people had a party where they invited 9 people and that the 10 people at the party donated $20 each (at total of $200); we could raise $30,000 which would be the majority of the cost of the adoption of this little girl:
Beautiful little Anika. She is from Eastern Europe and is HIV positive. When Love first came up with the party fundraiser idea Anika didn't have a family yet BUT in just a few short weeks Anika's family found her. In fact they had met Anika once before in February 2011 but their adoption request was refused at time. When they saw the tweets, blog posts, facebook messages about fundraisers for a little girl on the Reece's Rainbow website, they decided to check it out and saw it was the little girl they had tried to adopt earlier this year. So, they prayed and decided to try again. AND GOD IS MOVING MOUNTAINS!!! They are in the process of adopting her now.
It is so fun to be a part of this story even in just a small way. To know that God is not hindered by space, time country boundaries or country rules. It is so amazing to think that I can be in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, and be a part of something that will have an eternal impact on a little girl from Eastern Europe and a family from the USofA just by praying, hanging out with friends and giving a little bit of our finances away. It is just good plain fun I tell you!!
If you were not able to make it to the party tonight but would still like to make a donation, you can do so here http://reecesrainbow.org/sponsorfreeland You can also read the family's whole story there and get a link to the mom's blog to follow their story in more detail by clicking the link I just gave you.
Thanks to everyone who came tonight and donated it was great fun to hang out with you and to mash that donation button and see Anika's adoption fund go up to $3198.00 after our donation. I can't wait to see how God will move and bring the rest of the finances that this family needs and how He brings her home to her family!