I was sitting in church on October 14, 2012 and totally enjoying Pastor Todd's sermon from the book of Nehemiah entitled "Getting Involved in a Broken World." I was not at all surprised when he referenced Teen Mother Choices (love Christa & God's amazing work through her life!). Pleased, but not too surprised that he went on to mention Safe Families, citing our family along with two other families who have hosted and/or adopted. I knew he had seen the value of this particular program for some time now. BUT...then...Pete and I were totally shocked as he went right into detail about God's plans to move our family to Ethiopia...and our desire to be obedient to keep stepping through the opening doors. http://vcgurnee.org/sermons (Not sure how long it will be on the site...but...you can listen to it here!! Just click on 10/14/2012.)
We were not going to mention anything to the general public until we had an official green flag from the global missions board. I guess we know how our senior pastor feels...and, honestly....it is heartwarming and such a blessing of confirmation.
Next? We complete and submit our formal missionary application to Village Church in order for them to consider us when deciding on financial missions support in the future. We are so blessed with the MANY ways our church has already expressed their desire to support our family on this journey....not just through finances...but through prayer and accountability and counseling and coming alongside the older children who are staying here (and that is HUGE for Mom!).
If your church does not feel like a family, you are really missing out. We feel so loved! Thank you, God, for VCG.
Lori (847) 650-7144
Pete (847) 650-8022
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We are an ordinary family simply trying to follow where He leads. We want YOU to see the amazing things HE is doing...