Couldn’t have said it better myself!

I have realized the more I follow some truly well-written blogs, the more I want to just direct my friends and family to them!  It isn’t that I do not feel like God has given me a voice of my own, I just sometimes feel like redirecting my own friends and family is the best option.  Let me now redirect you…Jon had an influential mentor with Young Life in high school named Mr. Finley.  Through a series of God orchestrated events, he has caught back up with Mr. Finley and his entire family online recently.  Interestingly enough, the Finleys adopted a daughter from the Ukraine last year.  Mr. Finley’s wife is a wonderful blogger, speaker, and writer who keeps a fantastic blog.  I encourage you to check it out at http://www.finleylifetothefull.com/ 

Back in May, Cindy Finley wrote a post about supporting adoptive families during the adoption process.  I encourage you to click here and read the entire post.  The meat of her advice was to pray, encourage, and serve them because adoption is hard.  I could not agree any more with her advice and her post!  Please read it and take an active role in caring for the orphans.  If you are interested, in addition to our own adoption process, I can tell you about several families who are currently oversees adopting or who are, like us, knee deep in paperwork and waiting. 

We are realizing first hand the paperwork hoops required.  Each time we think we have correctly completed a document, we find out there is a glitch.  Although this can be discouraging to us, we realize that the paperwork is just a minor, albeit important, hurdle to be taken conquered in order to bring home our children from the Ukraine…and we are willing to face any necessary hurdle for our children.

Want to Know More About Ukrainian Adoption?

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard from two different people about a group that is bringing Ukrainian orphans to the U.S. this summer and is in need of host families.  The group is called “Red Line United” and  here’s a snapshot of what this group is doing:

“In Summer 2010, we will be bringing 10-20 children from Jonkoi orphanage in southern Ukraine to spend three weeks living with families in the Raleigh, NC. These orphans will be ages 9-14, an age where it is difficult to impossible to find adoptive familes. The program’s main goal is to expose children to families that may be interested in adoption, and we need your help to find families!”

If you are at all interested in adoption or if you have a heart for providing three-week foster homes for these children, or if you just want to help this organization in their work, click here to learn more about how you can get involved: http://www.redlineunited.org

As a side note, I recently found a link to a blog run by one of my former high school teachers, Bill Finley, and his wife about their adoption experience.  They adopted a little girl from — you guessed it — the Ukraine!  And what makes it even more special — they adopted after having hosted the girl through a program similar to the Red Line United program.  Here’s a link to their story: http://www.finleylifetothefull.com It is truly amazing what God can do when one family agrees to step up and help make a difference!  Are you being asked to help?  Why not prayerfully ask God to speak to you today about it?