Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Ever feel like you're in a season of the Lord's favor? Happily, I'm there! 6 months ago I could not say the same. 6 months ago I was spiritually dark & in a self-centered place. Slowly & faithfully, God has brought me out of the pit & restored my joy, life, hope, & dreams. So much life has happened in my heart this past month- the beginning of Heart for Congo, a referral for 2 boys that need to be adopted, and person after person talking to us about wanting to help orphans. I know that these times ebb & flow from low to high & circle again, but I'm doing all I can while my energy is high & I'm in a season of continuos blessing.

This is what made me move.  I was sitting in church listening to a sermon called Fearless holding us back from pursuing our dreams & 5 excuses people make. The 5th excuse was mine- "Someone else will do it". I've told myself that for years & reasurring myself that:  "I'm a busy mom of 4; that we move too much; that it's impossible during deployments & we should maximize family time in seasons of homecoming;  I've already adopted- isn't that enough?" Needless to stay, during that sermon my heart was stirred...a lot! I knew I needed to step out in faith immediately or I would lose courage.

The next day I created a closed FB group called Heart for Congo. From there, Riley and I have committed to a hard-core year of fundraising to help orphans who have little hope. We will choose projects from Our Family in Africa, a non-profit committed to bringing relief & aid to DRC orphans. And it just so happens these are also the people helping us adopt our two boys. Our first project is to raise $5,000 by the end of Sept. to purchase a solar panel that will provide electricity to an orphanage in Kinshasa. The cool part-- the Heart for Congo FB group has caused so many people to step up & help. It's fantastic! For more info on our fundraising projects, click on the Heart for Congo tab on this blog's home page.

All this to say He is good. He is faithful. In seasons of low & seasons of high, Jesus deserves our continues gratitude.

Daniel 4:
vs 35 "His sovereign rule lasts & lasts, his kingdom never declines & falls. Life on earth doesn't add up to much, but God's heavenly army keeps everything going. No one can interrupt his work, no one can call his rule into question..."

vs 37 "Everything he does is right, & he does it the right way. He knows how to turn a proud person into a humble man or woman."



the indians and pirates said...

It's a huge encouragement to witness this season!

Todd and Tanya Rowenhorst said...

Hi Michelle,

My name is Tanya - I am a friend of Tara Dekkers. She referred me to your blog and I'd love to ask you a few questions. We are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. Our dossier was sent back in early July and we are on a very long waiting list. We just recently heard that they are going to extend the wait time beyond 24 months, though they have not yet announced what it will be. I'm trying not to get discouraged, but also praying if God has something else in mind for our adoption journey. We are going through Bethany currently. I would love to hear more about how you decided to switch to the Congo and the logistics of that process, as well as the agency you switched to. Thanks so much! Love to hear about your heart for Africa and adoption!

Tanya Rowenhorst

My email is