This past weekend we were able to attend a graduation party for the daughter of some good family friends of ours. I had talked with the mom earlier in the week and told her that we wanted to make Emma a special necklace. The necklace you see pictured is the result of our conversation and we couldn’t love it more. Let me tell you a little bit about Emma and her family.
A couple summers ago Emma went on a mission trip to China and worked in an orphanage there. While she was there, one little girl captured her heart, and when Emma returned home she approached her parents about adopting little Mia. “One at a time” Emma thought. We can be overwhelmed when we hear the number of orphans in our world, and yet, the only way to change it is one at a time. Emma’s dream became her parents dream too in time and they set out to adopt this special little girl. As they began the adoption process, they were faced with roadblock after roadblock. At one point, it looked like they would not be able to adopt Mia and so they began pursuing another little girl to adopt in China. Well, in God’s perfect plan, the barriers were lifted to adopt Mia, and this family was now adopting TWO little girls at the same time! Here is a picture of Emma with the two girls…
This story moves me in two ways. One… to see a young girl want to change the story of orphans and to see them in families. Two…that our friends were willing to listen to their daughter’s dream and have it become their own. When I saw their Christmas card this year, I couldn’t help the tears from streaming down my face. Aren’t they beautiful?I love how God makes family in all different ways. They were willing to set aside their worldly dreams and desires and instead chose to adopt these precious girls.
This family now has six children from ages eighteen to four. Emma, and her 16-yr-old sister, Maddie, are going back to China this summer for over a month to work in an orphanage devoted to children with Brittle Bone Disease. With some of the children they even have to be careful on how they pick them up and hold them as their bones can break that easily. It is so inspiring to me to see the hearts of Emma and Maddie…when most teenage girls are only concerned about boys, tanning and the next party, they are serving “the least of these”. James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is this, to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
We have decided to offer this necklace on our website and donate $5.00 for every adoption necklace sold to “The Jeremiah Project“, an organization devoted to helping families financially to adopt. Check out the necklace here.
One at a time. We have the power to help change people’s stories. Where do you feel called to serve? Who is your ONE right now?