adoption is.....by brittany newton

Adoption is...

Adoption is so many things all at once...

 

Some days it is back breaking, heart breaking work. Picking these little souls up out of abuse, neglect, trauma. Trying to mend hurting hearts,  broken bodies, damaged spirits. Trying painstakingly slowly to earn trust from a child who has never trusted. The days when love may not be so much a feeling, but instead a decision to love. A decision made over and over again.  Willingly getting into the trenches with these kids and fighting. Fighting not for your life (though sometimes it feels like it) but fighting for their lives. Their physical, and emotional health, their future. Battling the demons from their past hand in hand heart to heart with them. Lending your strength even when you feel you have none left to help them vanquish their fears and insecurities. Always trying to build them up. Starting from the ashes and helping them to be reborn into the child they should have always been free, safe, and loved enough to be. 

 

But then you are given the gift of an easy day ( or days). A break through.  A smile, a sign of affection, little hands reaching out to you for comfort or cuddles. A child suddenly secure enough to play with you and let you toss them in the air or tickle their tummy. Instead of eliciting fear they giggle and smile. These are days when things are easy and amazing and you almost forget this child wasn’t born to you ,  you almost forget all the trauma they have gone through These days are a beautiful rest for all of you.  Days given to bask in the love you have grown for this child. to appreciate them. Their  strength, fortitude, and resilience. Adoption is messy. No matter the situation adoption always begins with trauma. The trauma of a child being separated from their birth mother.  But adoption is also  beautiful and transformative it is living breathing redemption and love.  On these days it feels as if God has torn open the heavens and drenched you in love, and sunshine, and extreme indescribable thankfulness. These days are humbling. These days will bring you to your knees praising god for the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that have made these days possible. These days you tell God “ Ok Lord I can take more. I know a week ago I told you I was too weak and too tired and not qualified for this job. Now I see it is a blessing not a job. Now I understand a little more of what you are doing here. Through you, with your guidance and strength we can do this. I’m ready for more” And a funny thing happens… you realize God is not only growing and redeeming your adopted child he is growing and redeeming you. Really he is growing and redeeming your whole family. He is softening hearts, teaching real true sacrificial love to you, your spouse, and your biological children. He is showing you the joy in sacrifice. 

 

And he is there every sleepless night, tube feeding, medication, hospitalization, surgery, meltdown, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. The weeping while your child is rejecting you. He is there carrying you through and using these situations to bring about good things. 

 

This is why I choose hard instead of easy. These lessons, and this growth.  This sweet, perfectly made, amazing little girl grinning at me. I will choose crazy and hard every day over for this little girl. She is worth it.

jeremy affeldt | men's night

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Jeremy invited all the men out to the Men's Night at Victory Faith Friday November 1st. If you are interested in going out with us shoot David a message for details. 

Friday November 1st
7:00pm
Victory Faith * 2024 N Argonne Road

 

 

 

transformative grace...devotionals from the emmaus community

as we study the book of 2nd peter on sunday mornings we have had different people from our community to share their thoughts on different passages...you can click here to download the pdf version. 

we also have different groups that are meeting throughout the week to discuss these teachings, if you would like to participate please e-mail david and he will get you connected with one. 

aftermath...experiencing the implications of the resurrection

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Sundays in April & May

When considering if Christianity is true, it all boils down to whether Jesus rose from the dead. A Christian is someone who believes in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ and lives in light of the implications of that event. Without Jesus’ resurrection there is no good news at all. Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed. The first question we all must answer is…did Jesus rise from the dead? If our answer to that is yes then we must answer a second and equally important question…what are the implications of his resurrection?

If Jesus did indeed rise from the dead it changes everything. The resurrection is not just about eternity or something we only benefit from in the future. God wants us not just to believe in Jesus’ resurrection but to be transformed by it and to receive the power we need to live the way we know we ought. We often neglect this truth and because of that many Christians have a meager expectation of the extent to which we can today experience resurrection life and victory over sin.

gardening

In simple humility, let our gardener God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. James 1: ~21

Are you the kind of person that finds spiritual fulfillment from cultivating earth? Maybe you just like to have dirt underneath your fingernails. Or perhaps you just want to find out what color your thumb is.

No matter your reason, this is an opportunity learn and find community with a group of people with similar interest. Here, you will find help from others to set up your own garden, as well as help take care of the small plot in the front of Emmaus. Our goal has two main points.

  1. find a group of gardeners and those interested in gardening to help maintain the small plot in front of Emmaus
  2. develop a network of gardeners and those interested in gardening to help one another cultivate their own crops, whether at home or in a community garden

Join us on Wednesday, February 27th at 6PM here at Emmaus to learn more and get connected with those who share in a similar goal.

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Contact Ted Means with any questions...ted.means@gmail.com

january, psalm 23, churches in spokane...

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Each January we join with other churches around Spokane and engage a passage from the Bible. Each week the pastors from those communities meet to discuss the text and work through a general outline for preaching. This discussion is very rich and informative as we come from varied backgrounds. This year we are going to engage these communities in a few different ways. The first of which is 5 days of prayer, where for the week of Jan 7th-11th a different church will be hosting a night of prayer that all are welcome to attend. We are hopeful for great connectedness within the body of Christ.

Also at Emmaus we will be spending a little bit of time each Sunday learning about and praying for these different communities that we are connected with. Check back throughout the month to see more details about each of these local communities.

macee baker

We had Macee Baker back with us today after spending 3 months studying in Costa Rica. It was exciting to hear how God has been shaping her life and her next steps into an internship with Krochet Kids Int. This is something that she has dreamed of for a long time and our community is so excited to send her out to Peru for the next 6 months. You can listen to her story below as well as find some great links about her story as well as Krochet Kids Videos.

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eddie & kim collins

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Eddie and Kim shared their last sunday as a part of our community at Emmaus. Their story of struggle, brokeness, and redemption is amazing. Although we will miss them we are so happy to be sending them out to Post Falls to be on Mission for God. Eddie is now working at UGM Women's Shelter in Cd'a Idaho.

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richard nyambura

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Richard came to Spokane from the Dream Home Orphanage over 2 years ago. He shared his story with us today at Emmaus. You can listen below, read about dream home, or click on the link to find out more.

Dream Orphanage was started by Rachel and Stephen Gichia and it's located about 25 miles from Nairobi, Kenya. In 2004, Rachel was led to begin this home, as she had a passion for little kids.   Many parents had died of AIDS leaving their children orphaned. This really touched her and she started by bringing in a child who lived with her single mom and grandmother. In Dec 2004, she came to my home and after seeing our living situation, she brought us to Dream Home and that is when she decided to have more kids at the orphanage. By the end 2005, there were about 20 kids residing in the Gichia's homestead after she was registered with the ministry of Home Affairs in Kenya.

The home now has about 55 kids and counting, from kindergarten through seniors in high school. Emmaus has been contributing towards Dream Orphanage since 2010. Most of the money that  Emmaus and the Day's send goes to feeding the kids, schooling, utilities and some other miscellaneous expenses.  The primary goal of the orphanage is to restore hope and provide basic needs to orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. Dream Children’s Home takes care of destitute, orphaned and abandoned children. Among the objectives are to rehabilitate the children with interpersonal development skills through education, medical care, building of their self-esteem and social living skills, and create an environment of self-sustainment.

Dream Home Orphanage

keli rowe

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As of Oct. 15, 2012, there were 7,847 children living in foster care in Washington, and 1,623 of those have legally lost their parents forever.

We were honored to be able to share in Keli's story here at Emmaus. You can find the Rowe's blog here and below you can find some links with more information on how to support and get involved with foster care. 

Fostering Together

CASA

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november...adoption awareness month

National Adoption Awareness month is upon us! Orphan Sunday is on November 4th  and November 16th is National Adoption Day, in Washington (November 17th in other states).  I would love to hear the things you are planning to highlight adoption.  It is not too late to organize something.  There are several easy things you can do all month long to bring awareness of the orphan throughout the world.

  • Invite a family who is in the process of adoption or has adopted to speak(I have families who are open to speaking at your church as well. 
  • Fundraise for an orphanage across seas. 
  • Find out what needs Sally’s house (affiliated with Salvation Army) has this upcoming Christmas season.
  • Collect items for families so they can get foster licensed

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Adoption/Orphan Statistics

  • In 2011  1,676 children were adopted from foster care through DSHS Children's Administration
  • On national adoption day 2011, 168 children found forever families on this one day!
  • Last year there were 1,574 (466 in the greater Spokane area) Washington children waiting to be adopted.
  • There are roughly 900 foster children on any given day in Spokane County
  • Approximately 9,800 children in the Washington foster care system
  • Approximately 400 children turned 18 and never found a permanent adoptive home.
  • Approximately 400,000 children in foster care in the US
  • Approximately 100,000 children waiting to be adopted in the US
  • 143 million orphans world wide
  • 87.6 orphans in Asia