Posts Tagged ‘adoption’
In February, 2016, the DRC released the first of what was to be several small lists of families being given permission to bring their children home. We were so thankful to be on that first list, although it seemed our case was still not moving forward well. So, we decided to travel to Kinshasa, and do everything we could in person. We ended up staying a bit longer than anticipated, and missed Easter at home, but in the end – it was so worth it. Two and a half weeks after arriving, we came home to unite our family – finally and wholly together.
Thank you, Jesus.
Our prayers continue for the many, many families still waiting to bring their children home from the DRC. Some progress has been made, but it continues that children who already have families and homes are not being allowed to travel to join them. We pray that VERY SOON, all of these children will be forever united with their families.
We also pray for the DRC, and for all that God is up to in their midst. Political transitions, empowering the people, and inspiring new creation paths for the future Congolese – God is doing a new thing…
Ps. Posting this early here, so you don’t get bored of my writing and miss it. My wife got me an incredible new microphone (Blue – Snowball) for Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to try it. So I whipped up a quick spoken word yesterday and put it online so others could hear it. Check it out if you’re brave, and share it with others if you like it!
I suppose it’s about time for an update. We continue to wait, and pray desperately for a miracle to help bring our daughter home from the DRC. No incredibly miraculous updates there, other than the blessing of knowing she has just celebrated Christmas in a home with a family for the first time in her life. The pictures of her beautiful smile, and stories of her visiting sick children in the hospital to help them smile warm this fathers heart.
It’s also worth noting, I’ve completed my first year of Seminary!!! Whoo hooo!! I’m 1/3 of the way toward my MDIV degree at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. What is an MDIV? (I get asked this often.) My response is usually, “I want to be a better pastor. To improve how I serve God, my family, my community, and my church. The classes for this MDIV are basically examining the various facets involved in pursuit of such a goal. So far I’ve also realized I’m not a horrible student anymore. Somewhere along the way, my nerd genes were activated, and like a mutant whose powers have only just begun to show – I’m more than a little excited. Not because it helps me get A’s, (though those are each worth free tokens at Chuck E. Cheese), but because it’s legitimately improving the wealth of wisdom, understanding, and academia I draw from in the moment to moment serving who I serve where I serve. I’m loving it.
Looking forward to the year ahead. Throughout my spiritual formation course lately, I’m reminded of my extroversion, and desire to craft words together in a way that connects with others. So be watching out for plenty more posts, and spoken words in the months to come. Thanks for reading!
What is something you’re looking forward to/hoping for 2016?
I realize I’ve not written much in the past few months. I started my masters’ degree this past January, and with the adoption journey being a roller coaster of emotions – it’s hard to know what to say during the few moments I have to say it. I’m certainly still writing, but most of it is in the form of papers at the moment.
One of my recent assignments for a “Spiritual Formation” class was to illustrate a prayer request. So I made a video about our adoption journey. It ended up being tougher for me to even watch than I thought, because it’s a bit emotional. But I’m proud of how it came out. It’s been on YouTube less than 2 days, and already has almost 1,000 views – so I figured I should probably share it with my mom and the few other readers that are still here. 🙂
Thanks so much for your continued prayers and encouragement…
There is a stifling silence in carrying a burden, a weight so uncertain and hurting,
In search of a balm, we check the Psalms, and we learn that in turn,
these struggles that rock our home
Can become our megaphone.
Because it’s hard, and we’re not alone.
Our scars run deep, and to the bone. It seems like evil is on the throne,
runs the show, and even though we know there’s something greater,
it always seems like later – never now.
Never knowing how we’ll make it to tomorrow, but the sun comes up again.
And I guess that means we’re doing well, even though sometimes it just feels like we’re surviving.
For some, that’s the extent of thriving.
When driving rain comes faster than the wipers can clear a path.
The aftermath, sometimes silent, can come in violent waves unexpected
Of hope rejected, knowing sometimes there’s more dark before the dawn.
And if this was a song, it’d go on for sometime, before the key would change.
If an honest poem, more turning of the page, before the stage were reset,
The dim lights begin to raise, because there are better days ahead,
the field is not dead,
In fact, there is wheat growing among the weeds, some seeds of hope that cannot be rejected.
Knowing what’s expected, is not etched in stone, evil is not on the throne,
no matter how much sway it may seem to hold. Our whispers grow bold,
as we gather our broken bones, and cry out to the throne –
Lord Come. We need you.
Our arms are growing weary, and we need you.
Our eyes have grown bleary from the tears, over years and Lord we need you.
The blisters on our road-scarred feet scream for us to retreat, and we need you.
Our children look to us for answers we cannot provide,
and so with arms stretched wide we confide – Lord – we need you.
There is no other ear that even comes near to hearing our stifled voices,
choices all around us for ways to avoid this feeling of burden
A burden so certain and so heavy we want to find relief,
yet so infused to our hearts that we cannot put it down.
Clever words fail, and so we wet sail on uncharted waters
Praying the one who walks on water, the one who saves,
will be with us to calm the waves.
I know, you’re probably sick of hearing about it by now. But here’s the official music video to go with our song, complete with links to purchase the song or donate to our adoption if you’d like!!
Our newest fundraiser is releasing a song I wrote a long time ago when we first began this adoption journey. Not knowing anything about our daughter, and not many tangible ways to connect with the process of adoption at that point, I wrote. A while later, my wife’s brother helped me record and develop the song a bit more. I’m incredibly thankful for his help, and everyone who’s helped as we’ve waited and prayed. We continue to look forward to what God has in store!
I’ve written about the song itself before, but here are the notes officially listed with the song, where you can purchase it on CD BABY.COM!! (Feel free to share any of the links on this site with friends and family and even enemies who you think might enjoy it! Every dollar helps us to bring her home!!)
“This song was written as my wife and I began the adoption process of a precious little girl. Over three years into the process, we continue to wait and pray patiently. We hope this will also help with our fund-raising efforts.
The heart of the song connects with parents everywhere who want to reach out in love to a child in need of a home and family. Whether that child is nearby, or separated by oceans, they deserve to know they are loved. It also connects with the heart of a God who has promised we will not be left as orphans ourselves.
Even as the song cries out, “Bring You Where I Am”, the emphasis is not so much on physical location, as it is a yearning to bring the child near. The heart of a parent who wants to hold a child, one who needs to be held, in their arms. This is God’s heart for humanity, and He has promised He will return to make all things new. Our lives are to echo that love, and reveal that heart of God to a humanity that often forgets our identity as “Beloved Child”…
Words & Melody by: Wick Anderson
Vocals by: Wick Anderson and Sarah Anderson
Children speaking: Addie, Sophie, and Ruby Anderson
Produced by: Nathanael Nicol
Acoustic Guitar by: Joel Cheatham
Mixed by: Chad Cuttill
Thanks for your time, prayers, and support!! If you love the song, PLEASE post a positive review wherever you purchased it from!! If you hate the song, and would rather listen to a loofa stuck in a garbage disposal – send the link to everyone you despise…together we can make them miserable. 🙂