"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Phil. 3:20
We had so much fun preparing for Eben and Joel's homecoming. We picked out as many shirts with soccer balls as we could find. We bought toys we hoped they would like. We purchased the softest blankets we could find. We desperately want them to know that they were "Home" and home was a wonderful place to be.
One day as I was folding their clothes to put into their drawers I was reminded of the Scripture in John 14:2 which says, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."
What a beautiful promise Jesus left us with. What an encouragement and what an inspiration for the hard times Jesus knew we would endure.
Jesus is so awesome that He is preparing a place for each one of His children. I did not know that Eben's favorite color is yellow and Joel's favorite color was green before they arrived home, but Jesus knew. I didn't know that Eben hates oatmeal and Joel hates watermelon, but Jesus knew. He knew, and He knows and He is preparing a place for each one of His Children.. a perfect place made by the Perfect One.
There are days and times that I especially long for heaven. When I read about Darfur.. I long for heaven. When I read about the food crisis in Ethiopia.. I long for heaven. When I heard the news of Steven Curtis Chapman's dear precious daughter... I longed for heaven.
The Bible tells us that this world is not our home and that we are only passing through. I can't wait to meet Jesus face to face and I can't wait to be in a place where there is no sin. A place where I will be free from sinning and where there is no evil being done. A place where there are no good-byes, no tears, no hunger, no disease, and no evil...
Evil. There is evil in this world. People we love dearly were victims of evil last night. Armed men attacked the orphanage where Eben and Joel lived. An innocent and incredibly brave woman ( A woman my boys call Auntie Esther) was brutally and repeatedly raped and others were traumatized.. including children. A horrific crime was committed against them. What kind of men would hurt defenseless women and orphaned children? Depraved men who need the Lord.
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 10: 18 That God executes justice for the orphan. I pray that these men will turn to Christ and seek forgiveness for what they have done.
Our fervent prayers are with the victims. Esther who was so brave and sacrificed herself to protect the children in her care. I pray for the sweet children who awoke during the attack and who prayed from the men to leave and for them to be forgiven for what they were doing. Oh to have a pure heart like that! I pray for families who are desperate to get their children home. I pray for the workers who lived through the horror. I pray for the program director Anita (Please visit her Blog and give her a word of encouragement as she travels this Sat. to minister to the children and Aunties) whose heart is for all of those at Eban House ..So many hearts broken and so many needs. Jesus is more than able to bring hope and healing to the Aunties, the children, and the families.
Today we are longing for heaven. We are grieving with our Eban House Family, and we are believing God will bring restoration and hope and blessed peace.
Please pray for healing for all involved. Pray that the valuable resources that were taken will be replaced.
AAI has set up a fund to help Auntie Esther and to help Eban House. If you feel led you can go to adoptionadvocates.org and click on "Donate Now" then click on Eban House or Esther to direct your proceeds.