As you can see I have not posted anything to my blog since the first of the month. I have thought about it, but there has not been enough time in the day or night to blog and do all the other things I believe should come before I journal about my life experiences. I think some bloggers create postings and maybe save them for another day, unfortunately I don’t have a library full of un-posted entries to share, at least not yet.
Many of you know that Charles and I attended a “boot camp” for training on how to raise 100% full support for Christian ministry in Birmingham last week. Let me stop here and make a comment or two about my husband. Throughout this entire process…my returning to college in 2000, my transferring to Gardner-Webb in 2003, my commuting to GWU for over 5 years, God’s calling me to “coordinate the adoption of deaf orphans in the world”, my seeking to fulfill that call whatever the cost…my husband, Charles Lloyd, has been fully supportive. When his schedule permits he joins me at meetings and conferences. He joined me in Liberia for two weeks, last year. Often he can accept what God is leading me to do even before I can. This is such a gift and I refuse to take it for granted! Back to “boot camp”. Not only was our connection to this 2-day training led by God, but He also gave us three God-connections during those 18 hours of camp.
The first came during a short break when Charles introduced himself to the couple sitting behind us. By the way, there were approximately 75 recruits at this boot camp and probably 15 different ministries in attendance; FCA leaders represented the largest group. This was a young couple and the wife was Asian decent. Her background is speech therapy and she had recently completed her degree in Maine. She was very interested in hearing more about Signs for Hope. We shared dinner with this couple the last day of camp. The wife had been saved in China during college. She shared how God’s Holy Spirit is moving unhindered among the Chinese. Her husband has been involved in that moving for several years and they are training and preparing to return to China soon. I don’t know how God plans to use this connection to China, but I now know a Chinese speech therapist who has a heart for helping those who cannot speak clearly in knowing and accepting Jesus as their Savior. Only He knows His plans for this God-connection!
The third God-connection came during our working lunch on the second day of camp. Each individual or couple was randomly matched with another individual or couple to practice the presentations we had learned for face-to-face meetings seeking full-support raising. We were matched with Steve. Steve has worked with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) for a couple of decades and he is currently in the Nashville, TN area. After we began sharing some of who we were, Steve shared that his wife was from Knoxville, TN. Both Charles and I are from Knoxville and still have family there. Their second daughter is in the process of adopting from Ethiopia, and their youngest daughter had been a dorm parent at the Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) in Knoxville during college. I quickly told Steve that the football field at TSD is named in honor of my Deaf grandfather and that both my grandmother and grandfather taught there many years. Steve finished his story by saying that he and his wife had been invited to visit the uniquely built Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church, located just south of Nashville, and that they had so enjoyed worshiping with the Deaf there. I have been there several times over the past decade.
What? How could this be? Of all people in that group of 75, how could we be matched with Steve. Adoption and Deaf connections in the same individual! Only He knows His plans for this God-connection!
I won’t go into great detail here because several of the things Herbie shared with us are still not public knowledge. But Lifeline Christian Services’ partner, called (Un)adopted, is developing programs to support orphans in various countries, with their Uganda, Liberia, and China programs possibly including Deaf children in that scope. The family I mentioned earlier, that has adopted four Deaf children, have been a great influence for Lifeline, since three of their Deaf adoptions were facilitated by them and they attend the same church. Herbie shared some key names of officials and ministries in Liberia with me and I pray these individuals and ministries will benefit the work Signs for Hope is currently doing at the Deaf Mission in Liberia, which is an incredible God-connection from 2009. I cannot begin to imagine all this particular God-connection for Signs for Hope will encompass. Only He knows His plans for this God-connection!
I am speechless! I have had the honor to be under Carter Bearden’s teaching in a seminary class and in multiple ASL workshops over the years. Only He knows His plans for this God-connection!
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”