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February 11, 2009

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Ann

Kerry,
So sorry it was a hard trip, but so glad God used you. Please know I continue to pray for you. Thank you for your love and compassion for these little ones.
Praying--Ann

Diane

Hi Kerry and travel buddies:)

Welcome Home!!! I, again, just want to shout out a big THANK YOU ALL for sharing your journey with all. I have truly felt your hearts and love for the children you were witnessing to. I pray God use your days with His children in a mighty powerful way....I'm sure He will!!!

I want to say thanks so much for going to the effort of blogging while on your journey. I believe it is through your sharing, the retelling of your days with the orphan that those who may not know or understand may catch a glimpse into what the day was like. I can only tell you thank you for sharing so much of yourselves on this journey.

I was also moved by your description of landing the plane, I believe it may have been on the side of the mountain....uh, YIKES!!!!!....but, you all still got on that plane even though the fear was present. Thanks so much for walking right through that nasty old fear!!! You guys are the best:)!!!!

Again...welcome home, enjoy your time with your families....how very blessed we are to know the love of Family !!!! Thank you for sharing with the orphan that they stand TALL in the Family of Christ....

Sweet Joni

Thank you for taking the time to 'explain' the issues that surround orphans there... I'd had no idea! And thank you so much for allowing God to work through you providing a link to "Love Link" Each new day seems to bring me closer & closer to 'my calling' if that is God's Will...

Your sharing is such a teaching/learning experience! :-)
~Joni

Patty Smith

Kerry,
Praise God for you and people like you who are willing to step out of the comforts of home and defend the fatherless. What an amazing and exhausting trip.
This story reminds me a bit of my friends who a few weeks ago was in China adopting a 3yr old. They visited the orphanage of one of the other families children and lets just say it was overwhelming what they saw. The dad said he looked around at all these children and for a moment thought "Lord which one of these children do you not care to save?" but in the same thought was remembering that God loves and cares for ALL of them, not one of them is unknown to God and it is our job as christians to do God's work in this, He has a plan for the orphan---WE are the plan for the orphan. It can be so overwhelming if you look at the entire scope of the issue, but one by one we truly can make a difference.

And don't worry for a second about Maya's regressing in the potty training!! In the overall scheme of all the parenting you will do, this is such a very small thing. She'll get it eventually. I keep saying this about my almost 6yr old..........who still doesn't sleep all night.....she can't possibly do this forever?!!!

Caroline Salehi

Thank you Lord Jesus, who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Thank you Kerry for obeying and living His call. I pray the Living Word bears fruit of its kind in my heart. Love Caroline.

Claudine Thompson

Thank you for allowing the Lord to work so freely in your life. Every time I read one of your blogs or, at present, one of your "Show Hope" devotionals, I think you've been living in my heart all these years. I didn't even know there was a God until my senior year in high school. It took five years of God's drawing until I responded. I truly was so ignorant spiritually. I didn't even know Genesis was a book in the Bible -- only a rock group. The Lord immediately put missions and orphans on my heart, but He also placed babies in my womb. I've never been on a mission trip or started an orphanage as I had hoped. My mission field was and is at present w/in my own 4 walls, w/ my husband & 4 children. I've had 3 miscarriages so I anticipate a wonderful reunion one day. Your contentment blog really hit me. Am I again still longing for those "other fields" more than the precious one I'm already in? I could literally comment on every blog, every devotional, but, as you can see, it would be quite a lengthy process. From these words of yours though and the brief talk we shared at SH in Nov, I feel like I could just pull up a chair & share & pray & talk for days @ the Lord, His Word, & His heart for "the least." You have truly impacted my life. I am 4ever grateful. Blessings always to you & yours. "Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly MORE..."

Tricia

Dear Kerry - I have prayed for you often over these days. I pray that God will comfort you in your pain adn that your sorrow and mourning will flee away. I know that since we have adopted two children, God has ripped my heart out for all those who remain orphans. It has become so much a part of my heart and very personal. Thank you for being willing to experience sorrow on behalf of these least. You are indeed so very close to the heart of God as you walk in these places. Tricia

Stephanie

Thank you so much for sharing your heart. We are one of those families in the "dark abyss" of a complicated adoption process, not with El Salvador but with Haiti. I appreciated your godly perspective on something so very difficult, and especially this reminder when "in the flesh" I sometimes find myself wishing otherwise:

"But because I could not and would not strive to manipulate in this way because this is NOT the place of God's blessing."

God bless,
Stephanie
http://iansadoption.blogspot.com

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