"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Positive Protest Post

I got an email originally from the CEO of Children's HopeChest that asked for those who are upset about the movie, Orphan, to write a positive post about how their lives have been changed by an orphan or adoption.
I started writing that post, and whew! It will take an eternity to write that all out! You know I could go on and on about these 3 that have blessed me beyond words!
So, I decided to share something that's been on my heart the last 6 months or so. And to think that this movie made me sad enough to take the plunge! Just look at all the positive things that are coming out of that poopy movie!

I can hardly contain my excitement.

I am pretty sure its probably annoying my family how giddy I am about what's going on in my heart.
(This is Sadie just as excited about this as I am!)

Tomorrow night there are about 12 girls that are going to meet about the possibility of starting an adoption ministry at our church! Seriously, I could scream it every time I talk about it...I am THAT excited!

If you haven't heard of an adoption ministry before, then let me explain what I am dreaming. As a church, we would follow Christ in His call for us to care for the fatherless. There are so many ways that this could pan out. But I am thinking in every way possible we can support, encourage and educate those looking to adopt (international or domestic) or foster. There are LOTS of churches out there already doing this. This does not mean we are going to become or start an agency (lots of people have asked that).
We have received a TON of support from the Adopt(ed) ministry out of Tulsa. Please check out their blog linked to the right to see what they have been doing for over 2 years! It's INCREDIBLE the vision they have. Sometimes it scares me to look at what they are doing because I think, "There is just no way I can do this or have time to do this!" But then I remember this is not about me doing anything. This is about me being willing. This is not about me being able. I will never be able enough, but HE is able to use me as broken and nutty as I am. This is about me knowing that God has given me an unquenchable passion for adoption. He's placed that in my heart for some reason and so I am choosing to do something about it.
So if you live anywhere close to us (OKC) or even in the state please know that you are welcome to join us as we explore what God is calling us to. We have no idea how our church is going to receive this, but are praying that God is moving in the hearts of our staff and elders. If you are even thinking this is something you would like to know more about please check out the Adopt(ed) blog as they are doing a fundraiser for their ministry in Tulsa. They are hoping to share their ministry plan with other churches who are considering starting adoption ministries!
So this is my protest to the movie...we are going to start a ministry to encourage adoption and fostering!


Charissa said...

Oooh, I am excited. I have said from the beginning, if an orphan ministry is going to be successful, it has to be run by the women! (No offense to the men). It sounds like you are off to a great start. FYI I attended the Christian Alliance for Orphans a few months ago and was inspired by how many churches were coming together for the cause of the orphan. Consider a girls' weekend in Minnesota (I think?) next year for the next one!

Chassidy said...

Go Molly Go! This is incredible and I can't wait to see the awesome things God has in store for this ministry!

mom2many said...

Well, that's a great way to protest! I love it! Can't wait to see what God has in store for you and your new ministry!

aimee said...

WOW Molly!!! I am so excited for you, and what God is doing through you. I have been praying about getting an adoption ministry started in our church as well. I would love to maybe come to some of your meetings, just to get an idea of where to start. I will definately be praying for you and everyone involved.

I would still really love to come to your transracial playgroup. I know it would be great for my girls! I also just found out I think you live in the same neighborhood as my brother! Small world :)

Please e-mail me if there is any way I can help you in your new ministry venture and also about your playgroup!


Kristy said...

I was ready for the annoucement of number four, but this is just as exciting what a great ministry it will be!!!

Julie said...

Girl, you astound me! What a wonderful advocate for adoption you are! You rock! It is so cool how God provides exactly what you need at just the right time, I know He will do exactly that for you! Step out and trust Him, He will not disappoint!

I will be praying for you, how very cool! Great job on the t.v. the other day!

Love you,

Jeremy and Melanie said...

Molly! I am so excited to hear how everything goes tonight! Please keep me informed. My mom has a meeting out of town so isn't going to be able to be there, but she definitely wanted to know how she could help

Lisa said...

Great work you continue to do. I was glad to connect with Charissa, our kids use the same O.T here in Tulsa, and she is the one that connected us. What a small world? I have placed a call to Crisis Outreach, and I will be calling EAC this week, we are ready to move forward with gaining another Meacham memeber. Seems like a great time!!!!