In January 2018, we packed up and moved from Petrich to Kyustendil. We feel so blessed that we plugged into a mature ministry where we could immediately use our gifts, but also have time and space to observe and learn the culture. This past year also gave us the opportunity to see the community around us with Holy Spirit eyes as we prayed for God to show us our next steps. Your faithful support has been precious to us each step of the way.
January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month
You have probably read or heard heroic stories of women rescued from sexual exploitation. It is, sadly, a reality of our fallen world. More people live in slavery today that any other time in history. The people who are called and equipped to fight on the front lines are courageous; their work in the precious lives of each person they free is critical.
Fighting modern day slavery is not an either / or battle. While the rescuers do their tireless work, we find our place in the area of prevention. Why prevention? We intimately know the damage that sexual exploitation can cause in a person. We know the hopelessness and distrust. We believe that our efforts are worth saving even one girl from living a life of shame. The reality is that 10,000 girls are taken from Bulgaria each year. It is a hidden, shameful secret in this culture.
In 2019, we commit to following God to the difficult places He takes us. He has placed a passion in us to expose the darkness, to educate Bulgarians about the methods and tactics that traffickers use, and to invest in the lives of the vulnerable around us so that she may know how valuable and loved she is.
As we look toward the St. John's Home opening this year, we cannot imagine the potential that God has placed in each of the girls that will live there. What an honor it will be to come alongside each one of them and encourage the dreams that God has given them, give them space to hope and believe and speak the Truth over them! To whisper in each of their ears, as many times as it takes to believe,
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." - Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
We have been sharing with our supporters the past several months about our financial need to continue our ministry in Bulgaria. We are pleased to share that we have met nearly 50% of our goal! It has been faith-boosting for us as we trust God each step of the way. Whether you can give a one-time gift or commit to a monthly donation, your help is still needed. Please click here to partner with us.
Nearly a year after we first stepped foot into the Social Services office, we are grateful to report that we have completed all the paperwork, interviews and home visits for our adoption. The Lord has been so incredibly faithful to us on the journey. There have been countless moments along the way that discouragement has crept up, but each time, a gentle reminder of His love has overcome our weary hearts. We are making more preparations for our babies to come home soon. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. We cannot wait to share our joy with you, but, in the meantime, join us praising the One who already adopted us into His family and sealed our eternity with Him!