Today was our benefit picnic for Glory and can we just say, we have an amazing, amazing God. We had been checking the weather all week and it looked clear for this morning.. but today, the dark rain clouds came in and rain poured down as we were setting up. At that point, the “Sunshine” theme for the picnic seemed so laughable! We prayed and prayed and low and behold, the rain cleared up right before we started and it actually kept the heat and humidity away for most of the event.. The rain was actually a blessing! Praise the Lord!!
Our prayer for this picnic above all else, was that God would take center stage and that His heart would be revealed to all who came. We know and have faith that from that place, all other blessings flow! Glory’s Picnic team, comprised of friends and family came together to help make this possible. We prayed and planned for weeks, and seeing everything come together on the day of was surreal. We were so touched by the many people who came to show their support, many going out of their way to help and provide things that were needed. We are so thankful for each one of you!
We had an awesome time of worship and feasted on Korean buffet. The team did an amazing job with facilitating games for the children, face painting, photo booth, and more. Some novice face painters worked very hard and made beautiful face paint-artwork that the children were more than pleased with. The kids had a blast while the adults stayed back to listen to testimonies, do some global adoption trivia, and mingle!
We heard a heart-moving testimony from our friends, Chris and Amy. They shared about how their journey in adoption began and how God has shown His heart through it all. Chris and Amy adopted their first four children (internationally and domestically) and just recently gave birth to their fifth child! They shared some background on each adoption and how God has unfailingly provided and has showed them the greatest blessing through each child. Adopted or biological, their children are their children and the love is the same. We were moved and stirred by their testimony of faith and love. Thanks again, Chris and Amy! We are so thankful that God has brought our families together and you guys are truly an inspiration to us all. <3
We were so blessed by the community book that was made at the picnic, with so many love notes for Glory. As we read through all the messages and photos, our hearts were filled to the brim with gratitude and joy. Thank you all for loving Glory so much, even before meeting her. We remember as if it were yesterday, the community book that was made for Ruthie at her benefit last year. And how after a few months home, we read the book with Ruthie and she could call out the names of some of the people she knew by name. And now, to see her running around and being in community with all of you, who so fervently prayed for her and supported our family, there are no words to express what that feels like. As with Ruthie, it truly takes a village to raise a child. And we are so blessed to be raising our children in a community of Hope.
Friends, we are so happy to share that after our picnic and the generous contributions of our community, we have not only reached our matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans but we have reached our goal for Glory’s adoption fund! Thank you for your part in bringing our daughter home. As Amy mentioned today, maybe you aren’t called to adopt but you can always pray or support ones who are called, and that is how God may use you to make a difference in the life of an orphan, to be united with their forever family. We are hoping that Glory will be home by mid-September at latest! Thank you all once again, from the bottom of our hearts. We love you.
Lam, Ann, & Ruthie
Photos from the event can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153994740764056.1073741840.797299055&type=1&l=5277c9ce2e