Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thought for Today

God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible - what a pity we plan only the things we can do ourselves.~ A. W. Tozer

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Words of Encouragement

We know that there are some that read this blog that pray for the families involved in this ministry, some of you are one of those families, and still some just are interested in what the Lord is doing in people's hearts towards the orphan. With permission we share excerpts from a note we recently received. May these words encourage you no matter where you are on this journey.

We cannot ever thank you enough for all of your hard work to encourage us, teach us, support us and help us to adopt our children. It has now been 1 year and 7 months as a family and the children are growing incredibly.

Here is an example of why an adoption ministry is so important: Our children are so very excited to learn about Dios (God) everyday. They are coming to understand how our sin is a serious problem and how God has provided a remedy for our sins through the Lord Jesus Christ. They know that we must be washed clean through trusting Jesus Christ as our substitute and Savior as He was the only one to live and obey perfectly. It is truly remarkable to see our 3, 5 and 7 year children on the journey towards their upcoming second adoption: their adoption by God the Father so they can become children of God through rebirth in their souls.

Truly, we can never, ever express how grateful we are for your partnership and for an incredible church that comes alongside families to give orphans a hope and a future - not just now but for all eternity.

That adoption loan combined with the incredible blessing of the matching grant funds and the creation of the Bethany adoption expense account not only provided for the adoption of our children but has also eased the financial burden and frees us as we plan to initiate the adoption process of three more little Colombian Armstrongs. Without all of the OHOH assistance, a second adoption would be much less likely as the burden would have been much too great.

Thank you to all who pray for the families that are pursuing adoption or foster care and those that support them financially and through your words of encouragement. Lives are being changed for eternity because of your care.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Invitation to our Next Social!

Family and Friends of

Open Hearts Open Homes Ministry

You are invited to our

September Social

When: Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time: 5-7pm

Where: JR White Park, Germantown Hills - directions will follow

We will provide: hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, and condiments.

Please Bring: A side dish or dessert to share.

RSVP/?'s - Amy at

Raindate: If you RSVP we will contact you if we have to make changes due to weather.

Directions: From Peoria - Take Rte. 116 east to Germantown Hills - turn Left onto Woodland Knolls - immediately turn Right onto Holland Rd. - The park is on the corner of Holland Rd. and (the second) McKenzie Rd.

We'd love for your family to join us as we encourage each other on this journey of orphan care.