Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Christmas Blessing!

The Moore Family - Dec. 22, 2011

Sometime back, Kerri and Mike Moore answered God's call to adopt through the Alabama foster care system. They went through all of the necessary paperwork and training classes that were required, and then they began the waiting process. They never seemed to waiver from the knowledge that God had called them to adopt, and that He indeed had a sibling group for them. Kerry and Mike's motivation to adopt did not come from wanting to "rescue" children but rather, it was because they had once been spiritual orphans who had been "rescued" by a loving, heavenly Father! What a joy it is to share the hope of Christ with children.

In July of 2011, Mike and Kerri met brothers: Zach and Sean. It didn't take them long to realize that these were the children that God had ordained for them. Zach and Sean moved in permanently and the adjustment of a new family began. However, the adoption would not be final until December. I am happy to report that on December 22, 2011 Zach and Sean officially became "Moores" and they celebrated that afternoon with a big reception for family and friends. What a Christmas Blessing! Some of you may remember that Kerri sang a song on the night that Children's Hope was launched in September 2010. It was a song written by Steven Curtis Chapman about a child wanting a family for Christmas. Well, the Moores not only opened their hearts to one child but two! On behalf of your church family, thank you Mike and Kerri for being an example of what it looks like to care for "orphans in their distress."

P.S. I was eating a candy cane today and Hope ran up and excitedly said, "the sins are going away." Of course she was referring to the red disappearing and only the white showing. Jay preached on this Christmas morning. I don't tell you this just because it is absolutely precious but to stress how important it is for us as Christians to reach out to the orphans of the world and introduce them to the Savior that forgives our sins.

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