Garage Sale update

April 25, 2008 at 12:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

the big sale!

the big sale!

After hours and hours and days and days of work, the big day arrived!    The Garage Sale fund-raiser for our adoption kicked off this morning at 8am and was a great success!

When we woke up, the sky was gray with a 70% chance of precip and cool, windy temps.   NOT what we’d hoped for!     I (Lisa) admittedly had an  ‘Eyore’ attitude about it all as we  worked to get the space ready.    Tague, however, kept us moving and set up tents and tarps and decided that we would keep the doors open and hope for the best.

Well…. I should’ve remembered that Minnesotans who haven’t had the opportunity to be outdoors for 6 months, wouldn’t let a little rain keep them from the opening weekend of Garage Sale-ing!!

AND I should’ve remembered that God had put this sale together for His purposes and that He would handle the results for His glory.

The shoppers were out in force and EVERYONE was supportive and excited for us in our adventure.   We had signs posted letting everyone know that the proceeds were going towards our adoption and people were incredibly generous.   Not one person asked for a lower price on an item and most of them told us to ‘keep the change’ when they completed their sale.    Several made donations that were way more than their purchases!

As items were sold, donations continued to pour in so it hardly looks like anything is even gone!    We’ll be out in the garage tomorrow (in spite of the predicted snow!) and Saturday.   And we’ll probably do this all over again in 2 weekends.

We are humbled and blessed by everyone’s generosity!    And we’re thanking God tonight for demonstrating His great goodness towards us all day over and over again.

(and our feet hurt!)  🙂

Update from Jinja!

April 21, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Today Tague arrived at Amani.   He is enjoying time with the kids, pulling them in a wagon and chasing them around the grounds.   When we talked on the phone earlier, he was looking at a blue-headed lizard with a little guy named Atila.    I couldn’t tell which of them was having more fun!!   Tague was laughing and putting different children on the phone to say, “Hi, Auntie Lisa!”      Back here in Lakeville, we sat around the speakerphone listening with tears in our eyes and smiles all around.

One of the required steps in the legal portion of this effort is to have an interview with the social worker.   It is a very important ‘gate’ that happens after a referral has been made.    Earlier today, in spite of NOT having an official referral made, Tague was invited to visit with the social worker and have his interview.   Mr. Opio was in his office and put Tague through a short verbal quiz asking things like,  “Why do you want to adopt?”  and  “Why do you want to adopt from Africa when there are plenty of kids in the US?”
Tague ‘passed’ the test and will not need further meetings to gain the approval of that office.     This is very important because our time is short and there are many visits and agencies to be seen.    ‘Quick’ and ‘smooth’ are not typically the African way.   This was unusual.

In just the last few days, 2 more little ones have arrived at Amani.   There is still much ‘due diligence’ to be done before these children would be free for new homes.    One is about 8 months old, malnourished, has malaria and was recently found in a sugar cane field.     The other one is only 4 weeks old and has been cared for in a home since birth, however the mother has recently left.      Whether these children might be ours, we don’t know.    But pray for them and for the process that will put them with their forever families…. Their futures have already been redeemed by their arrival at Amani.

We are told that good Ugandan referrals will help our paperwork along.   In God’s providence, while Tague has been working with Passion: Kampala, he has become connected with influential pastors and academic leaders.   These men are well known and respected throughout Uganda.   References from them would certainly aid our application.      We think of all the unknown things that are necessary for this process and we marvel that God has gone before us in every detail.    The process is enormous in every category.   But God’s faithfulness and provision for even the smallest details has been incredibly clear.

We are hoping that Tague will have the opportunity to talk with the director of the orphanage today and perhaps move closer to a referral.     (Pray for her as she is only days away from delivering a baby of her own!!)    What a miracle and a gift it would be if he were able to come home with those decisions made!!

Thanks for praying, everyone!     We feel your support.    And our garage reflects your generosity as it swells with items you’ve donated for our sale this weekend!!     You would not believe the stuff out there.   Not back-of-the-closet junk, but really fantastic stuff!   You have brought some of your best for the advancement of God’s purposes and we already have had our socks blessed off by your generosity!!

We’ll keep you posted!

Our amazing friends!

April 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The stuff is pouring into our garage for this sale! We have some of the most amazing, faithful friends anywhere around! Thank you to everyone who is contributing! (and some of you have had some really cool stuff in your closets and storage sheds apparently!)

There’s still plenty of room to get your goods in the sale also….. just let us know if you need help transporting it!

Tell everyone you know….. spread the word! April 24-26

Also – pray for Tague as he’s in Uganda this week. The major portion of the trip will be spent working on Passion:Kampala details. But the last 2 days of the journey he will be at Amani hanging out with the kiddos and helping the staff! (I’m jealous!)

Happy Birthday!

April 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today is my birthday.

But when you’re celebrating the ‘big 42’, you don’t do the big birthday thing any more —  there are no Cinderella napkins or big balloons or streamers or pony rides after a certain point in life.    Amidst the work schedules and the baseball practice and the drama rehearsal and the stinky guinea pig cage and the continued crazy cold weather, I wasn’t really expecting much today.    Still, when I got in from work today I got a pretty good present.    Tague said to me,

‘the home study has been completed, reviewed, approved and faxed to the orphanage!”

Woo Hoo!!   Happy Birthday to me!!!

Spring-cleaning fundraiser!!

April 7, 2008 at 2:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s no small task to get a family of 7 to Africa – but that’s what we’re going to try to do at the end of May. For the first week, we’ll serve with Passion Conferences on the Kampala World Tour stop (check out Passion World Tour) at Makere University. Students in the states have been coming to Passion events since 1997 and now is the time to take the message of living a life sold-out for Jesus to the students of the world. Tague’s been working with the Kampala team for months. The rest of us are going to volunteer at the conference May 30-31. What an awesome privilege to serve and worship with the students of East Africa during those days!!

After the Passion conference is over, we’ll drive to Jinja to the Amani Baby Cottage to hang out with the kids and help the staff with whatever they need. We are praying that by then, we’ll know exactly which children are ours so we can meet them and love on them at little, even if we can’t take them home with us right away. (Be praying about that one!)

Many of your have asked about how you can help in our adoption process. First of all – THANKS for asking!!! Praying for us regularly is the biggest thing you can do to help!

Obviously, this family missions trip / orphanage visit costs a load of money. We’re asking Him to raise up what He needs to accomplish His purposes in all this. He’s been faithful to provide the funds for our home study, all the shots, the passports, the visas, the prescription meds for our travels, and on and on. The money has been there as needed for all of this to be possible. Now we’re asking Him for what we need to fly to and from Africa and for the expenses associated with taking care of our new kids currently living at Amani.

Honestly – we don’t have the money for that right now so we’re getting creative! Here’s where YOU can help!

April 24-26 we’re hosting a giant garage sale and we’re inviting each of you to participate! We’d love to include whatever you’d like to donate as part of this cooperative effort to raise the money needed! Our garage is cleaned out and ready to be filled up!! Feel free to drop by with your stuff (and maybe a table to put it on?) anytime. We’re accepting anything & everything — Furniture, toys, household items, etc. If you don’t live nearby, you could join us in this sale by posting some of your old stuff on eBay or Craig’s list. This could be the first ‘cross-country’ garage sale in history! Or maybe you have a better idea? Maybe some great (inspired?) idea we’ve not thought of yet. If you’d like to make a donation or a gift – let us know! Thanks and we’ll keep you posted!

Birth Parents

April 3, 2008 at 12:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

What an odd time this is. We are waiting to hear if our paperwork is approved. We are waiting to hear if the home study will be done by the time Tague goes to Uganda this month. We are waiting for a referral. We are waiting for babies to become available at Amani. Very odd to be simply waiting.

I’m also recently very struck with another reality. As I pray and hope and eagerly wait to receive this spectacular gift, another family – a globe away – is struggling tonight. It must be a little bit what it is like when you are waiting to receive an organ transplant. Hoping and praying for the gift that will change your life and yet, all the while, keenly aware that recieving this gift means someone else will suffer a great loss.

I know that for us to get that referral means someone has lost their children. Perhaps it’s an HIV+ mother who already has four children she can barely take care of. Perhaps its a dad who can’t take care of an infant now that his wife just died in childbirth. Or maybe its the extended family members who have been caring for their grandbabies or nephews…. until they just can’t manage it any more. Or maybe he’s just been abandoned because desperation won out.

Somewhere tonight there are people who are in the middle of a situation that is so grim that they feel like they have no option but to release these children to strangers. I am broken-hearted for them even as I am expectantly joyous for us. Pray for these dear people – whoever they are – that have brought this child into the world.

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