Friday, November 25, 2011

{Retro Post} Nov 5 and 6--Orphan Sunday

Here are our 3 Reece's Rainbow treasures: Caleb, Abby and Steven. Their shirts say: "I am the Pot of Gold at the end of Reece's Rainbow." They wore their shirts to our 3rd annual Orphan Awareness Seminar on Nov. 5.

At the Seminar, we talked about the need to care for the needs of all vulnerable children, not just kids who have lost one or even both parents. My brother Mark Johnson gave a presentation on sex-trafficking of girls, especially in Las Vegas. We had 3 ladies who spoke about the need for foster parents right here in Southern Idaho. Paul West showed a video about their adoption of an adorable little guy from Ethiopia. I talked about the international adoption of children with special needs through the ministry of Reece's Rainbow. We ended with sharing the Orphan's Table: we had a fortified rice meal which is the same as A Child’s Hope International provides to feed orphans all around the world.

On Sunday, Nov 6, our pastor gave time out of the service for the Youth Group to perform a skit I had written about a homeless street child--based on the story of the Good Samaritan and encouraging us as believers to be "doers of the Word and not hearers only." We also gave watched the main Orphan Sunday video from and gave prizes to all the kids who'd participated in the Jug-A-Thon.
We ended the service with dedicating our new daughter to the Lord. This seemed very appropriate for this special Orphan Sunday because Abby is an orphan no more. Our whole family was called to the front of the sanctuary. In this view you can see Billy, Teresa, Scheri and James to the right. (Also a red sliver of my Mom's jacket behind Billy.)

Me, Kevin, Pastor Bruce in back; Abby, Caleb and Steven in front. (Sorry we did not do an actual posed shot.)
My Daddy got to pray the prayer of Dedication.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the photos! Abby is so loved, it fills my eyes with tears of joy! Thank you!