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Far more.

March 2, 2014

134302751985447(Tonight’s post is a follow-up to the “Faith, Facebook, & Formula” post from earlier this week.  If you haven’t read that yet, please do.)


On Thursday evening, Amy from Love Without Boundaries sent me this message:

“Hi Carly.  I wanted to give you some more information. We have talked to the orphanage, and they actually use Lactogen right now for the babies, which is a really good Nestle formula. However, the director of the orphanage said your son and then one preemie who is now the same age as your son (who is also being adopted soon) are not gaining weight as quickly as they would like.  So we suggested Nutren, which is a specialty formula for kids over age one that really works great for kids who need extra nourishment.  It’s a pretty expensive formula for China, but we have seen some really wonderful results with it for the kids who are underweight.  So we are sending a month’s supply to them to try to see if there is an improvement in weight.

Do you know the other family who is adopting?  

I have a little bit of extra information for you as well.  The orphanage is fairly small, with only 43 kids in their care.  The director said he would be very interested in talking to us about LWB starting foster care there, which made my heart so happy!  I love foster care so much.  He is also going to send us a list of children with medical needs to see if we can help any of them. So your post online is probably going to end up impacting lots of children in the future. How wonderful is that????  The internet sure is amazing at times!”

For so many reasons, those words made my heart explode.

She followed that message up with this:

“I just read your beautiful blog post. Thank you for that, but truly it is my honor to help in any way. Eleven years ago I went out in the country and told God He could have my life for as long as needed to help the children in China. And so I am just trying to be the best servant I can. I really hope the Nutren will help your son.”

The following day, Amy sent me a photo of one of the sweet babies at Haven’s orphanage who has a cleft lip.  Along with the photo, she shared these words:

“This is one of the babies who will now receive surgery because of your efforts to learn more about your son’s orphanage. They’ve already asked us to help four children. How amazing is our now interconnected world?”

Then, I received this email from one of Amy’s co-workers at LWB:

“Just wanted to let you know that Haven’s orphanage asked us to help with 4 children, three of whom will have cleft surgery soon.  (Sometimes orphanages don’t want us to help.)  The other child has a heart issue and we’re not sure if we can help her or not.  The child with the more severe cleft lip will be on our Cleft Exchange in April and the other two will have surgery in Kunming as soon as possible.  Thanks for helping these kids by contacting us.”

I look over the events that have occurred throughout this past week, and I can do nothing but shake my head in amazement and call to mind these words:  “To Him who is able to do FAR MORE abundantly than we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

One little question.  One little inquiry posted on Facebook about our son’s orphanage has yielded some very big results.

My hope in posting the question was that someone might simply be able to offer me some information about our son’s orphanage since we knew absolutely nothing about it.  Little did I know at the time what that question would ultimately lead to.

I was just seeking to find any morsel of information that I could about Haven’s orphanage.  Thankfully, I did receive the information that I had sought after.  But, God didn’t stop there.  He did FAR MORE than I could have asked or imagined.

A question was asked.  A connection was made.  A door was opened (thanks to LWB).  And God came bursting through it in abundantly glorious fashion.

One simple question has led to a month’s supply of specialized formula for Haven and one other child at the orphanage who (like Haven) is also struggling to thrive.  It has led to three scheduled cleft lip/palate surgeries for three precious little ones.  It has led to the possible treatment of a child with a heart condition.  And – last but not least – it has led to discussions about establishing a much-needed foster care system in Haven’s hometown.

Yes, friends.

He is able to do FAR MORE than we could ask or imagine.


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Hicks permalink
    March 2, 2014 1:30 pm

    We serve an Awesome God. Too bad Americans are turning their backs on Him. Your posts are such an encouragement to me.

  2. Mary Jane permalink
    March 3, 2014 6:11 pm

    God called you and Bryan to adopt another child from China. Because of your obedience to God’s call you have made a huge impact on several children’s lives. What an awesome God we serve! Also, what awesome believers and followers you two are!

  3. March 3, 2014 6:15 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Mary Jane. Contrary to what the world tells us, you and I both know that obedience is far from boring. It is thrilling, and the only way to truly live! We really appreciate your continual, prayerful support along this journey : )

  4. Andrea Wilson permalink
    March 4, 2014 3:10 am

    Love this . . . . Can’t wait to see what is next. 🙂

  5. Sara Varnes permalink
    March 4, 2014 8:53 pm

    All of this just makes me think of
    Isaiah 55:8: (NIV)8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,    neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.

    So glad the ruler of the world has plans that are much better than mine!!

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