Homesick

I am homesick for a place I couldn’t have pointed out to you on a map before last summer. I have only spent a total of 10 weeks in Zambia but I feel so homesick. Since being back I have felt an overwhelming sense of longing. Longing to be in Zambia with my family, with my Zambian parents and siblings, with my precious children. As many of you know Pastor Edward and Barbra are here in Prescott for about a week. It has been exactly what I needed, the perfect taste of home. Pastor Edward and Barbra came and spoke to our youth group last night and it was amazing to see how simple words can light so many students on fire for Jesus and for missions. I am excited to see how God works in all of their lives!

If any of you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have probably seen my posts about my sweet baby girl Deborah. She has been very sick the past wee or so. She hasn’t been able to eat anything at all and as a result is losing a lot of weight. She was taken to the hospital 2 days ago and has been getting IV fluids at the very least. Please keep her in your prayer, that Gods hand will be upon her life and that she will feel lifted up in prayer. Also pray for me to have a peace and a comfort with not being there with her. My heart breaks knowing she is not felling good and I am not there to hold her and tell her I love her. I am just trusting Jesus that he knows what he is doing, and that there is a reason why I am here and she is there.

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One of the only pictures I have of my baby girl smiling!

What does adoption mean to you? To me it means to car for someone who needs to be loved and candy shown Gods love. It means being willing to give up time, money, and resources to care for a precious child. God uses adoption to help describe our salvation in him. Ephesians 1:5 “He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to His favor and will.” Has God placed it upon your heart to be an adoptive parent? It could be through domestic adoption, international adoption, sponsorship, foster care, or just sharing our heart with a child who needs it. Will you join me in praying for the lost and the broken in their world, specifically children. God has placed it upon my heart to be an advocate for the hurting children around the word, especially in Zambia. I am praying that 5 children will be adopted from the Sara Rose Children’s Foundation in the next year. I am also praying for each and every one of the children in GlobalFingerprints in Zambia will be sponsored in the next month. Can you help to make these prayers a reality?? Love you sweet friends!

James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Much Love,

Shelbyrae

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