Saturday, November 29, 2008

China Update!!

Dear family and friends,

 

A lot has happened in the last couple months.  The Lord continues to bless me financially and spiritually through your prayers and support.  Several changes have occurred with my opportunity to serve orphans in Luoyang China.  Our departure date has been pushed back several weeks due to delays in building construction.  However we will be leaving no later than the first week of March.  Our living situation has also changed as we may now be living in the orphanage as opposed to an apartment near the orphanage.  This decision could change after we arrive in China but does not affect the amount of money I will need to raise or the dynamics of how we will minister to the children.  In other words the only people who will be affected by this is my roommate Chrissy and I.  Fundraising hit off well as I have received approximately $6,400 in pledges and donations.  It truly has been a blessing watching God work as He continues to provide.  I will need to raise an additional $6,000-$7,000 more depending on the cost of airfare.  In order to do this I will be having a garage sale in January as well as sending out more letters and presenting this opportunity to my home church.  Again I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and support.  Please continue to pray for our team and the children we will be working with. 


In Christ, 

Julee

 

Ephesians 3:20-21

 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am blessed!

Hey everyone, 
So lately I have been thinking about my life and how blessed I am.  I have been given the greatest gift known to mankind.  That is the gift of salvation and life!  I have been bought by the precious blood of Christ that was shed on the cross to take my sin away!  I know it sounds cliche for me to be talking about this during this time of year but truly, John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  I am on a journey where I have been given the opportunity to experience the greatest love in existence!  A love that has demonstrated the greatest sacrifice, "death".  He has given us the perfect description of how we are to love other people.  The second part of this gift is "life".  After the precious blood of Jesus was spilled to cover my sin, he rose again three days later to conquer death and overcome the world! John 16:33 I have told you this so that through me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but be courageous-I have overcome the world!"  

I pray that no matter how God chooses to bless me I will give thanks to Him with gratitude!!!

Happy thanksgiving!

In Christ,

JHart

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Nashville/Mestas Craziness

Hey everyone,

Time continues to fly as my life has been all about travel lately. Lets slow down so I can explain the events of the last week and a half. I flew into Raleigh/Durham on Nov. 13th, I then got into a van full with of Mestas Craziness!! For those of you who don't already know, this summer when I went to China with ShowHope '08 and I met an amazing friend named Ellie! She happens to be part of an awesome family of ten. Mama and papa Mestas, there three biological children, Melissa, Jonathan, Ellie, along with the twins, James(5) and Jeremiah(5) who were adopted domestically through the state of North Carolina, followed by Josiah(4), and his baby twin sisters Keren(18mths), and Keziah(18 mths) who were adopted from Ethiopia about a year ago. If you do the math that makes a total of 10 members with 5 of them being under the age of 5!!! It was awesome!!! Anyways, we headed to Nashville where we would then attend the Shoahannah's Hope Fundraiser. Ellie's parents were invited to share their testimony about there adoption experience and how God has led them down the road to adopt. Ellie and I stayed with our friend Catherine and about 6 other girls all whom we met on our summer trip to China. It was a blast. We had a lot of fun as we set up and ran odd jobs in order to help prepare for the event on Saturday!! It was an amazing weekend of tears, laughter, heartache, and joy as we heard from numerous different speakers, including Mary Beth and Emily Chapman. After the weekend was over we loaded up the van and made our trek back to Wake Forest where Ellie's family lives. I spent a week with them as I learned more about who there family was and ultimately about who there family serves. I fell in love with their story and their hearts as they shared their experiences with me. It was amazing to hear how God has continued to provide for them as they continue to care for the orphan. One verse stands out when I think of the Mestas family

Matthew25:40
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

The Mestas family is protecting and providing for these children once called orphans of this world. What an amazing blessing to have been given the opportunity to care for Jesus through the orphan. Whats even cooler is that he gives every single one of us that same opportunity. By joining the fight to care for orphans we are serving the very heart of Jesus as he clearly mentions in numerous passages throughout his word. Join me and this amazing family has we strive to serve Jesus and care for the orphan. If you would like more information about how to do this or would like to read more about the Mestas family and there amazing journey check out the links below.

http://members.shaohannahshope.org/site/PageServer
http://www.jobsdaughters.blogspot.com/


In Christ,


JHart!!


James 1:27

"Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

3 Months away

Hey everyone,

So, we are down to approximately 3 months until Chrissy and I head off to China!!!  Crazy, I know.  Anyways I just wanted to bring you guys a little update.  We are looking at buying plane tickets soon for sometime during the third week in February.  This will hopefully give us a week or two to settle into our living environment and help us to become comfortable with our surroundings before we start working with the kids on a daily basis.  We are still making decisions on many aspects involving details but we are confident that God will continue to open doors and guide us in making decisions.  With the holidays coming quickly it feels like this move is right around the corner.  Fundraising hit off well and I believe that God will continue to provide for us and our financial needs.  I need another $8,500 to help make this move possible!  Please continue to pray for us as we make important decisions.  Thanks!!

Julee  

Monday, November 3, 2008

Short and Sweet

Hey everyone,

Im just asking now for prayer.  As I have mentioned before, preparing to make this commitment and move is testing me in every way.  I also ask that you would be with Mikey (my partner).  He just recently made the move to Luoyang to get things rolling and to be closer to the orphanage. Anyways, Im asking that you would continue to pray for him as he is coping with language barriers.  It is very difficult to build relationships and maintain relationships with the children due to the language barriers.  I pray that he would not get overwhelmed or frustrated and that he would make progress daily.  Thanks to all of our supporters.  It truly is a blessing to know that we have such awesome support from our friends and family.  

Through Him,

We'll talk later,

JHart