Older Child Adoption

Their Forever Place

Holt Int’l video asking older waiting kids about what it is like to be adopted

Hey TD!

Many of you made a promise before God at TD to be sincerely praying what God would have you do in terms of helping the fatherless (or parentless).  Have you done that?  Has He responded? Or have you listened?

The answer won’t likely strike you like a lightning bolt, but rather, will likely lead you to a longer term perspective.  Whatever the case may be for you, please honor your commitment to pray, then listen well, and then go the direction God wants you to go.

In my family’s case, when heading down the road to adoption, we originally planned to follow God’s lead and adopt two sisters from China, aged 11 and 7.  We didn’t ever really consider adopting a teenager; yet that’s exactly what God had in mind both for us and for Stella all along.  We just didn’t know it yet.  We had to start walking in the direction we believed God was leading us to and He directed who we should be with.

TD, just start walking in ways you know would generally honor God; He’ll direct you to the specific steps you should take, the situations you are to be a part of, and the people you are to engage with.  When He leads and we follow, it’s a perfect match every time!

During Adoption Awareness Month, we’ve been showing you videos to get more familiar with the adoption landscape.  This time, watch, listen, and pray as teenagers your age share their feelings about what it is like for them to be adopted into a family that loves them.

– Arthur

 

 

TD Fri. – Love Your Neighbor Night

Hey TD!

Each small group will be doing something different as we seek to enjoy and love our neighbors in Jesus’ Name! Reach out to one of your small group leaders for the time and place to meet.

Enjoy!

– Arthur

Want to Know What The Adoption Process and Journey Look Like?

“Welcoming Willa” video with the Veldkamp Family

Hey TD!

As we highlighted in TD on Friday, November is National Adoption Awareness Month.  Most of you raised your hands to commit to seriously praying about what God would have you do with respect to helping address the world’s orphan crisis.  I shared with you how God has used other teenagers within their own families to help change the lives of some orphans through adoption.

I don’t know what God has in mind for you with respect to the orphaned, but I do know that you are to be involved in helping the fatherless in some way, shape, or form.  As Mary Beth Chapman reminds, “Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something.”

So, we will be highlighting various aspects of adoption on our blog this month to help you get more familiar with the ideas, language, and culture of adoption.  From these posts and videos, and through your commitment to pray and then act as God leads, we look forward to seeing how God will work in you and through you.

“Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something.”

– Mary Beth Chapman

Today, we’ll be highlighting what the adoption process and journey look like … in 10 minutes … through the Veldkamp family!  Their journey was very similar to ours, as they used the same agency we did (Holt Int’l) and went through similar family prepping, paperwork, and logistics (both in the US and in China).  We even visited some of the same places and stayed in the same hotel!  And like us, they too adopted a treasure!

Enjoy and reach out to anyone in my family if you’d like to know more about the process!

– Arthur

 

 

TD Pics, “Nakedness” mp3, and more …

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Hey TD!

We’ve got an exciting Friday chock-full goodness planned.  In addition to taking a deeper dive together into “On Nakedness and Shame,” we’ll also be highlighting Offerings 9, making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, Love Your Neighbor Night, and more!

To prep for Friday’s discussion, please listen to and/or review Daniel’s message below. It’s a vital topic for us to broach, here in TD in particular, if we’re going to make any progress in the way we experience God, life, others, etc. :

“On Nakedness and Shame” (mp3) Daniel

7:15 p.m. is our TD Pre-Party.  See you Friday!

TD Fri. – “On Nakedness and Shame”

 

Hey TD!

What do you ENJOY more, being naked or clothed? Is your enjoyment, with or without clothes, situation specific? Does it have to do with culture, convention, or the company you are around? What do clothes reveal about us and what do they hide? What does it mean when the Scripture says that Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame? What changed after the Fall?

Come out to TD this Friday to explore the sensitive yet significant aspects of human nakedness and need. Daniel will be leading our study and helping us to understand why a clear understanding of nakedness and clothing are part of the foundations of joy and enjoying Grace.

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God”

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God”

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In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God” (Robert)

Hey TD!

God’s omnipresence means that He is present everywhere all the time.  That’s objective fact.  Some don’t realize it and live as if God not only isn’t present, but doesn’t even exist; others know He exists, but don’t believe He is personally present in human affairs; others know He is personally present and are terrified and anxious about it; and then there are those for whom God’s personal presence is there peace and hope.  How about you?

In today’s second In Joy podcast, Robert draws from his personal experiences with Kathy and Hannah to help point us to a more enjoyable (for both you and God) relationship with God.  Read Psalm 84 before or after listening to the podcast, and … enjoy!

Psalm 84

1How lovely is your dwelling place,

Lord Almighty!

2My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.

3Even the sparrow has found a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may have her young—

a place near your altar,

Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

4Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

they are ever praising you. c

5Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

6As they pass through the Valley of Baka,

they make it a place of springs;

the autumn rains also cover it with pools. d

7They go from strength to strength,

till each appears before God in Zion.

8Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty;

listen to me, God of Jacob.

9Look on our shield, e O God;

look with favor on your anointed one.

10Better is one day in your courts

than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

the Lord bestows favor and honor;

no good thing does he withhold

from those whose walk is blameless.

12Lord Almighty,

blessed is the one who trusts in you.

TD Doubleheader This Weekend – Park on Fri./ SOS Sat.!

Hey TD!

We don’t have just one, but TWO great opportunities for you ENGAGE and ENJOY God and one another this weekend!

On Friday, we’ll be having a joint event at the park with BASIC, where you can visit with your old BASIC counselors, befriend the new kids there, and just have a fun time playing games and chillin’.

The event is from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Almansor Park in Alhambra.  Get dropped off and picked up there.

On Saturday, we have SOS Saturday!  This is an opportunity for you to join in a monthly TD tradition that has been going on for 30 years, where we visit the So. Pasadena Care Center (formerly known as the So. Pas Convalescent Hospital).  Serving others is not only an essential aspect of TD’s life and ministry, it needs to be an essential aspect of yours; otherwise, you are not living your life the way God intends you to live it.

What you’ll find in serving and caring for others to the honor of God, with no strings attached, is a deep joy and satisfaction that God gives to those who obey Him and who take care of others, especially the weak and ignored.

Take advantage of this great opportunity!  Meet at the front of the Hsiehs’ at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.  You’ll return at around noon.