Archive for May, 2009

Crazy Good

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by J-HY

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan……Read It.

Seriously, go buy the book tomorrow today.  Download the audiobook tonight now.  It is worth your time.


If you read one book this year, read the bible.  If you read two, read this one.


Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 5, 2009 by J-HY

Sarah and I are proud partners with a microfinance organization named Opportunity International.  I first learned about microfinance organizations while reading the book, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.  I was blown away by the enormous impact small loans have when put in the hands of entrepreneurial minded people living in the grips of poverty.  Here is a quick explanation from Opportunity International:

“The revolution of microenterprise development is built on the foundation of a simple truth: Many of the world’s poorest people are a good credit risk. A lifetime of struggling just for food and shelter fosters the kind of single-minded drive that it takes to start or build a small business. Rather than being merely victims, the world’s poor are the key to their own emergence from poverty. Given a working chance – just a start – they can begin to build their own future.”

Opportunity International has an amazing interactive website called OptINnow.  It is a website with photos and stories of women across the world working their way out of poverty.  You can read stories about these entrepreneurs in poverty stricken countries, see what kind of business they are starting, how much they need to get started, and distribute your contributions directly to their loan.

So as you consider a gift for your mom this year, how about honoring your mother with a tribute patch on their virtual Global Opportunity Quilt and get a gift card to help another mother in a developing country with a life-changing loan.

Here’s how it would work.

You buy a $25 quilt patch to honor your mom for Mother’s Day.  Opportunity International will send her an email with a link to view your tribute on the quilt plus a $25 gift card to fund a woman’s loan on

Your mom can use her gift card to fund a life-changing loan for someone on the site.  If your mom is not an Internet user, you can go on the site with her and help her choose an entrepreneur and use her gift card.  It can be an awesome opportunity for you to share with your mom the passion and concern you have for those that Christ lovingly referred to as the least of these.  If neither of those are options, you can memorialize your mother on the quilt and use the gift card yourself and change a life in her honor.

So Mom Hyatt and Mom Lord, if you are reading this……surprise!  You will be getting your gift card very soon.  Sarah and I hope you enjoy sharing our love for you with another deserving mother across the globe.

Friends and Family

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 5, 2009 by J-HY

God has blessed us with a great family to walk this adoption road with.  The trials and tribulations, the joys and celebrations.  We will share a lot with this family over the coming years.  Here is Naomi’s friend from the orphanage, Frankie Rhodes.  Their journey is definitely worth following as well.

A Family for Frankie

Life just got a lot harder…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 3, 2009 by J-HY

We had to say goodbye to Naomi tonight.  I don’t really have words to explain how I feel. Not good; it is not well with my soul.  I have really struggled this weekend.  Life just got a lot harder now that I have loved on this little girl and convinced her to call me Papa.  Honestly, faith and trust when put in context of this adoption are words I really don’t want to hear, believe, or live right now.  I want assurance that it will all work out; assurance that in spite of the fact Haiti doesn’t think I am fit to be her father, God will somehow, someway, trump the system.  Suddenly it seems like a lot of what I have been saying about this adoption was just lip service.  The path seems narrower, miles longer, and much more treacherous than expected.

Hello from Haiti

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 2, 2009 by J-HY