Archive for June, 2009

Between the Beauty & Chaos

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 25, 2009 by J-HY

If you have known me for a while, then you have probably heard of Aaron Ivey. Actually, there is a good chance I have given you one of his CD’s (formerly of the band Spur58).

Aaron is one of the most talented “artsy” guys I know. The guy is a rock star with adoring fans everywhere. Come to think of it, some friends of mine call him Vibey Ivey…..the dude is flat out cool. But honestly, behind the rock star image, there are few people that have a heart for Jesus like Aaron. A true desire to love the things Christ loved, serve the people Jesus served, and generally give all of himself, his talents, and his family to our Lord.

We have known each other for about 5 years and in that short time, he has had a huge impact on my life and my journey to be more like Christ. Well, to keep this short and because I am getting uncomfortable with all this mushy talk about another guy, this is his latest solo project and it is really really good. And if my recommendation isn’t good enough to convince you to buy his record, it is also the #1 Christian and Gospel album on iTunes……so there, trust the iTunes majority since they will never lead you astray! (insert a wink wink and a comment about how Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas is also #1)



What can you do?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by J-HY

Not looking for your money….just your prayers!

Word is our adoption advocates in Haiti are going to try to submit our dossier into IBESR this week despite the fact that we don’t officially meet the adoption “requirements”.  Just read through our newly updated (your welcome) Adoption Story if you are wondering what the “requirements” are and why we would be trying to adopt when we don’t “officially” meet them…….lots of “quotation” marks being used, huh?

Please pray that IBESR will take them.  And pray for something God sized to happen; not only will they take them but they will fly through the system in record time.  I believe, or at least am trying my best to, do you?  If you do, please pray.  If you don’t, please pray and let’s grow in this faith/trust thing together.

So is this an adoption blog or what?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2009 by J-HY

Yes….or at least that is certainly why it was created. Adoption, more specifically our call to adopt from Haiti and the ensuing journey, along with information about the happenings of our family…the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. Since adoption activities are slow, it certainly seems like I blog more about God’s dealings with me. Interesting and inspirational….questionable. Real and authentic….definitely.

But, without further ado, an adoption update. Drum role please………

SLOW…that’s how things are going. Almost a year after taking this leap of faith, we are still basically waiting to get this adoption off the ground. That is NOT to say that MUCH (if much was ever an understatement it would be now) hasn’t happened over this past year. Our faith journey has lead us straight to Naomi. And what a blessing to our family she is. She has challenged and taught us, bent and broke us.

At this moment we are still waiting to get our dossier (collection of adoption papers) submitted into Haiti’s IBESR (basically Haitian Social Services). It remains one of the longest, most critical, and faith/trust testing steps in the entire Haitian adoption process. They are still operating under the 35/10/0 law (basically Age/Years Married/Number of children) but recent activity has shown that there is once again some leniency on the 10/0 part.

During our May visit to Haiti, I was able to sit with our orphanage director/crew and testify to them about our assurance of God’s calling and commitment to walk this path, no matter what, for as long as He commands us. Their response, “We will walk this path with you and take our direction from you as you take your direction from God!” They even committed to attempt to submit our dossier to IBESR even though we know fully that we don’t meet the current “law”. Their prayer, “Lord, place scales over their (IBESR workers) eyes, allow these papers to fall onto the right desk, and advance this adoption as only you can.”

Rest assured, we are committed to trusting God and testing His faithfulness. Not easy, not even how I would necessarily like it…but definitely required.

With that, please echo the prayers of our adoption advocates in Haiti. Pray specifically for our dossier, that it will be accepted into IBESR. Pray for wisdom and perseverance for our adoption advocates in Haiti and their willingness to continue to fight the system of corruption in the name of releasing orphans to their forever families.

Do something BIG today

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

Take four minutes and watch this video…..

…now take a few more minutes to click the Compassion International banner to the right of this post and sign up to release a child from the grips of poverty.

Today is your chance to DO SOMETHING BIG; serious KINGDOM work. Old school, straight from Isaiah 58 work; practical advice which liberates from churchianity and allows us to live exciting lives in the daily service of our God. The kind of work that God commanded to His people during the time of Isaiah and ultimately demonstrated for us here and now through the life of Jesus.

“And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10

Then go smoke your pipe and start working on world peace….or at least that’s what I did.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 4, 2009 by J-HY