Can I say that I am absolutely amazed by people? In a wonderful way. I know we have all experienced hurt and heartache at the hands of people. We have all been burned by a relationship, by a careless word, by thoughtlessness, by rejection. I don’t mean to minimize the sting of the hurt or say it isn’t real and it doesn’t hurt.
Because it does.
But some days, I am blown away by the kindness and goodness and generosity of people.
People like Jennifer.
Jennifer is currently organizing the mother of all yard sales this side of the Mississippi (OK, maybe not the biggest ever in all of time, but it’s pretty legit). She has put in at least a part time job’s worth of hours for weeks to pull this off. She gave up her basement (like, all of it) to house boxes and boxes and boxes of clothes, household items, and other donations which she has meticulously organized by size and type. She’s sold higher value items on Craigslist and Facebook and has rounded up $1,000 in PRE sales. And, the really amazing part, she’s not getting a penny for it. She’s doing this all to raise funds for our adoption. Yes, we are humbled and oh so gracious.
(If you live in or around Harrisonburg, VA, we’d love to have you join us on September 14th for this event. Find our yard sale page here on Facebook for full details).
And people like Matt.
Matt Ryba is one of Adrian’s good friends and a fellow pastor. He was the other dreamer, scribbling notes on a napkin with Adrian for a youth event that led to the funding of a well in Guatemala. Just a few months ago, Matt, his sweet wife Laura, and their precious daughter literally sold all their belongings and moved to Chicago to follow the Lord’s call to plant a church.
AND, if all that isn’t enough, Matt decided to run the Chicago Triathlon… for us. Matt’s goal was to get 31 families to sponsor a mile each at $100 to raise funds for our adoption. Yesterday was the big race, and Matt completed this Olympic Triathlon at 3 hours and 11 minutes (CRAZY + AMAZING).
We couldn’t be more blessed by his dedication and this family’s heart and sacrifice to help bring an orphan into a family.
Here’s the thing, guys:
The goal was not met…
There are a few hours left today to give.
I don’t think it’s too late. I’m asking that you consider sharing, tweeting, writing, telling about Matt’s triathlon and his huge goal. I know it seems weird for me to want to meet this goal so badly, since it’s for us. But I really believe it would bless Matt and Laura to meet the goal, and I’d love to help make it happen. Would you consider being a family to sponsor one mile of his race?
at $100 each
31 miles run/swum/biked
= $3100 raised
HE DID A TRIATHLON FOR US.
Need I say more?!
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At the end of the day, as much hurt as I know us humans can inflict on one another, I’m hopeful. I see grace and goodness at work all the more. And I see His image in the face of my friends giving up so much and living so selflessly and generously. People amaze me, in the very best way.
Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:19-21