It Takes A Praying Village

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It’s so crazy how little things can bring people together. Ever since we have let our family and friends know that we were adopting, we have come into contact with so many who have gone down this road or who are currently journeying through adoption. It’s encouraging to have so many reach out to us- even people we have never met. A true like domino affect- so neat!

A friend of my mother’s, who has adopted 5 beautiful kiddos (and I hope to get her to guest blog for me sometime!), asked for prayer for a friend of hers whose adopted daughter was undergoing some serious medical treatment for health issues. It struck a chord with me and I visited the Facebook page to find out more. I don’t know the entire story- but I’ll give you the gist and encourage you to check out their Facebook page here. This family would love your support- regardless that they have no idea who you are! By the way, things like this used to be super creepy before social media. Oh how the times have changed…

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The Mattingly family, from Kentucky, adopted sweet Kendall from China earlier this year. They knew Kendall had a heart condition that would need to be addressed once the adoption was final (most children adopted from overseas have some type of medical condition, whether it be mild or severe). What was anticipated to be a 2 week hospital stay has gone on for more than 80 days and counting. It is unfathomable what Kendall and her family have had to endure- but they are holding fast to their faith and the One who never gives up.

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If you would please join me in praying for Kendall and the Mattingly family. I believe in the power of prayer and the encouragement it brings. They are hopeful that they will get to go home soon- but cautiously hopeful. Please take some time to post on Kendall’s Facebook wall that you are lifting this family up- I know it would be appreciated beyond words.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord… The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:14 & 16

Images courtesy of Google and Blessed with Hope and Joy Facebook page

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