Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chip In Added

Today we have added a Chip In to our blog to make it easier to donate. We are expecting to receive notice of our appointment sometime next week and will have about 10 days to 2 weeks before travel. We still need approximately $5,300 before then.

If you donate to Maxim, you will need to put "preference Kacirek adoption" in the comment area.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beautiful Hope

I've been praying for that small possibility that we would receive photos of Maxim to give us ANY idea of how he has been dealing with life in the mental institution. On Sunday morning right as we got settled in the van for the long drive to church, I heard the ding on my phone letting me know a message had come. I had no idea the delight I was to experience! These are some of the photos I received!

The mark on his face was not there before so I am not sure what it is or what caused it. I recognize these pants and socks from the photo I received of him two years ago. To see him walking holding onto someone....WOW! My heart just keeps leaping!

I want to encourage intercession for these children! When I had to leave him in 2006 and had no idea if I would see him again I began praying a prayer that was lit with fire by God. I never stopped.

Just this morning I received news from Ukraine that our documents WERE submitted and no more paper troubles. SO thankful not to go back to our social worker or to the secretary of state's office. Now we wait for that appointment date. We were told it could be a couple of weeks before we receive notice and then a couple of weeks after that to be in Kiev.

We have about $6,300 to raise. I have now made our blog private as we begin sharing more intimate details. We've chosen privacy so that we can be candid about what we are experiencing in Ukraine.

With love to each of you, Tina

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mission to Maxim update

I will save all of details and just say that while we had all of our documents sent to Ukraine already, we were told to redo some pieces. I will withold my thoughts on this but you probably could guess. :o) Once again the delays meant to frustrate and distract persist, yet God prevails. We were able to redo our papers in a matter of days and I personally drove them to the secretary of state's office in Little Rock myself for apostilling and then straight to the Fedex office. They are due to arrive in Kiev tomorrow!

This week is important and we would so covet your prayers! Prayers for favor with officials, speedy expediting of submission and receival of appointment date.

Because of this hold up, it will of course affect our travel date pushing it farther out. Again, while it's not what we'd prefer, we are trying to rest in knowing that God is coordinating and shifting in the heaven's. This does give us more time to raise the funds needed to bring Maxim home.

Today we have received a commitment of $1,000 which will put us at needing to raise a little over $6,500 more. PRAISE!

Some sad news and huge prayer request:

Some friends of ours, Lee and Jennifer Bray, came to us a couple of weeks ago feeling led to hold a concert fundraiser for Maxim. They had decided to hold it out in the country on their acreage. Last Friday morning, Lee went out to clear out two trees that were blocking an entry way so that more parking area could be made for the event. He was atop an 18 foot ladder when he lost balance and fell. Praise God, as he began falling head first he flipped back and landed on his feet, shattering both heels and pushing them up into his ankles severely damaging them. He also broke his right wrist and a vertebrae in his midback. He went in for surgery right away that day but these next weeks will be filled with rehab and much care will be needed for the Bray family. Will you please keep them in your prayers and if you feel led to help them in anyway, we will be happy to let you know specifics on how to do that so please just email me.

Thank you for your continued prayers and advocacy for Maxim!

With love,

Stairway to Heaven

The other night I found myself once again at 2 in the morning up and praying. As I would finish a prayer it streamed into another and another and soon I saw a vision in my minds eye. It wasn't visible as in an open vision but I knew this was the Holy Spirit sharing something important.

I saw stairs with children filing upward. There were lamp posts along the way and at the top a doorway with the brightest light shining through. The children, I knew, were not dying and entering heaven....they were going to meet their heavenly Father. Soon the door began closing and the lamp posts went dark. I couldn't see the children anymore but I knew they had to be there. I asked God what he was showing me. I asked God why He shut the door and dimmed the lights. My heart heard, "I didn't." And then I realized that we were the lamp posts and we led the children to their Father. We meaning, the body of Christ.

I began crying with great sadness as I realized that many within the Body of Christ have learned about God, yet never met their Abba Daddy. 2 Cor. 6:18 They haven't yet realized the fullness of what it means to be a son and daughter of Father God. We can have the desire to help the hurting and we can even move into action but if we haven't ourselves joined in relationship with Him, it's quite difficult to bring others to Him. We become like the Israelites wandering around in the desert.

May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you (Father God) sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. John 17:23-25

If we have met judgment when we needed mercy, if we've been kicked when we needed a hug, if we have been lied to, abused, used and discarded on earth and if those who were to protect us were themselves a part of our pain, it can be quite difficult to imagine a Daddy in Heaven who could love us. The orphan does not know to whom they belong. How many within the Body does not know that not only did Jesus come to die for their sins, but also to have intimate, personal relationship with a living and true Father God who has loved them from before their conception.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1

Ministering to the orphan, is not just about physical rescue or adoption in the usual sense of the word, but it means we ourselves have met the Father and we are the lamp posts who stand at the doorway. As we walk in intimacy with Him, receiving his comfort, his love, his mercy and flow in his grace, we can extend it. Not because we are talented, but because we have received Him. You give what you have received!

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Cor. 1:2-4

Our lights grow dim if we rely on flesh or move in wrong motives or fear. (Perfect love casts out fear.) But if we walk in our spirit of sonship, receiving His love, we are promised His blessings. It's a great exchange. He takes the pain, We receive his fullness. That fullness IS OUR LIGHT! It leads others to Him. That's orphan ministry.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3