Monday, September 28, 2015

A MATCHING GRANT!!!!!$3,500.00!!!!

We have been studying the All Sufficiency of our God! We have been trusting God's word: "My God shall supply ALL of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Phil 4:19 And..."My heavenly Father knows that I need all these things." Matthew 6:32

We are praising God this day! We just received word that we have received a matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans for $3,500.00! Wow! That means that this amount will be matched to total $7,000.00!!!! toward our adoption expenses! 

That's just 100 people giving $35.00!! Isn't that awesome!!! So how can you give?? You can go HERE and fill in our information. It would be under the family name of Glenn and Mary Winslow. Our Lifesong family account number is:  5534. Please indicate that! All donations are tax deductible! You can also mail a check to: 

Please make checks payable to Lifesong for Orphans.
In the memo please note your gift preference with Family Account Number and Family Name.
(ie: Preference 1234 Smith)
Please mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all US administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). 100% of your donation will go directly to the need...helping orphans. 

Our goal date for fund raising is December 1st! Please, please, please take a moment and pray and see how God would use you in this mighty way! Here is a note from Lifesong:

Glenn and Mary have sensed God’s call to care for the fatherless and have joyfully stepped out in faith and obedience to adopt a child from Bulgaria. As you may already know, adoption can cost $25,000- $35,000 and this financial burden prevents many godly families from adopting. Lifesong in partnership with Chosen and Dearly Loved believes God has called this family to adoption and has committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $3500 to help bring this child home.
Funds donated to Lifesong for Orphans will be given to help cover adoption expenses. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs--nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans administrative costs.
Will you invest financially in the life of this child? It will be an investment with eternal return. God bless you for laying your treasures up in Heaven. 

Thank you ALL in advance! We sure do thank our God upon EVERY remembrance of you! :) :) Thank you for helping us to rescue AnnaBella! We'd LOVE to email you a photo of her! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One or the Other!

We can confess one thing or the other. We can talk about the problems we are going through (which is what we usually tend to do), or we can choose to confess that God is with us. 

God gives us a WONDERFUL promise in Isaiah 43:2: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall NOT overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall NOT be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you." 

God promises that when we go through these deep waters that He will be with us. When we are enduring the fiery trial, He says, "You will NOT be burned." That means we need to change our confession to "Father, I thank You that You are with me in this trial. You are bigger than this problem and I trust You!"

This truly describes our day yesterday! Truly. It was hard, and yet God showed Himself so faithful throughout the entire day! Thank you God! I'm so sorry that I doubted you! Thank you!

  1. Does the place you’re called to labor
    Seem so small and little known?
    It is great if God is in it,
    And He’ll not forget His own.

Let us all strive to remember this very thing!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Little is much when God is in it!

This has become one of my favorite hymns. Written in 1924, it truly describes the Christian life in a nutshell! Oh Lord how I strive to live these words for you! 

Today after church a young man (a member of a fellow adopting family currently awaiting travel dates to China for 2 boys)  handed me some money and said...this is for you guys. It was $15.00 for our adoption. It's a true picture of this song in action! Thank you Lord!

  1. In the harvest field now ripened
    There’s a work for all to do;
    Hark! the voice of God is calling,
    To the harvest calling you.
    • Refrain:
      Little is much when God is in it!
      Labor not for wealth or fame;
      There’s a crown, and you can win it,
      If you go in Jesus’ name.
  2. In the mad rush of the broad way,
    In the hurry and the strife,
    Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
    Give to them the Word of Life.
  3. Does the place you’re called to labor
    Seem so small and little known?
    It is great if God is in it,
    And He’ll not forget His own.
  4. Are you laid aside from service,
    Body worn from toil and care?
    You can still be in the battle,
    In the sacred place of prayer.
  5. When the conflict here is ended
    And our race on earth is run,
    He will say, if we are faithful,
    “Welcome home, My child—well done!”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We thank our God upon EVERY remembrance of you! Phil 1:3

And that is EXACTLY what we are doing this day! Thank you so much to the generous folks that gave to our You Caring Page. What an amazing blessing it is to us to have such encouragement! We now only need $1,630.00 to meet our next goal! In one day we received $370.00!! Yay! Did you know that to meet our goal we need only 20 people to give $81.50 each?? There are so many people that would like to help in one way or another with the orphan crisis in our world. Many times I've donated to other's adoptions when there was a need. It's such a GREAT way to help! Right now we are asking for donations to our You Caring Page because this money goes directly into our checking account so that we have immediate access to it. This is important at this stage. 

Many of you have asked if you could see a photo of our precious little girl that we are bringing home! You can see a photo of her HERE!! We will name her AnnaBella Grace. She is 5 years old and isn't she just precious?? A picture truly is worth 1,000 words and we just can NOT wait to bring her home! It's so hard, because I LOVE photos and we are not able to post photos of her until she is officially ours in their court system. It's soooooooo hard! So for now, I can show you that one! I do have precious up to date photos that I look at daily! 

Many of you have also asked what things are looking like for our time frame to take our first trip to meet her. I think it's probably going to be this Fall sometime. We just received I-800 A approval from our government and so now a BIG pile of papers about us are being compiled, and once we make our next payment, those papers will be appostilled and sent to Bulgaria for review and our first trip will be set up for us!

Just another reminder of what a difference that love and prayers make in the lives of a child:

Jerry and JoyAnna home one year on August 6th, 2015!!! Amazing! 
We stand amazed at God's provision. Someone had once said to us:  If it's in God's will, He'll foot the bill! And it's sooooooo true!

Thank you! We sure do love you! 

Thursday, September 03, 2015

We saw Jesus this day! /Reece's rainbow

Got this wonderful email from a dear friend the day after the wedding! Her words are true and precious! 

Just can't stop thinking about the day. The wedding day.  I keep thinking about Glenn savoring that long hug of Maddie at the altar. It was a beautiful picture of how she is treasured by her wonderful parents. And as awkward as that all was at rehearsal, he perfectly handed her over to Mitchell without any awkwardness. I sensed God's presence in that moment.  I sense that we can't really comprehend the impact this day and this marriage is having in the Kingdom of God. I am so overwhelmed by the Lord's blessing resting upon everyone who attended today. I believe God began healing in people's relationships with Him today. I believe the Holy Spirit began working on brokenhearted marriages today. I believe He brought conviction to sinners through Mitch & Maddie's testimony today. I believe He brought hope to young people who are wondering about their own futures. I believe healing and restoration is forging ahead in your family  into a whole new level. I believe many saw Jesus this weekend. God is leading through the Valley and He will lead all the way to the mountain top.  I believe there is Power in the name of Jesus and I proclaim it!!!!! I am stirred by His presence here with me as I write these words. Fall is one of my favorite seasons! I love it. But at the end of August every year I grieve over the loss of Summer. Its happening to me right now. That's exactly where we are right now with our children. We are grieving over the season that is over. But very soon we will be wrapped up in a new, beautiful, glorious season that will wow us with all of its beauty and splendor! I love you 

Thank you Jesus!