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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Roller Coaster

Jasper Speaks:

Kendra and I are just back from a great me in Seattle at the Refresh Conference. God showed us a lot and helped us to learn quite a bit while we were there. The theme was Me Too and they emphasized that we are not alone on the adoption journey. Some of the things were learned were encouraging. It helps you to know that you are not the only one on this path. There were moments we both nodded and felt a connection in our soul as people shared their experiences.

Spiritually it was a magnificent time. Still, the enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy. Upon our return things got harder at home. We prayed through that and God is faithful as he calmed our spirits. Then today happened.

It seems that Uganda has made some pretty significant changes to their adoption process. It is unclear how these will play out but the worst case scenario would be us not being able to complete the adoption.

God's timing is perfect. We got this news right after a refreshing weekend where we felt God move in our spirits. We know that God can do anything, This process has never been in our control. He is the one who has this plan completely thought out.

The coming days may be difficult. We are walking blind with no control. God desires us to live life without a net. We are trusting him no matter what comes our way. We do ask that you join us in prayer that our adoption will  not be affected and that we will accept God's plan whatever that may be.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Friday, January 08, 2016

Beauty For Ashes: a Smithton Story 

Jasper Speaks:

My new book is out and ready for purchase. This has been a long time in coming and I am excited to share it with you. It is a work of Christian fiction with redemption in its center. All proceeds from the sell will go to our adoption fund. Here are the three places where you can purchase it:



















Create Space:
https://www.createspace.com/5977255

Amazon Paperback:
http://tinyurl.com/hedl6ty

Amazon Kindle:
http://tinyurl.com/zqaspbf

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Thanks!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tamir Rice and Raising A Black Son in 21st Century America


Jasper Speaks:
I am saddened by the choice not to let the tragedy of the Tamir Rice shooting be played out in court. I find great fear in my heart when I think about my little boy living in a world where this same situation could occur to him. Our society and its view on black men is horrendous. My heart ached as I read this article.

My boy is 9 and 1/2. That means he is only one year away from these statistics. He is gentle, kind and loving. He is also all boy. I pray that God will protect him from people who judge him by his outward appearance. I pray that his life never hangs in the balance of conditioned prejudice. I pray he is safe always.

My hear hurts that I have to even consider these things. Our country likes to think it has come a long way in race relations in the past century; days like this prove we are very wrong. There seems to be great injustice still going on in our country. I have a deep desire to see that end before my son grows up. Most days, that seems only like a dream.

Pray for the peace of our country. Pray that my son may grow up in a better world than this.