Friday, October 7, 2011

It's been a while...

So, it came to my attention today that it's been awhile since any of us have posted here on I Am One. Whoops.

If it makes it any better... it's been a while since I've posted on my personal blog? haha.

I know that all of us have been in transition lately. Everything from the start of a new school year to the end of school altogether to traveling all of America to babysit for families traveling to finalize adoptions (ahem... check out the craziness Joanna's been up to lately... seriously, I swear she is never home. haha)... we've all been doing a little bit of everything. Yet, in the midst of that, we've all still been loving & advocating for orphans all over... we just haven't been very good at updating about what we're up to. :)

On that note, I want to tell you about the job I just got and started this week. It is a challenging job, but I have a feeling it's going to be one of the best jobs. So, what am I doing and does it really belong on this blog, not my personal one?
My new job is as an overnight babysitter 2 nights a week for 3 kids ages 4(at the end of the month), 2, and 10 months. Without revealing pretty much any of their story, we'll just say that this is a new living situation and they are in the custody, not of their parents, but of close relatives. These 3 kids are social orphans. Like I said, it's not an easy job, especially since the oldest one has control issues and can be quite the handful. But I love that God has given me this opportunity to do something I'm passionate about: trying to pour His love into hurting children.

I would absolutely appreciate your prayers for my job and for these kids. I'll probably blog, from time to time, about my times with them either here or on my personal blog (I'm also in the middle of a series about my time in Uganda and something that God used to change my world while I was there. It's a bit slow in coming, but I think it's worth a read. ;) ) and I will refer to them only by initials, for their privacy. So, please pray for me and please join me in praying for O, J, and S. (The older 2 are boys & the baby is a girl, fyi)

And if there is anything I and/or the other girls can be praying about for you, PLEASE let us know. We would be honored to pray for you.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Truth Pandemic - Get the facts about HIV/AIDS and Adoption

I know many of you may have seen this video before, but I just wanted to put it out there again as a reminder of the lies people believe and the consequences that orphans, widows, and people everywhere suffer due to a simple lack of knowledge.

Spread the truth. Its contagious. :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

These hands are dedicated to change.

I just wanted to share this song, because it has an awesome message (as does the music video) and I know that, for me, it brings to mind specific faces of orphans and vulnerable children all over that have managed to find a place in my heart.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mission Photo Monday

Hi, this is Sharon.

In May I got the amazing opportunity to go meet a little boy that I sponsored for 2 years. He's from China. 

(December 2011)

His name is William and he was adopted by an amazing family here in the U.S., and was finally able to came home in March. They graciously allowed me to come and visit them for a week. I was so very excited to finally be able to meet the little boy I had watched grow up over the years! I had seen millions of pictures heard many stories about him from others that had been able to go to China to meet him (at Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village). 



But it had always been a dream of mine to actually meet him myself.

And that dream finally came true!

(Our first picture together!)

Meeting William for the first time was amazing!!!!! His family is such a perfect fit for him! Only God could have orchestrated that! I was just amazed at how much they love him and encourage him to succeed. It was great to hear about how God called his family to adopt in the first place and how their lives have changed since then (they have 2 from China now). I was so inspired by their heart for adoption and their love for orphans. 

(William's family)

(William, his mom, and I with at Lake Michigan)

God's plans for William are beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of for him myself (well duh, I should know that by now)! William is doing so well, he's only been home 3 months and already adjusting so well. 

His medical needs are being taken care of so well and surgeries for his hand/arm are already being planned. He was a "broken" little boy at birth with so many things not normal, but he doesn't let anything stop him and he is doing so well! 

(Wow, can you get a cuter than this?)

It was so priceless to be able to hold him in my arms and look in his precious eyes! God is going to do something amazing with his life, I just know it! 

I'm adding a video of William singing so you can get a better perspective on how precious he is! :)

(Singing Jesus Loves Me)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mission Photo Monday

My sister, waiting to come home from Eastern Europe.

Love her.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Missions Photo Monday!

Ok, so this poor baby has been left alone for a little too long, so I thought I'd bring back something I love that Anna & Ashton sometimes do... Missions Photo Monday!

In 2007, I had the awesome opportunity of going to Lima, Peru with Brio Magazine! It was a totally awesome experience. :)

We spent some time just hanging out with the kids:

And we also did a mime skit that was an allegory of the salvation message and one day, we did some cleaning and painting at a school:

P.S. The majority of these pictures were taken by our awesome team leader, Rex. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Autism: The Musical

I'm going to be honest and admit that I do not know a lot about autism.  I have been around children with autism before but I never took the time to research or understand autism.  I'm sad that I didn't take that time earlier.  But I did take that time and I am so happy I did.

If you have the time I highly suggest watching this documentary.  It is AMAZING.  I learned a lot about autism from it.  It is on youtube and the other parts should pop up when you are done watching part 1.  It is a little long but I feel it is worth it.

Happy Learning!