Once upon a time there was a small family with three children, Tom, Sarah, and Anna. They thought comfort was the way life was supposed to work when following God.
(As they now tell their children, “That was just plain silly!”)
They started traveling on an invisible tightrope of faith, following God across the Grand Canyon. As you can imagine, this was NOT comfortable. The winds blew. The monsters below roared. The tight rope remained invisible.
Yet, they found such amazing blessing on the other side.
They found the blessing of Max across that canyon. In Eastern Europe he waited in a country now closed to adoption.
They found the blessing of Bekah, Gabriel, and Rachel on the continent of Africa. The tight rope swayed, but the acts of God brought them falling into their arms.
In a far off Asian nation, through a house fire and a break in (Who knew those things were on an invisible tight rope?)….was a little girl named Jael of three and a half that would have amputation surgery and ROCK prosthetics.
Across the chasm they found a son, Jonathan, that would pass away and only be held in their dreams.
Across the bottomless chasm of faith, Benjamin followed from the same Eastern European nation. They labeled him “Down Syndrome” and said that diminished his worth. He was shuttled off to a mental institution and kept in a shed during the days and a dark room through the night…drugged to keep him compliant.
This family wondered if they could still keep going. Faith was making them very uncomfortable. They KNEW the blessing at the other side, but also knew the monsters that tried to rattle them while they were crossing. “Fear” and “Attacks” were ugly monsters. Their knobby and grubby claws would reach out when least expected.
Yet the ever growing family remembered the blessings.
These same blessings now stood on the tight rope with them calling, “Go Mommy and Daddy! Go!”
So they went across the Grand Canyon….again to Asia. In May of last year they breached the abyss for a little boy named Timothy. He had this crazy sounding diagnoses (even harder to spell) called “Arthrogryposis”. It sounded like the monsters they avoided, but instead had beautiful almond eyes and a tiny body. Yes, this little gift would endure many surgeries, but he would also smile like no one else’s business!
This chasm, that had seemed so great, had brought such blessing. They sat and laid back, a picnic came into mind. Yet on a whisper of a breeze they heard calling. They heard the calling of the orphan, of the lonely…of two little girls that longed to be daughters, sisters, grandchildren, and loved.
They were given names from God, Grace~Victory (a whisper heard for two years) and Hope~Glory. They had also been given the name “Down Syndrome”. With Hope~Glory’s added name of “Heart Issue” they waited. They waited for the family across the Grand Canyon…. to hear the whisper.
Would this family spread out their picnic and get comfortable? Would they listen to the whisper? That’s where this story began.
Our names are Thomas and Kat Marr. The blessings are our children. After 23 years of marriage….our two oldest children married with new born babies of their own….two more children await our arms. Two more children are whispering across the canyon.
We can’t do it alone though. We need your help. We are in the midst of medical adventures with our children at home and financially cannot bridge this gap without you. We need you.
We have been offered a matching grant of $4000 toward bringing our daughters home. If we meet it, we receive $8000 of which we need every penny. Actually, we need much more than that, but this will bring us about a third of the way there. For this we are forever thankful.
We ask you to join us, in both prayer and financially. We KNOW it is a sacrifice. We cannot ignore those whispers though.
If you wish to know more about our family or even follow us on our trip to the girls, you can find our blog at…http://everlastingmomentum.blogspot.com
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